Course Description

This online course is 36 learning hours over twelve weeks. It is recommended that students spend a minimum of 3 hours each week on course work. Students may choose to complete more hours of work on the course in order to explore the content in more depth. 

Economics is in everything - from the long line at Tim Horton’s, to the shortage of toilet rolls during a pandemic. If you want to understand how the world works and why decisions are made, then studying economics is essential. This course is designed for non-economics majors to learn about fundamental economic principles through thoughtful and engaging scenarios that we encounter every day, such as Taylor Swift’s decision to forgo school and Uber’s surge pricing to better understand how limited resources drive the decision-making process. You will learn how to understand and apply the core concepts instead of math-heavy problem sets.

Course Outline

Topics covered are:

  • Introduction to Economics and the Economizing Problem
  • Demand, Supply and Elasticity
  • Production and Cost
  • Perfect Competition: Equilibrium
  • Imperfect Competition: Monopoly
  • Imperfect Competition: Markets Between Monopoly & Perfect Competition
  • Resource Allocation: Marginal Productivity Theory
  • Resource Allocation: Pricing and Use of Resources
  • Poverty and Income Inequality
  • The Role of Government

What You Will Learn

  • How to identify and understand key economic concepts
  • Understand supply and demand
  • Market structures such as competition, monopoly, competition
  • Economic issues and policies
  • How to apply the economic perspective, and reason accurately and objectively about economic matters.


This course has scheduled written assignments and scheduled discussions within the term time frame. Course syllabus will be available on the course site. 

The Faculty of OLCD recommends an intermediate level of English language proficiency for the most effective learning and participation in our online and face-to-face courses. A list of minimum recommended scores on some common English tests can be found on our website. If you have questions about your English language proficiency and ability to succeed in this course, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.

Recommended For

This course is recommended for students working towards the following certificates:

  • Certificate in Business Management : Elective Course 
  • Certificate in Financial Management : Required Course

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Microeconomics for Business
Online - Self-Paced
Apr 05, 2024 to Jun 28, 2024
Total Learning Hours
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $1,045.00
Required Software
Students will require a webcam and microphone to participate in live sessions.
Section Notes

This course has scheduled written assignments and discussions within the term time frame. The syllabus will be available on the course site. The course site on Brightspace will be available from 4:00 PM AT on the course start date.

Students who are unable to attend live sessions will be able to view a recorded version. Days and times of scheduled meetings will be announced at a future date.

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