ECON 1002 Consumers, Firms and Markets (WSTC)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 700249

Coordinator Abdullah Al Aabed Opens in new window

Description This unit is an introduction to microeconomics. It provides students with an understanding of basic concepts such as value, rational consumer behaviour, the behaviour of firms in various market structures, the efficiency and failings of markets, the distribution of wealth and income, and the role of government regulation and intervention. It illuminates these concepts by considering and debating their application to contemporary economic and social issues such as: the influence of marketing on consumer choices, the concentration of market power in Australian industries, rising income and wealth inequality, minimum wage laws, and governmental responses to environmental problems and climate change.

School Business

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject

Equivalent Subjects MKTG 1005 - Consumers Firms and Markets

Restrictions Students must be enrolled at Western Sydney University, The College. Students enrolled in extended diplomas must pass 40 credit points from the preparatory subjects listed in the program structure prior to enrolling in this University level subject.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Apply microeconomic concepts to contemporary economic settings.
  2. Apply geometric and mathematical concepts and techniques of analysis.
  3. Interpret basic theoretical models of market structures.
  4. Explain how microeconomic concepts have informed public policy debate on a variety of contemporary politico-economic issues.
  5. Analyse critically with respect to theory and policy.

Subject Content

History and methodology.
Supply and demand.
Consumer choice and individual demand.
Anomalous consumer choice and individual demand.
Market demand and elasticities.
Production, costs and optimising.
Perfect and monopolistic competition.
Monopolies.
Oligopolies.
Labour markets.
Capital markets.
Externalities.
Public and common goods.
History and methodology.
Supply and demand.
Consumer choice and individual demand.
Anomalous consumer choice and individual demand.
Market demand and elasticities.
Production, costs and optimising.
Perfect and monopolistic competition.
Monopolies.
Oligopolies.
Labour markets.
Capital markets.
Externalities.
Public and common goods.
History and methodology.
Supply and demand.
Consumer choice and individual demand.
Anomalous consumer choice and individual demand.
Market demand and elasticities.
Production, costs and optimising.
Perfect and monopolistic competition.
Monopolies.
Oligopolies.
Labour markets.
Capital markets.
Externalities.
Public and common goods.

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Debate/presentation 15 minutes 15 N Group
Short Answer (Consisting of short answer and extended response) 500 words total 25 N Individual
Quizzes X 4 (online or paper based, consisting of multiple choice and short answer) 30 minutes 20 N Individual
End of session exam 2 hours 40 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Frank, RH, 2014, Microeconomics and Behavior, 9th edn, McGraw-Hill/Irwin, New York, NY

Teaching Periods

2022 Trimester 1

Bankstown

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Subject Contact Abdullah Al Aabed Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Parramatta City - Macquarie St

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Subject Contact Abdullah Al Aabed Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Trimester 2

Bankstown

Day

Subject Contact Abdullah Al Aabed Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Parramatta City - Macquarie St

Day

Subject Contact Abdullah Al Aabed Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Trimester 3

Bankstown

Day

Subject Contact Abdullah Al Aabed Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Parramatta City - Macquarie St

Day

Subject Contact Abdullah Al Aabed Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

View timetable Opens in new window