Module code: ECO2051

Module Overview

This module on Intermediate Microeconomics focuses primarily on market failures. This module considers a number of cases where the conditions required for perfectly competitive markets fail to hold. These cases include consumption and production externalities, public good, uncertainty and asymmetric information. This module examines how agents behave in these settings and how methods of consumer choice are applied to these cases.

Module provider


Module Leader

BLOW Laura (Economics)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 11

Independent Learning Hours: 64

Lecture Hours: 11

Tutorial Hours: 5

Guided Learning: 32

Captured Content: 27

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Welfare

  • Externalities

  • Public goods

  • Uncertainty

  • Asymmetric information

  • Auction theory

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test TEST 25
Examination Online EXAM 75

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of how the economic (theoretical) frameworks they have studied in the course help to explain important issues such as welfare, externalities, public goods and imperfect information.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • One coursework test (30% of the final mark) held in the class and a final exam (70% of the final mark).

  • The coursework test consists of multiple choice questions and short answer essay and/or problem solving questions (usually held in week 6).

  • The final exam consists of multiple choice questions and essay and/or problem solving questions, with topics covering all 11 weeks or material.

  • The multiple choice test allows students to demonstrate their further understanding of microeconomics, and their ability to correctly describe concepts and solve mathematical problems.

  • The essay and problem solving questions allow students to show in greater depth their verbal and analytical skills to explain and discuss microeconomic theory.

Formative assessment and feedback

Students receive verbal feedback during lectures and workshops/tutorials. They have fortnightly feedback sessions. For these, students are being provided with a set of exercises relating to the lecture material which they solve independently or in teams. In the feedback sessions, they receive feedback on their answers, and guidance on how these answers could be improved. For both the coursework test and the exam, sample questions are made available for students so that they can familiarise themselves with the setup. Model answers and feedback are also provided for these mock exams. Questions can also be posted on the module webpage discussion board.

Module aims

  • To investigate a number of deviations from the perfectively competitive case.
  • To promote an understanding of how agents behave when markets are limited or non-existent. 
  • To investgate ways in which such market failures can be addressed in order to improve economic outcomes.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Understand the implications of different types of market failure for standard microeconomic analysis
002 Be able to solve mathematical problems under these conditions CT
003 For students to be able to graphically and intuitively explain the theory they learn. KCT
004 For students to be able to apply the techniques they learn to unfamiliar situations. KCT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • enhance skills in applying techniques of consumer choice to different situations such as choice under uncertainty or choice of a social planner,

  • enhance understanding and intuition of microeconomic theory

  • enhance skills in applying mathematical methods to microeconomic theory

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • 2 hour lecture per week x 11 weeks

  • 1 hour feeback session per week x 5 weeks

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Business Economics BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Economics BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Financial Mathematics BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics and Economics BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2021/2 academic year.