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EC 142 Principles of Microeconomics
Winn, Christopher D.


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Course

EC 142 Principles of Microeconomics

Semester

S2I 2009 EMC

Faculty

Winn, Christopher D.

Title

Adjunct Professor

Degrees/Certificates

B.S. Animal Science
B.S. Agricultural Business
M.S. Agricultural Science

Office Location

U.S.S Bataan

E-Mail

christopher.winn@park.edu

christopher.winn@bataan.usmc.mil

Semester Dates

Spring 2009

Class Days

Tuesday, Friday

Class Time

1900-2100

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 

Principles of Microeconomics, 8th edition by Karl E. Case and Ray C. Fair.  Prentice Hall, 2007.

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

You may also purchase textbooks at any number of online used or new booksellers. A few examples are www.half.com and www.textbooks.com.

Additional Resources:
 

Learning only begins in a text book. Throughout the course we will examine economic issues associated with current events. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with current events and be prepared to discuss them in an analytical classroom environment. Each student will be provided one current events article by the instructor and will prepare and present an analysis of the issue to the class.

www.wsj.com This is a newspaper with a website that covers world events with economic considerations and has a broad scope of financial information. You may wish to consider a subscription to this paper after this class.

The Economist. This is an outstanding magazine and another location for economic based news current events.   I recommend that you take a look at this magazine as you get a chance.

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Course Description:
EC142 Principles of Microeconomics: 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:
 

Learning does not occur by memorization and testing. It is a process that begins with listening, consists of discussion, critical thought and application to real world issues. It ends with a thorough understanding of a set of concepts and the ability to apply a disciplined thought process to evaluate the things that occur in the world around us.   Testing is merely an evaluation of the student to ensure that he or she can do the above mentioned things. 

The class grade will be determined through a combination of, participation, (3) quizzes (to be announced one to two weeks prior), a mid-term exam, a research paper, class presentation, weekly assignments and a final examination.

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.


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:
 

The final grade will be determined on the following measurements:

Quizzes-10%

Homework assignments -10%

Classroom discussions -10%

Research Paper-15%

Class Presentation-10%

Mid-term examination – 15%

Final examination – 30%

Grading:
 

The course grades will be based on the following percentages:

A = 90% - 100%

B = 80% - 89%

C = 70% - 79%

D = 60% - 69%

F = below 60

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:
The instructor will not accept unexcused late assignments.  Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of "zero".   If, due to operational commitments an assignment is late, the student must coordinate with the instructor, with as much notice as possible, and determine a realistic submission deadline.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

I expect and encourage students to work together and will specify when doing so is not authorized. Generally speaking all graded events will be authorized for group work with the exception of tests and quizzes. However, it is the responsibility of every student to ensure that they are able to perform all work on their own, simply copying answers to complete an assignment is not learning and is not an acceptable way to get through this or any course.

Computers and calculators are authorized and encouraged unless specifically prohibited by the instructor. Computers will not be used on tests or quizzes. Back up all work, your computer crashing will not be sufficient reason for excuse from an assignment.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

Due to the nature of a deployment schedule, specific readings will be assigned as the class progresses. We will read the majority of the required text on a one chapter per classroom session basis. An assignment will generally be given for each chapter and discussed at the subsequent class session.  The research paper and class presentation will be assigned one month and two weeks prior to the due date respectively.
 
 

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Specific instruction will be provided on how to avoid plagiarism while conducting research.  Plagiarized work will not be accepted.

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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Critical Thinking                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Outcomes
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
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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