Module Details

EC202-5-FY-CO: Microeconomics (Intermediate)

Year: 2016/17
Department: Economics
Essex credit: 30
ECTS credit: 15
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: Yes
Outside Option: Yes
Pre-requisites: EC111 OR IA151 OR IA153

Supervisor: Dr V Arthi and Dr Y Antler
Teaching Staff: Dr V Arthi and Dr Y Antler
Contact details: For further information, send an email message to

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

The microeconomics course studies some of the fundamental concepts and methods in economics. It equips students with the basic tools and methods of analysis used in economic reasoning. In the first term, the basic theories of consumer and producer behaviour are studied in the context of competitive markets. Then, by combining these two theories, various properties of such markets are investigated together with their welfare properties. In the second term, the focus is on the study of how various imperfections, or frictions, affect the outcomes of decentralised markets.

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to understand the basic model-building methodology of microeconomics and should have conducted some original model-building of simple microeconomic problems. Relatedly, students should be able to conceptualise simple microeconomic issues and understand the analytical reasoning underlying microeconomic analysis. Students should understand the topics covered on several different levels: mathematical as well as graphical and heuristic or verbal. They should have a critical appreciation of the approach taken to economic issues and policies. Students should be able to express their analyses and appraisals in written form.

The module provides students with the following employability skills. Academic skills (literacy, numeracy, ICT skills) are enhanced through essay writing, mathematical problem solving and the use of ICT equipment. Students are encouraged to carry out research and information gathering as background reading. Communication skills are enhanced through various forms of assessment and class participation. Personal development planning (target setting and time management) is also promoted.

Learning and Teaching Methods

2 hours of lectures per week, weeks 2-11, 16-25.
One hour class per week, weeks 3-11, 16-25, 30.


Whichever is the Greater: EITHER 50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark OR 100 per cent Exam Mark


Coursework for this module will be one test and one assignment. Feedback for this module will occur through class meetings where we will go over the answers to problem sets and where you will be able to ask questions about your own method of solution; answers that will be posted on the website for the module that will give you written guidance on the appropriate method to approach the problems, assignments, and tests; and office hours where any additional questions can be addressed. You should be sure that you use these methods to understand how to improve your own performance. For modules including a term paper, the term paper will be returned with individualised feedback that addresses what the marking criteria are and how you could improve your own work.

Exam Duration and Period

3:00 during Summer Examination period.

Other information

Coursework consists of one test and one assignment, the average of which equals the 'coursework mark' for EC202

Compulsory for:
Year 2 students on Single Honours Economics Schemes or Joint Schemes with Economics


  • Main texts:
  • Morgan, W., M. Katz and H. Rosen: Microeconomics, 2nd edition, McGraw-Hill, 2009.
  • H. R. Varian: Intermediate Microeconomics, 9th edition, Norton, 2014.

Further information