Module description


Economics shows us that incentives are important. The insights provided are relevant for decision-makers in industry or politics. Starting with the classic theory of consumer behaviour and market equilibrium, the module traces the role of incentives and its consequences for social welfare in a variety of economic situations. Basic game theory, imperfect competition, public goods and information economics are covered.

Additional Information:

This is a basic theory course, but the content is applicable in every country. The examples used in this module can be applied to any firm or decision.

All of the resources for this module are available on the ELE (Exeter Learning Environment).

Full module specification

Module title:Microeconomics
Module code:BEEM101
Module level:M
Academic year:2014/5
Module lecturers:
  • Professor Rajiv Sarin - Lecturer
Module credit:15
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:


Module aims

The aim of the module is to develop the basic tools for analysing problems of resource allocation used by economists working in research, government and business.  The module deals with positive and normative problems.  It seeks to include modern developments without being overly mathematical, and to develop a capacity to apply economic concepts to real-world problems

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. represent the key ingredients of microeconomic problems in the form of tractable models
  • 2. solve the models
  • 3. derive testable implications of the models
  • 4. critically discuss the adequacy of the models

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. apply economic reasoning to decision problems
  • 6. use economic analysis to construct explanations for observed economic actions
  • 7. understand the nature of incentives, game theory and opportunity costs in decision-making

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. engage in abstract thinking by extracting the essential features of complex systems to facilitate problem solving and decision-making
  • 9. engage in deductive and inductive reasoning to enhance problem solving and decision-making skills
  • 10. plan and manage their time effectively in relation to deadlines
  • 11. demonstrate a logical argument, analyse and interpret data and evaluate alternative perspectives on the basis of objective reasoning
  • 12. communicate and present complex arguments in oral and written form with clarity and succinctness

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Contact hours22Lectures
Contact Hours4Tutorials

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
3 in term tests50 minutes1-12Oral, and Written (ELE)

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Examination25%35 minutes1-12Oral and written feedback form
Examination25%35 minutes1-12Oral and written feedback form
Examination5050 minutes1-12Oral and written feedback form

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ExaminationExamination (100%)1-12Aug/Sep

Syllabus plan

The first part of the module covers individual decision making (preference and choice, demand theory, production, choice under uncertainty) and basic concepts of general equilibrium theory. The second part of the module includes introduction into game theory, market equilibrium and market failure, monopoly and oligopoly. An indicative weekly
plan is the following:
• The theory of the consumer.
• Consumer theory: duality
• Further models on consumer behaviour
• Production
• Cost/supply and firm objectives,
• The theory of the competitive market.
• Monopoly.
• Game Theory
• Oligopoly
• Choice under uncertainty.
• Insurance, risk spreading and pooling

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

The main source for this course  is:

  • · G.A. Jehle and P.J. Reny (2000), Advanced Microeconomic Theory, 2nd Edition, Addison Wesley Longman



The following books are recommended as a supplementary reading:

  • · D.M. Kreps, D (1990), A course in Microeconomic Theory, Princeton.
  • · A. Mas-Colell, M.D. Whinston and J.R. Green (1995), Microeconomic Theory, Oxford
  • · H. Varian (1982), Microeconomic Analysis, 3rd edition,Norton


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