UGEB2530C - Games and Strategic Thinking - 2019/20

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  • Course outline (The file is password protected. You can find the password on Blackboard. Send an email to if you have difficulty.) [Download file]
  • In class game results (8 July revised) [Download file]
  • Statistics of the mid-term exam result
    Mean: 66.8
    Median: 70
    S.D.: 11.1
  • Details of Final Exam
    Date: 9 July (Thursday)
    Time: 11:00-13:00
    Venue: LSK LT1 (Students with last name A-K) and LSK LT2 (Students with last name L-Z)
    It is a closed book exam and calculator permitted by CUHK is allowed.

General Information


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

Teaching Assistant

  • Cheuk Tak Ming
    • Office: LSB 228
    • Tel: 3943 7955
    • Email:

Time and Venue

  • Lecture: Tuesday 10:30-13:15, Thursday 10:30-13:15

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.

Pre-class Notes

Lecture Notes

Class Notes

Tutorial Notes



Assessment Scheme

Assignments 15%
In-class exercises/games 10%
Mid-term exam (16 June (Tuesday) 11:00-12:30; LSK LT1 and LSK LT2) 35%
Final exam (9 July (Thursday) LSK LT1 and LSK LT2)) 40%

Assessment Policy

Last updated: July 08, 2020 17:35:33