Principles of Microeconomics

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
ECON 1150
Principles of Microeconomics
Commerce & Business Administration
Start Date
End Term
Semester Length
15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Lecture: 3 Hours Seminar: 1 Hour Total: 4 Hours per Week
Method(s) Of Instruction
Learning Activities

Lecture and seminar.

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.
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.
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%


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.

Which Prerequisite