EC142 Principles of Microeconomics

for S2AA 2008

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EC 142 Principles of Microeconomics


S2AA 2008 LC


Draney, Verdean L.


Adjunct Faculty


Master of Social Science (Economics emphasis) Utah State University


Semester Dates

17 Mar 2008 to 11 May 2008

Class Days


Class Time

7:45 AM- 13:10 PM

Credit Hours


Case/Fair, Principles of Microeconomics, 8th edition

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Additional Resources:
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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

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, dialogs, examinations, internet, videos and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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. Determine the value of the costs of the firm and graph them. Graph the short-run profit or loss situation of the competitive firm and show how it affects the industry supply and demand.
  3. Use basic indifference curve and budget line analysis to determine a demand curve.
  4. Determine own-price elasticity of demand given price and quantity-demanded data.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Discuss regulation of business, environmental, and farm issues.
  2. Understand uncertainty, risk, and financial markets.
Core Assessment:

All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures the course 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 30 percent of the student’s final grade and will test students’ mastery of core learning outcomes through Multiple Choice, Tools and Methods of Economics questions, Quantitative Critical Thinking Problems, and Graphical Problems in the Communications section. For each core learning outcome, the student should be prepared to draw the relevant graph; define basic concepts or policies; determine costs, revenue and profit levels; and state final impacts on the individual, firm, and/or industry.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Class assessment will be through three examinations and a final examination, analysis of media articles relating to the subject being studied and discussions throughout the course.


Following percentages will be used in assigning course grades:
A - 90% to 100%
B - 80% to 89%
C - 70% to 79%
D - 60% to 69%
F - Below 60%
Three exams 100 points each 300 points 40% of grade
Final exam 300 points 30% of grade
Four media analysis articles 25 points each total of 100 points, 20% of grade
Discussions 50 points 10% of grade
Total points 750 available

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business and Management courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth. Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Dean of the School of Business and Management.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission of media analysis will incur a 5 point penalty for one class period lateness and 10 points thereafter.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Be punctual in coming to class
Respect each other
Everyone is equal
Question and participate
No side talking
Have a different opinion
One person speaks at a time
Take responsibility for your own learning
Be open to ideas
Have fun

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

This course provides an understanding of the micro economy with an emphasis on the study of markets and other outcomes.
Each week we will focus on one or more chapters in the text, Microeconomics by Case and Fair eighth edition. The following is a general guide to course progression and may be altered as need arises.
Week 1, Introduction; Ch 1, Scope and Method of Economics; Ch 2, The Economic Proble: Scarcity and Choice; Ch 3, Demand, Supply, and Market Equilibrium
Week 2, Ch 4, Demand and Supply Applications; Ch 5, Elasticity; Review; Test 1, Part l, Introduction to Economics; (first media analysis due)
Week 3, Ch 6, Household Behavior and Consumer Choices; Ch 7, The Production Process: The Behavior of Profit-Maximizing Firms; Ch 8, Short-Run Costs and Output Decisions
Week4, ; Ch 9, Long-Run Costs and Output Decisions; Ch 10, Input Demand:The Labor and Land Markets; Ch 11, Input Demand: The Capital Market and the Investment Decision
Week 5,  Ch 12, General Equilibrium and the Efficiency of Perfect Competition; Review; Test 2, Part ll, Foundations of Microeconomics: Consumer and Firms, (second media analysis due)
Week 6, Ch 13 Monopoly and Antitrust Policy; Ch 14, Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly; Ch 15, Externalities, Public Goods, Imperfect Information, and Social Choice;
Week 7, Ch 16, Income Distribution and Poverty; Ch 17, Public Finance: The Economics of Taxation; review, Test 3, Part lll, Market Imperfections and the Role of Government, (third media analysis due)
Week 8, Full review followed by Comprehensive Final Exam

Academic Honesty:
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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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Critical Thinking                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Problems requiring calculations with a Maximum value of 80 Points                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Nearly all causes or processes of economic phenomena are perfectly identified and stated. (72 points or more of 80 points) Most causes or processes of economic phenomena are correctly identified and stated. (56 to 71 points of  80 points) Most causes or processes of economic phenomena are not correctly identified and stated. (40 to 55 points  of 80 points) No causes or processes of economic phenomena are stated clearly. (0 to 39 points of  80 points) 
Effective Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Graphical Problems and completion of Graphs with a maximum value of 80 points.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
All definitions of curves or items identified on graphs are stated nearly perfectly.  (72  points or more of 80 points) Most definitions of curves or items identified on graphs are stated correctly. (56 to 71 points of 80 points) Most definitions of curves or items identified on graphs are not stated correctly. (40 to 55 points of 80 points) No definitions of curves or items on graphs are stated clearly.
(0 to 39 points of 80 points)
Tools and Methods of Economics                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
This examines tools and methods of economic analysis using multiple-choice questions with a maximum value of 140 points.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
All definitions of are stated nearly perfectly.  (126 points or more of 140 points) Most definitions are stated correctly. (98 to 125 points of 140 points) Most definitions are not stated correctly. (70 to 97 points of 140 points) No definitions are stated clearly.
(0 to 69 points of 140 points)


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