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.
Language of instruction
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
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.
- 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
- Introduction to economics
- The basics of supply and demand
- Consumer behaviour
- Individual and market demand
- The cost of production
- Profit maximization and competitive supply
- The analysis of competitive markets
- Imperfect competition: monopoly and monopsony
- Pricing with market power
- Monopolistic competition and oligopoly
- Markets for factor inputs
- Impact of governments decision
- Externalities and public goods
Syllabus of numerical exercises
Selected problems from lectures.
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).
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