ECON 2512 - Advanced Economics Analysis II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code ECON 2512 Course Advanced Economics Analysis II Coordinating Unit School of Economics Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites ECON 1011 or ECON 1008 or STATS 1000 or STATS 1005, ECON 1004, ECON 2506 Incompatible ECON 2509 Assumed Knowledge ECON 1005 or ECON 1010 Restrictions Only available to B.Ec (Advanced) students Course Description This course has two key and complementary objectives: To advance the students' understanding of microeconomic theory beyond Principles of Microeconomics I and Intermediate Microeconomics IIA; and to further develop analytical techniques and research skills from Advanced Economic Analysis I. Enrolment is restricted to BEc(Adv) students. By the end of the course students will have an understanding of the nature of theoretical research and analysis in microeconomics. Students will develop skills in applying theoretical analysis to topics such as market failure and uncertainty, general equilibrium analysis, the role of government and behavioural economics.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Mandar OakFirst 6 weeks of the course will be taught by Dr Duygu Yengin
Last 6 weeks of the course will be taught by Associate Professor Mandar Oak.
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAfter successfully participating in this course student will be able to:
1 Understand the the microeconomic underpinnings of welfare economics 2 Make a welfare-economic argument 3 Evaluate the validity of welfare-economic arguments 4 Be familiar with welfare economic concepts (such as allocative efficiency, social welfare, externalities, etc.) 5 Research and write concise comments on welfare-economic topics 6 Complete a group research project and communicate the findins
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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, 4 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2,5,6 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 5,6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 5 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1,4,5
Hal R. Varian (2009): Intermediate Microeconomics: A Modern Approach, W. W. Norton & Company; Eighth Edition edition (December 3, 2009)
Workouts in Intermediate Microeconomics. Theodore C. Bergstrom. 9th Edition. W.W.Norton
For the second half of the course (weeks 7-12) we will draw on the material available at
Online LearningWe will use myuni intensively as an online learning tool.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course will use a wide variety of learning modes. Lectures will vary between core lectures and research-training oriented workshops. While the core lectures provide the academic economics
knowledge, the workshops provide hands on experience with research in welfare economics.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.On average beyond attending lectures and tutorials, students are expected to spend about 4 hours per week for reading, solving practice examples, preparing projects and studying. The time required may vary across students and topics.
Learning Activities Summary
The following topics will be covered for the first 6 weeks:
-Review of consumer choice
-Revealed preferences, Buying and Selling
The following topics will be covered during weeks 7-12:
-Choice under uncertainty
-Risk and insurance
-Economics of information
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Assessment SummaryAssignments for Dr Yengin's part (15%)
Midterm on Week 6 (35%)
Assignments for Assoc. Prof. Oak's part: (15%)
Final Exam (35%)
Assessment DetailPlease see the Assessment Summary for a breakdown of the assessment tasks.
Mid-term and Final exam will each be two hour, closed book exams.
Assignments may include problem sets, article presentations and small projects.
No information currently available.
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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