ECC5650 - Microeconomic theory - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Economics

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jeffrey LaFrance


Professor Jeffrey LaFrance

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Students must be enrolled in course 3194.


Neoclassical theories of demand, supply, and equilibrium at a level that permits rigorous analysis. Topics include the existence theorem of utility functions, properties of demand and supply functions, dynamic choice for producers and consumers, risk and uncertainty in competitive markets, and the existence and optimality of competitive equilibrium.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. deepen understanding of microeconomic analysis acquired during undergraduate training
  2. undertake rigorous analysis of microeconomic issues, including the determinants of relative prices and their effects on resource allocation
  3. learn some more advanced analyses going beyond the traditional model and taking account of some real-world complications
  4. acquire proficiency in handling optimisation problems and have a basic understanding of general equilibrium analysis.


Within semester assessment: 40% + Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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