ECON1001 Introductory Microeconomics
Maxi-Essay Instructions, S2, 2019
Please read these instructions carefully TWICE: first before starting this task and then again
before submitting your essay.
1.1 Submission instructions
• Due date: Friday 8 November 2019, 23:59.
• Penalties for late submission apply. See the Unit of Study outline for more info on Special
• Submission is done ONCE:
1. Complete the online Academic Honesty/Plagiarism declaration on Canvas and sub-
mit via Turnitin (plagiarism software) WITHOUT an Individual Assessment Cover.
1.2 Aim of the essay
The essay aims to help you develop your analytical and professional-writing skills. These two
skills are two of the most important graduate attributes sought after by leading employers.
The purpose of this essay is to do your best to incorporate your experiences with writing
your mini-essay and the general feedback that has been provided to the class on
the mini-essay. Similar to your mini-essay, you are expected to make use of the economic
concepts/theories/models that you have learned in class to analyse an everyday experience of
your choice. Use this essay to write in a succinct and professional manner. The mini-essay was
your warm-up. Now comes the real deal.
1. The essay is limited to a maximum of 300 words. Any essay exceeding the word
limit is subject to penalties. Markers will have the right to stop marking after 310 words.
The word count must be stated at the beginning of the essay. Title, references and
information in tables do not count toward the word limit.
2. Use a font size of 12 and 1.5 line spacing and at least standard margins (1 inch at
top, bottom, left and right).
3. Be concise – use your words carefully. You will only have 300 words!
4. Choose your own example, don’t copy my example or an example that you found in a
5. Explain your idea to a friend or your parents BEFORE YOU WRITE IT: If they don’t
understand what you talk about then we won’t either.
6. Have two people proof-read your essay before you submit it.
7. Insert a photo of yourself in the situation you describe (if it is a very personal example)
8. Insert a table with data, data matrix and/or a two dimensional diagram to explain your
9. We have covered a lot of ground in class! You can write about long-term equilibrium
in markets, monopoly, game theory (with a 2*2 data matrix). An essay that talks only
about opportunity costs is quite boring!
10. Make sure to meet the submission deadline. There are no excuses! Better to submit a
half-baked essay than none!
11. Structure: The main structure of the mini-essay should be:
(a) Title (not counted in word limit)
(b) Body: Question, analysis, evidence and conclusion (counted in word limit)
(c) Figure, picture or table (if applicable, not counted in word limit)
(d) Reference list (if applicable, not counted in word limit)
Do not include footnotes or endnotes. When figures/pictures and/or tables are used,
they should be numbered sequentially and referred to in the text as: ”As illustrated in
Figure 1….”… or ”Table 1 shows that…”. Any illustration used must be clear and easy
3 Marking Guide (total points: 5)
• Analysis and content (3 points):
– Can the reader understand what the student means?
– Did the student back all assertions with evidence?
– Does the analysis use economic models/ideas?
• Originality (1): Can the student show a picture to support a true and original story
that could only happen to him/her?
• Presentation (1): Did the student use appropriate, professional language, are diagrams
and tables correctly labelled, is the reference list complete?