Faculty of Information Technology, BUT

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Microeconomics

IMIE Acad. year 2010/2011 Summer semester 5 credits

The course familiarises students with the basic tools of microeconomics. Economics is the study of how the society allocates its scarce resources, and microeconomics is the study of the behaviour of households and firms, whose collective decisions determine how the resources are allocated in a free market economy.

Guarantor

Language of instruction

Czech

Completion

Credit+Examination (written+oral)

Time span

26 hrs lectures, 26 hrs exercises

Assessment points

75 exam, 25 exercises

Department

IM FBM BUT

Lecturer

Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Student will be made familiar with the theoretical approaches in the area of microeconomics, and he/she will understand the role of market in relation to other microeconomics entities and will be able to make a critical analysis of real features from the microeconomics area

Learning objectives

The goal of the course is to teach students to "think as an economist," which will help them to understand the world around, make better economic decisions in own lives, and be better informed citizens and voters. The course focuses on the economic theory and therefore will often rely on abstract concepts. However, the course will emphasize the application of these concepts to the real world situations through frequent in-class discussions of current events and interactive learning exercises.

Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills

The course does not require any prior knowledge of economics.

Study literature

  • ŠKAPA, S. Mikroekonomie. VUT v Brně, FP 2004. 90 s. ISBN 80-214-2566-0 (in Czech).
  • MACÁKOVÁ A KOL. Mikroekonomie (základní kurs). 6. vyd. Melandrium, Slaný 2001. 273 s. ISBN 80-86175-14-6 (in Czech).
  • HOLMAN, R. Ekonomie. C.H.Beck 1999. 726 s. ISBN 80-00-686028-1 (in Czech).
  • FRANK, H. R., BERNANKE, B. S. Ekonomie. Grada. 2004. 802 s. ISBN 80-247-0471-4 (in Czech).

Syllabus of lectures

  1. Introduction to economics
  2. The basics of supply and demand
  3. Consumer behaviour
  4. Individual and market demand
  5. Production
  6. The cost of production
  7. Profit maximization and competitive supply
  8. The analysis of competitive markets
  9. Imperfect competition: monopoly and monopsony
  10. Pricing with market power
  11. Monopolistic competition and oligopoly
  12. Markets for factor inputs
  13. Impact of governments decision
  14. Externalities and public goods

Syllabus of numerical exercises

Selected problems from lectures.

Controlled instruction

A semester work, its presentation, and a midterm test earn 25 points.
The final exam consists of:
Written exam: Student has to achieve at least 35 points out of 65 (approximately 12 - 15 exam questions).
Oral exam: Student could achieve 10 points (2 oral questions).
Final grading scheme (a student can achieve max. 25 pts for seminars, 65 points for the written exam, and 10 points for the oral exam, i.e. 100 points in total).

Exam prerequisites

A student has to achieve at least 16 pts out of 25 which are given for seminars and to attend the seminars in 75%. Points will be given for a semester work, its presentation, and for a midterm test.

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, any year of study, Elective
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