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Course Description

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This course is an analysis of the behaviour of households and firms under alternative assumptions and market conditions.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • calculate elasticities;
  • determine the market equilibrium;
  • compute total/marginal/ average costs;
  • find profit-maximizing prices and quantities, risk premiums, and Nash equilibria of games;
  • critically examine everyday economic events;
  • apply mathematical concepts and tools to explain basic economic models and the interaction between economic variables;
  • understand basic principles of microeconomics
  • demonstrate basic economic models;
  • understand the successes and failures of government intervention in the market ;
  • explain the role of public policies, such as competition policy, environmental policy, and trade policy

Course Topics

  • Review of Supply and Demand, Market Equilibrium, Elasticity
  • Balancing Benefits and Costs
  • Consumption Preferences
  • Constraints, Choices, and Demand
  • From Demand to Welfare
  • Production Decisions
  • Cost
  • Profit Maximization
  • Choices Involving Time (selected topics)
  • Choices Involving Strategy (selected topics)
  • Equilibrium and Efficiency
  • Market Interventions
  • Monopoly
  • Pricing Strategies
  • Oligopoly

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): (ECON*1050 or FARE*1040), (1 of IPS*1500, MATH*1030, MATH*1080, MATH*1200)


Assessment Items Weight
Discussion 10%
Assignments (3) 30%
Online Final Exam 60%
Total 100%

Note: You must achieve a passing grade on the Final Examination in order to pass this course.


Additional Technical Requirements

Virtual Classroom is a video conferencing tool used to facilitate synchronous virtual meetings. You are responsible for ensuring that your computer system meets the necessary system requirements. You will need to have a microphone, headset or speakers, and a webcam to participate fully in Virtual Classroom sessions.

This course will use the Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. In order to use Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor, you must meet the following technical requirements:

  1. Operating Systems: Windows 10, 8, 7; Mac OS X 10.10 or higher.
  1. Memory: Windows 2 GB RAM; Mac 512 MB RAM.
  1. For Mac users: Safari must function properly on the computer.
  1. Mac users must have Adobe Flash Player installed to Safari, even if a different browser is normally used.
  1. Functioning webcam and microphone. The webcam and microphone can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. (You will be required to do an environment scan of your room, so please ensure you can move your computer, laptop or webcam for this scan.)
  1. A broadband Internet connection. It is recommended that you access the Internet via a wired connection.

Technical Requirements

You are responsible for ensuring that your computer system meets the necessary system requirements. Use the browser check tool to ensure your browser settings are compatible and up to date (results will be displayed in a new browser window).

*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Intermediate Microeconomics
January 11, 2021 to April 12, 2021
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,748.00 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes
Note:  If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above.  You must register through WebAdvisor.
Section Materials
  • Textbook (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) Microeconomics by B. Douglas Bernheim and Michael D. Whinston © 2014 McGraw-Hill ISBN 9780073375854
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