ECON 2511 - Thinking Strategically II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code ECON 2511 Course Thinking Strategically II Coordinating Unit School of Economics Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Incompatible ECON 3503 & ECON 7062 Assumed Knowledge ECON 1005 or equivalent Course Description This course provides an introduction to decision making in strategic situations using the language and tools of non-cooperative and cooperative game theory. The emphasis is very much on basic understanding rather than formal statements of results. Examples and applications are drawn from economics, business strategy, political science, philosophy and literature, including models of commitment, reputation, bargaining, power and voting, problems in fair division, and matching.
Course Coordinator: Dr Dmitriy Kvasov
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesThe purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to central themes and results in both non-cooperative and cooperative game theory.
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Possess a solid grasp of the mathematics of Nash equilibrium and know how to apply it to specific problems 2 Develop an understanding of the Shapley value and become familiar with its uses 3 Develop an understanding of the Gale–Shapley algorithm and become familiar with its uses 4 Acquire a basic toolkit from game theory; develop skills in the translation of economic problems into game-theoretic notation; be able to select an appropriate solution concept; and be able to compute equilibrium strategies
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,3,4 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,2,3,4 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,2,3,4 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1,2,3,4 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,2,3,4 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 2
Game Theory by H. Peters, 2008.
Electronic version of the books are available free of charge from the library.
Additional required reading resources will be announced during the semester on MyUni or in class.
The course uses MyUni and it is a student’s responsibility to check the website regularly.
Course material such as lecture notes, assignments, and assignment answer guides will be available on MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLearning in this course is through lectures, tutorial, and personal study.
The lectures will provide you with the necessary understanding of the material to be able to solve the exercises you will be given during tutorial, assignments or exams.
The tutorials will be organised as follows:
- Your tutor will present the solutions for one of the exercises you were asked to prepare to illustrate what is expected from you in solving these kinds of problems.
- Students will then be asked to come to the board and present their work and answers to some of the tutorial exercises. Your tutor will provide assistance if needed and questions from other students are strongly encouraged.
The practical learning approach will be incorporated through the tutorials as described above. The online discussion board will also provide a dynamic forum for students to share and develop their ideas.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Students in the course are expected to attend all two-hour lectures and/or tutorial throughout the semester. Students are also expected to commit approximately 4 to 6 hours to private study, that is, study outside of your regular classes.
Learning Activities SummaryWeeks 1-7: Non-Cooperative Game Theory
- Games in extensive form.
- Backward induction.
- Strategies and Information.
- Games in normal form.
- Nash equilibrium.
- Repeated Games.
- Mechanism Design.
- Assignment and matching problems.
- Bankruptcy problems.
- Shapley Value.
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Mid-semester Test 30% Assignment 1 15% Assignment 2 15% Final Exam 50%
- There will be two assignments and one mid-semester exam during the semester. The goal of the assignments is to facilitate preparation for the exams. The assignments and mid semester exam are compulsory and NOT redeemable, unless a student has a medical certificate which has to be presented to the lecturer before any redemption can be arranged.
- The final exam will cover the entire course. All material from the lectures, the textbook, or the tutorials is examinable.
- Legible hand-writing and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process. Marks may be deducted in the final examination because of poor hand-writing.
- Assessment marks prior to the final exam may be displayed on the course website. Students are encouraged to check their marks and notify the lecturer-in-charge of any discrepancies.
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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