Intermediate Microeconomics

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Intermediate Microeconomics

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Business, Economics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Assumed Knowledge


  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview


    This course builds on the microeconomic principles studied in the first year by extending students' knowledge and understanding of microeconomic phenomena and the environment within which consumers, firms, businesses and governments operate. The course provides microeconomic principles that can be applied to improve managerial decision making and the formulation of an effective public policy to improve the welfare of the citizenry. Topics include making choices under uncertainty, industry structures, markets for factors of production, firm strategy, organisational architecture or systems, market failure, regulation and firm governance. The course helps students to develop a critical thinking ability and a mastery of the theoretical and analytical tools as well as their application for solving real world microeconomic problems, thereby providing a basis for more specialised study of third year economics.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. Critically assess traditional approaches to consumer, producer and market structure theories and have insights into alternate perspectives.

    2. Apply microeconomic concepts to inform business decisions and governance in the workplace and develop an appreciation of synergies with other disciplines in the business faculty.

    3. Demonstrate a proficiency in utilising numerical and graphical techniques.

    4. Work collaboratively when communicating microeconomic principles and their applications.

    5. Apply microeconomic theory to explain and inform real world economic events and debates.

    6. Comprehend how economics can be utilised to improve business competitiveness through strategic industry decisions and internal firm architecture.


    This course may include but is not limited to the following topics:

    Markets and information.
    Market demand and production costs.
    Market structure and product pricing.
    Economics of firm strategy.
    Game theory and incentive contracts.
    The Labour market.
    Vertical integration and outsourcing.
    Firm architecture and evaluation.
    Internal governance in the firm.
    Government regulation and the firm

    Assessment Items

    Presentation: Tutorial Exercises with Group Presentation

    In Term Test: Class Test

    Formal Examination: Formal Exam

    Contact Hours


    Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


    Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.