Courses & Units

Intermediate Microeconomics BEA200



Intermediate Microeconomics has two main purposes.First, it provides the basic foundations of economics. Starting from a number of fundamental assumptions, this unit develops the neoclassical theory of the optimising behaviour of consumers and firms and the process of interaction of these agents within various market structures. Intermediate Microeconomics provides the essential building blocks for higher-level economics and finance units. Second, Intermediate Microeconomics shows how the economic theory developed can be directly applied to help solve the day-to-day decisions that face managers, financiers and economists such as dealing with risk and time, minimising cost, production, maximising profit through pricing and analysing markets and competition. It achieves this through application of the theory to real-world examples and solving problems of this nature. The microeconomic theory is demonstrated and applied using graphical analysis (plotting functions, identifying slope and intercept) and simple algebra (manipulation of equations, solving sets of equations). Students are expected to have these skills before undertaking the unit. In addition an understanding of simple calculus (differentiation) is useful, but will be taught as part of the unit. It is a compulsory unit for the Bachelor of Economics (BEc) and combined degrees through being a unit in the compulsory Economics Linked Minor. It is a compulsory unit for the Business Economics Major in the Bachelor of Business (BBus).


Unit name Intermediate Microeconomics
Unit code BEA200
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Tasmanian School of Business & Economics (TSBE)
Discipline Economics and Finance

Dr Paul Blacklow

Teaching staff

Dr Paul Blacklow

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 23/2/2015 23/3/2015 13/4/2015 29/5/2015

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2015: $1,283.00 2015: $1,957.00 091901

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Teaching Pattern

1 x 2 hour lecture, 1 x 1 hour workshop per week.


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