Principles of Microeconomics

Commerce & Business Administration
Course Code
ECON 1150
Semester Length
15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course will provide the student with the principal elements of theory concerning the functioning of the price system, utility theory and consumer behaviour, production and costs, market structure, factor pricing and government microeconomic policy.
Course Content
  1. The nature of economics.
  2. An overview of the economy.
  3. The price system: demand, supply and price.
  4. Barriers to trade.
  5. Elasticity of demand and supply.
  6. Price controls.
  7. Household consumption behaviour:  marginal utility and/or indifference curve approaches.
  8. Production and cost:  short-run and long-run.
  9. Comparison of firms operating in different market structures.
  10. Factor pricing and the distribution of national income.
  11. Market failure and government intervention.
Methods Of Instruction

Lecture and seminar.

Means of Assessment
Final Examination 30% - 40%
Term Examination(s) 30% - 70%
Assignments (2-4)   0% - 30%
Participation and/or Quizzes        0% - 10%
Total         100%


Students may conduct research as part of their coursework in this class. Instructors for the course are responsible for ensuring that student research projects comply with College policies on ethical conduct for research involving humans, which can require obtaining Informed Consent from participants and getting the approval of the Douglas College Research Ethics Board prior to conducting the research.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to:

  1. apply the economic concepts of supply and demand to the process of price determination in both perfect and imperfect markets;
  2. explain household market behaviour and the derivation of an industry demand curve;
  3. evaluate the price and output implications of profit maximizing (loss minimizing) behaviour of firms under different demand, cost and market structure conditions, including the derivation of an industry supply curve;
  4. demonstrate the reasons for, and economic consequences of, various forms of government intervention in different markets.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students


The main text is to be chosen from the following as determined by the instructor:


  • Allen, D.  Economic Principles:  Seven Ideas for Thinking…About Almost Anything, Latest Ed.  McInnis     Creek Press.


  • Ragan, C.  Economics, Latest Ed.  Pearson Ed. New York:  Harper & Row.  Mankiw, N.G. et al.  Principles of Microeconomis, Latest Ed.  Thomson Nelson.


  • Mankiw, N.G. et al.  Principles of Microeconomics, Latest Ed.  Thomson Nelson.


  • McConnell, Campbell R., Brue et al.  Economics, Latest Ed.  Toronto:  McGraw-Hill

                Ryerson Limited.


  • Parkin, Michael and Robin Bade.  Economics:  Canada in the Global Environment, Latest Ed.  Don Mills:  Addison-Wesley Publishers Limited.


  • Silberberg, E.  Principles of Microeconomics, Latest Ed.  Pearson Custom Publishing,


  • Or other textbook(s) as approved by the Economics Dept.,


        Supplementary materials may be chosen from the following, as determined by the instructor:


  • Kennedy and Dorosh.  Dateline Canada, Latest Ed.  Prentice-Hall Canada Inc.


  • Study guides for the above texts and the available software.



BC Pre-Calculus 11 OR currently active in the

PDD Accounting or

PDD Accounting Studies or

PDD Global Banking and Economics or

PBD Accounting. 

ECON 1101 recommended.


No corequisite courses.


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Acsenda School of Management (ASM) ASM ECON 121 (3) 2010/09/01 to -
Acsenda School of Management (ASM) ASM EC 1201 (3) 2006/01/01 to 2010/08/31
Alexander College (ALEX) ALEX ECON 103 (3) 2008/09/01 to -
Athabasca University (AU) AU ECON 247 (3) 2009/01/01 to -
Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO ECON 103 (3) 2013/01/01 to -
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU ECON 111 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
College of New Caledonia (CNC) CNC ECON 201 (3) 2020/09/01 to -
Coquitlam College (COQU) COQU ECON 201 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2018/08/31
Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) FDU ECON 2001 (3) 2007/09/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU ECON 1150 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG ECON 1220 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
North Island College (NIC) NIC ECO 110 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Okanagan College (OC) OC ECON 115 (3) 2016/01/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU ECON 103 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU ECON 190 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU ECON 1900 (3) 2010/09/01 to -
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU ECON 201 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University Canada West (UCW) UCW ECON 102 (3) 2017/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO ECON 101 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV ECON 101 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC ECON 100 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV ECON 100 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC ECON 103 (1.5) 2004/09/01 to -
Vancouver Community College (VCC) VCC ECON 1100 (3) 2017/05/01 to -
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU ECON 211 (3) 2004/09/01 to -

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.