UGEB2530A - Games and Strategic Thinking - 2019/20

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  • Course outline [Download file]
  • Report Guidelines [Download file]
  • Assignment can be submitted during the lecture or by inserting it into the assignment box near LSB223.
  • Due to the recent incident of the spread of the novel coronavirus, the deadline of submitting the assignment will be postponed to at least one week after the classes are resumed.
  • To reduce the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus, the university has announced to provide online teaching starting from 17 February until further notice. As such, we will be using ZOOM to hold the online lectures.
    Every Monday 9:30-12:15 starting from 17 Feb until further notice.
    ZOOM link for lectures:
    Meeting ID: 799 989 274
    Password: 997083
  • The Zoom lecture video is uploaded under Tutorial notes.

General Information


  • Lau Chi Hin
    • Office: LSB 208
    • Tel: 3943 7987
    • Email:

Teaching Assistant

  • Liu Sicheng
    • Office: AB1 614
    • Tel: 3943 4109
    • Email:
  • Yang Hanhui
    • Office: LSB 222B
    • Tel: 3943 7963
    • Email:

Time and Venue

  • Lecture: Monday 9:30-12:15 SC LT1

Course Description

The aim of this course is to investigate the manner in which rational people interact when there are competitions. This applies to parlor games and more importantly to economy, social psychology, politics and business. We will introduce the great discoveries of Von Neumann and Nash, and discuss their impact on society. Also, we will use examples on cooperative and non-cooperative games to illustrate how some basic mathematical methods can lead to optimal strategies for deals, bargaining and decision making.


  • Game Theory and Strategy, by Philip D. Stran, Mathematical Association of America, 1993.
  • Peter Morris: Introduction to game theory, Springer-Verlag, 1994
  • Martin J. Osborne: An introduction to game theory, 2003
  • Avinash K. Dixit and Susan Skeath: Games of Strategy, 2004 
  • Roy Gardner, Hoboken, NJ: Games for business and economics, c2003 
  • Frank S. Budnick: Applied Mathematics for Business, Economics and the Social Sciences, McGraw Hill International, 1993.
  • Ken Binmore: Fun and Games - A Text on Game Theory, 1992.

Lecture Notes

Class Notes

Tutorial Notes


Assessment Scheme

Assignments 20%
Quizzes (To be announced) 50%
Final report 30%

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Assessment Policy

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