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ECON6006 Economic Analysis

Module Overview

The module will cover the fundamental tools of microeconomic analysis.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Use analytical skills through problem solving exercises
  • Apply analytic methods to a variety of economic problems
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic notions of game theory
  • An understanding of how economic theory can be used to model rational choice, market exchange and microeconomic relationships


The main topics to be covered are: - Perfect Markets: Rational Consumers, Profit-maximizing Firms, Perfectly Competitive Markets. - Imperfect Markets: Monopolies and Imperfect Competition, Oligopolies. General Equilibrium Model and Efficiency. - Strategic Interaction: Normal Form Games, Nash Equilibrium and Subgame Perfection

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This is a full course module with 40 hours of lectures and classes in semester 1. There is an emphasis on analytical methods of reasoning and thus problem-solving exercises are important learning tools. Independent work is based around quiz available on line and assigned problem sets, with solutions to selected problems discussed during classes.

Independent Study160
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Microeconomics and Behaviour. 

Microeconomics: An Integrated Approach. 

Companion Web page.


Assessment Strategy

Various pieces of formative assessment delivered online throughout the semester. Summative assessment is through continuous successful participation in class (10%) and an end of semester online assignment (90%). Assessment for referral and external repeat is through assignment only.


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 90%
Class participation 10%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase reading texts as appropriate.

Textbook purchase

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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