Business Economics (MSB107)

This master level course in microeconomics provides students with the analytical skills necessary for conducting rigorous examinations of consumer choice, producer decisions and market formation. Students will also learn how to decode applied microeconomic research and gain hands-on experience in empirical analysis. Microeconomics provides important tools for leaders in business environments, analysts in planning and resource management and researchers in both the private and public sector. In the words of J. M. Keynes: "The theory of economics does not furnish a body of settled conclusions immediately applicable to policy. It is a method rather than a doctrine. An apparatus of the mind, a technique of thinking, which helps its possessor to draw correct conclusions."

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


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Microeconomic analysis provides critical tools for modern business leaders, public policymakers and resource managers, as well as researchers in both the private and public sector.

This course introduces students to microeconomic theory and its real-world applications at the master's level. The first part of the course presents core neoclassical theories of the consumer, firm, and market equilibrium outcomes, emphasizing training in abstract thinking and formal analysis (i.e., mathematical, graphical, and verbal). Strategic decision making by consumers and firms in a game theoretic framework is also covered.

The second part of the course covers a selection of extended microeconomic topics (e.g., public economics and behavioral economics). Throughout the semester, the students will also practice applied microeconomic analysis (e.g., decoding and analyzing scientific articles; data analysis; scientific writing).

Learning outcome


Upon completion of the course, students will have:

  • An advanced understanding of key microeconomic concepts, theories and models that form the basis of the course and the science of economics
  • The ability to see the complexity and scope of the determinants of economic behavior in consumers, producers and other types of microeconomic agents
  • Developed extensive knowledge and economic intuition regarding the formalization of models of the decision-making processes of microeconomic agents
  • Understand how extensions/modifications of consumer theory, producer theory, and market equilibrium models are relevant for addressing real-world challenges
  • Solve microeconomic models using statistical software (e.g., R) and simulate demand, supply, market price, and competitive equilibriums.


Upon completion of the course, students will:

  • Have the ability to use different theories and models to analyze what drives economic actors in different situations
  • Know how to read and comprehend published microeconomic research
  • Be capable of implementing their own applied microeconomic research
  • Be able to apply microeconomic tools as a basis for evaluating and developing economic decision-making strategies in both the private and public sectors of the economy
  • Be able to analyze the causes of and potential solutions to real-world challenges such as designing wage contracts, mitigating free-riding in teams, and selecting channels of advertising.
  • Know how to use statistical software for simulating economic models such as predict market prices

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended prerequisites

Bachelor's course in microeconomics, calculus, and statistics.


Folder exam and written exam

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Folder (multi-part individual or group assignment) 2/5 1 Semesters Letter grades
Written exam 3/5 4 Hours Letter grades Dictionary 1), Valid calculator,

1) Dictionary: English-English, English-other, other-Englis

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Hammad Shaikh

Study Program Director:

Yuko Onozaka

Method of work

Attend lectures, process course material (textbook chapters, scientific articles, etc.), solve practice problems (both graded and non-graded), work in learning teams. The expected distribution of effort is approximately as follows:

Attending lectures = 40 hours

Attending practice sessions = 20 hours

Learning team work = 110 hours

Independent study = 110 hours

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Microeconomics (MØA107_1) 10

Open for

Admission to Single Courses at UiS Business School
Industrial Economics - Master of Science Degree Programme Master of Science in Accounting and Auditing Business Administration - Master of Science
Exchange programmes at UIS Business School

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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