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Unit information: Microeconomics in 2021/22

Unit name Microeconomics
Unit code ECONM1010
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Julia Wirtz
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Economics
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit aims to provide a thorough understanding of the basic concepts in microeconomics with more emphasis on the technical aspects relative to microeconomics taught at the undergraduate level. The course begins with an analysis of consumer theory, moving on to choice in uncertain and strategic situations.

The Unit aims are: to introduce the central ideas, concepts and tools of microeconomics; to develop analytical rigour; and to prepare students for independent economic thinking about policy issues.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course:

  1. Students will have learned the fundamental principles of economic decision making by individual agents in markets and strategic environments.
  2. Students will be able to apply the mathematical techniques taught to analyse individual agents facing various economic decision making problems.
  3. Students will be able to assess welfare implication of economic policies by evaluating their potential impact on individual agents’ decision making.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions such as online teaching for large and small group, face-to-face small group classes (where possible) and interactive learning activities

Assessment Information

Exam (100%)


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How much time the unit requires
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