MICROECONOMICS - 2021/2
Module code: ECOM020
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The module examines how consumers and firms behave in a formal framework with strict assumptions. This will demonstrate the art of formal modelling which requires simplifying a problem by identifying the key elements of an agent’s behaviour without trivialising the issue. Thinking in a structured framework and the importance of rigorous arguments will be highlighted.
GARFAGNINI Umberto (Economics)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: L120
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
- The theory of consumer choice
- Choice under uncertainty
- Household consumption
- Theory of the firm
- General equilibrium and the fundamental welfare theorems
- Asymmetric information – adverse selection
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|School-timetabled exam/test||IN-SEMESTER TEST - 1 HOUR AND 15 MINUTES||25|
|Examination||EXAMINATION - 2 HOURS||75|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in microeconomic analysis, their understanding of the appropriate techniques to use and their growing appreciation of the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- An in-semester test in Week 7 (1 hour and 15 minutes)
- A final examination in Week 13-15 (two hours) consisting of a mix of compulsory and selected questions
Formative assessment and feedback
Students will receive verbal feedback during the lectures through direct interaction.
Before each coursework test, students will be given a list of sample questions, similar, in their complexity, to the questions at the test itself, and will be encouraged to ask questions. After the class test, each student will receive their own script back with comments and a written indicative marking scheme so that they can judge their own performance and prepare for the final exam.
- To provide students with a comprehensive understanding of advanced conceptual and mathematical tools in microeconomic theory
- Enable students with the ability to critically evaluate current research
- Understand and analyse complex issues in a systematic manner
|001||Explain and discuss in a critical and systematic manner core principles in microeconomic theory||K|
|002||Use key mathematical techniques common in microeconomic theory||C|
|003||Apply the acquired knowledge to relevant and complex economic problems||CT|
|004||Continue to advance their knowledge in order to tackle and solve new economic problems||CPT|
|005||Export their knowledge to professional environments which involve complex economic decisions||P|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 121
Lecture Hours: 20
Tutorial Hours: 9
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
- prepare the students for the study of economics and econometrics at FHEQ Level 7 (first week)
- Familiarise students to approaches in standard microeconomic theory.
- Familiarise students with a systematic approach to the analysis of complex situations.
- This will be achieved through lecture presentation supported by weekly tutorials to go over the previous week’s problem set.
The learning and teaching methods include:
- readings using lecturers’ guidance
- solving exercises
- responding to questions in class in week 1
- preparing and taking part in the test
- 4.5 hours of lectures per week in week 1
- 2 hours lectures x 11 weeks
- 1 hour tutorials x 9 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.
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