EC 142 Principles of Microeconomics
SP 2010 HOA
Dr. K. Vinlove
Associate Professor, Economics
Ph.D., Economics, 1991
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:00 – 9:50, Tuesday/Thursday 9:00 – 11:00, Friday 12:00 – 1:00 or by appointment
Spring, 16-week, daytime program
11:00 - 11:50
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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 RubricClass Assessment:
Exams: There will be three class-period exams and a comprehensive final exam. The weighted average of these four exams will constitute 85 percent of your final grade. Seating for all exams is assigned. Students may not leave the classroom during an exam.
Class-period Exams: Three class-period exams are worth 55 percent of the final grade. Each exam will be composed of multiple-choice and diagramming questions based on my lectures, in-class exercises, and homework problems. These exams are graded on a 100-point scale. Each exam is curved to give you an idea of your performance in terms of letter grades. However, final letter grades will be determined by a curve of final total averages for the class.
Final Exam: The comprehensive final exam is worth 30 percent of the final grade. It will be similar in format to the three class-period exams and will also be worth 100 points.
Late Arrivals: Students arriving late to an exam may take the exam only if no other student has turned in the exam. If another student has completed the exam, the late student must take a make-up exam.
Make-up Exams: Make-up exams will be in short-answer, essay, and graphing form. All make-up exams will be administered during final exam week, and students should report to my office (MacKay 30.5) to take the exam. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule the make-up exam by contacting me at least one week before final exam week. Regardless of the excuse, failure to show up at a scheduled make-up exam will result in the student's receiving zero points for the exam.
In-class Exercises: In-class exercises are worth 15 percent of the final grade. During the semester, SIX in-class exercises will be administered. However, final grades are based on FIVE in-class exercises. Thus a student may miss one exercise without penalty. There are no make-ups for in-class exercises.
In-class exercises will be graded as follows:
Full credit 20 points
Partial credit 10 points
No credit 0 points
To receive full credit, a student must be present on time for the exercise (not more than 10 minutes late) and complete all questions related to the exercise.
Homework: Throughout the semester, homework handouts will be distributed. These will not be collected and graded. However, if a student=s final average is borderline, I will consider homework preparation. Also, questions directly related to homework handouts will appear on exams.
Grading Plan: Final grades will be based on the following percentages:
Average of Three Class-period Exams (100 points each) 55%
Comprehensive Final Exam 30%
Five In-class Exercises (100 points total) 15%
NOTE: For students’ whose grade is borderline, I will consider attendance and number of in-class exercises completed.
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 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.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1 The Scope and Method of Economics
Scarcity, Choice, and Production Possibilities
Demand, Supply, and Market Equilibrium
4 Consumer Choice
FIRST HOUR EXAM
6 Production and Cost: The Production Process
Production and Cost: Short-run Costs
7 Production and Cost: Long-run Costs
8 Perfect Competition
SECOND HOUR EXAM
9 Monopoly and Antitrust Policy
10 Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly
12 Externalities and Public Goods
13 Public Finance and Taxation
THIRD HOUR EXAM
14 International Trade
15 Continued; Review for Final Exam
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