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EC 142 Principles of Microeconomics
Simcoe, Robert Alan


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Course

EC 142 Principles of Economics II (Micro)

Semester

F2J 2006 DN

Faculty

Simcoe, Robert

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Daytime Phone

816-309-1132 - Wireless

E-Mail

Robert.Simcoe@pirate.park.edu

Semester Dates

10/25/06 - 12/13/06

Class Days

---W---

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Economics: Principles, Problems, and Policies by McConnell and Brue, McGraw-Hill, 16th Edition. ISBN: 0-07-281935-9

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Course Description:
A study of the market mechanism and the organization of production and distribution activities in society. A major focus is on the determination of prices of goods and factors of production. Analysis of the firm as the main institution in the market. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Graph supply and demand in a single graph, define basic items or concepts related to the graph, and use the graph to explain the process by which a good's equilibrium price and quantity are attained.
  2. Discuss the tradeoffs faced by an economy and how this relates to the concept of opportunity cost using the production possibilities model.
  3. Analyze graphically the marginal cost, average total cost, and average variable cost curves; explain the shape of each curve.
  4. Analyze graphically the long-run profit maximizing output of a perfectly competitive firm, a monopolistic firm, a monopolistically competitive firm, and an oligopolistic firm; discuss the economic efficiency of each industry type.
  5. Analyze graphically the long-run average total cost curve and explain economies of scale, diseconomies of scale, and constant returns to scale.


Core Assessment:

All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures the course's Core Learning Outcomes.  The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities.  For this course, the core assessment is a final exam to be administered in all sections of EC 142.  This exam is worth 20 percent of the student's final grade and will test students' mastery of four Core Learning Outcomes (Outcomes 1, 2, 3, and 4 listed on this syllabus) through definitions, short essay, and graphing questions.  For each core outcome, the student should be prepared to draw the relevant graph by hand, define basic concepts or policies, identify relevant shifts in the curves, and state final impacts on relevant variables.


 


The core assessment is a CLOSED BOOK, CLOSED NOTES exam that must be administered and proctored in the classroom and may not be given as a take-home exam.  Students should not have access to the exam or its questions before it is administered.  The duration of the exam can be no longer than two hours.  No calculators, computers, or materials other than a writing instrument may be used for the exam; this applies to all students, regardless of whether the exam is for on-line or face-to-face students.  Completion of the exam is strictly individual; students may not work in groups to complete the exam.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Exams, Reports and Class Evaluations

Grading:

  • 150 : Mid Term Test  - 30% ( 75 points take home/ 75 points In Class Closed Book/Notes )
  • 100 : Final Assignment ( Essay/Graphing of economic models)- 20.%
  • 50  : Final Test - 10% - (In Class Closed Book/Notes)
  • 100 : Final Core Assessment - 20.% - (In Class Closed Book/Notes)
  • 50 : Reports - 10%
  • 50 : In class/Homework Assignments - 10%
  • Total points for the class: 500
    • Grading:90% and above is an A
    • 80% and above is a B
    • 70% and above is a C
    • 60% and above is a D
    • Below 60% is an

    Late Submission of Course Materials:
    Make arrangements with Instructor

    Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

    • 10/25/06 - 1,2 Introduction, Production Possibilities
    • 11/01/06 - 3,4 Market Supply/Demand
    • 11/08/06 - Lecture on Excise Taxes/Surcharges and the effect on the Market
    • 11/15/06 - Mid-Term Test/ Lecture
    • 11/22/06 - 20,22 Elasticity of Demand/Supply, Costs to Production
    • 11/29/06 - 23,24 Pure Competition, Pure Monopoly
    • 12/06/06 - 25 Oligopoly
    • 12/13/06 - Final
      • Weekly Reports:Five weekly reports will be due beginning with the class 11/08 ending with class 12/06. Students have the option to skip one report and turn in the final fifth report on the last night of class. Each report will consist of the student reading and summarizing an article pertaining to economics from a current publication.
      • The report should be turned in at the beginning of class.
        • Each report should include:
          • 1. Students Name
          • 2. Name and Date of the Publication
          • 3. Name of the Article
          • 4. Paragraph Summary of the Article
          • 5. Brief reaction to the Article
          • One article will be assigned by the instructor. The Topic will be discussed in class and support materials will be distributed.

    Academic Honesty:
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    Plagiarism:
    Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

    Attendance Policy:
    Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

    1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
    2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
    3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
    4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
    5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
    6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

    Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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    Rubric

    CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
    Evaluation (a)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
    Outcomes
    1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
    All causes or processes of economic phenomena are perfectly identified and stated. (12 points out of 12 points) Most causes or processes of economic phenomena are correctly identified and stated. (11 to 4 points out of 12 points) Most causes or processes of economic phenomena are not correctly identified and stated. (3 to 1 points out of 12 points) No causes or processes of economic phenomena are stated. (0 points out of 12 points) 
    Synthesis (b)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
    Outcomes
    1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
    The graph is drawn perfectly and most relevant axes and curves are identified correctly.

    (22 points out of 22 points)

     
    The graph is drawn correctly and most relevant axes and curves are identified correctly. (21 to 7 points out of 22 points) The graph is not drawn correctly and most relevant axes and curves are not identified correctly. (6 to 1 points out of 22 points) The graph is not drawn. (0 points out of 22 points) 
    Analysis (c)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
    Outcomes
    1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
    All shifts in curves are identified correctly.  (12 points out of 12 points) Most shifts in curves are identified correctly.  (11 to 4 points out of 12 points) Most shifts in curves are not identified correctly.   (3 to 1 points out of 12 points) Shifts in curves are not identified. .  (0 points out of 12 points) 
    Application (d)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
    Outcomes
    3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
    All economic policies and their impacts are correctly described.   (19 points out of 19 points) Most economic policies and their impacts are correctly described. (18 to 6 points out of 19 points) Most economic policies and their impacts are not correctly described.  (5 to 1 points out of 19 points) No economic policies or impacts of such policies are described.

    (0 points out of 19 points)

     
    Content of Communication (e)                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
    Outcomes
    1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
    All definitions of curves or items identified on graphs are stated perfectly.  (23 points out of 23 points) Most definitions of curves or items identified on graphs are stated correctly. (22 to 8 points out of 23 points) Most definitions of curves or items identified on graphs are not stated correctly. (7 to 1 points out of 23 points) No definitions of curves or items on graphs are stated.

    (0 points out of 23 points)

     
    Technical Skill in Communicating (f)                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
    Outcomes
    1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
    All definitions of concepts are stated correctly.

    (12 points out of 12 points)

     
    Most definitions of concepts are stated correctly.

    (11 to 4 points out of 12 points)

     
    Most definitions of concepts are not stated correctly.

    (3 to 1 points out of 12 points)

     
    No definitions of concepts are stated.

    (0 points out of 12 points)

     
    First Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
    Outcomes
    1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    Graphical analysis is used to identify perfectly equilibrium price in an individual market. (11 points out of 11 points) Graphical analysis is used to identify equilibrium price in an individual market. (10 to 4 points out of 11 points) Graphical analysis is used to identify equilibrium price in an individual market. (3 to 1 points out of 11 points) Graphical analysis is not used to identify equilibrium price in an individual market. (0 points out of 11 points) 
    Second Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
    Outcomes
    2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    Graphical analysis is used to identify perfectly a combination of goods on a Production Possibilities Curve. (11 points out of 11 points) Graphical analysis is used to identify a combination of goods on a Production Possibilities Curve. (10 to 4 points out of 11 points) Graphical analysis is used to identify a combination of goods on a Production Possibilities Curve. (3 to 1 points out of 11 points) Graphical analysis is not used to identify a combination of goods on a Production Possibilities Curve. (0 points out of 11 points) 

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