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EC 142 Principles of Microeconomics
Truax, Carmen R.


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Course

EC 142 Principles of Economics II (Micro)

Semester

S1J 2012 PV

Faculty

Truax, Carmen R.

Title

Adjunct Faculty -Senior Professor

Degrees/Certificates

BS Economics
M ED

Office Location

Classroom

Office Hours

Before and after class

Other Phone

816-204-0421 cell (after 4 pm)

E-Mail

carmen.truax@park.edu

Semester Dates

January, 16 to March, 11 2012

Class Days

T

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Microeconomics, Brief EditionAuthor: Mcconnell, Campbell R.Edition: 2010 New Edition

ISBN 13: 978-0-07-723098-2    ISBN 10: 0-07-723098-1    MBS Direct SKU #: 935994 Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company

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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:
This course will be based on lectures, readings, case studies, study guides, quizzes, examinations, lesson assignments, videos, newspaper analysis, PowerPoint presentations, webquest and two group projects. The instructor will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions. The final exam is an comprehensive exam based in the core assesment from Park University.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  • Illustrate and explain the concepts of opportunity cost, scarcity, feasible and infeasible consumption possibilities, and efficient resource usage through the Production Possibilities Model.
    MoSTEP
    1.2.1 The preservice teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry and structures of the discipline(s) within the context of a global society and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.
    1.2.1.1 knows the discipline applicable to the certification area(s) as defined by Subject Competencies for Beginning Teachers in Missouri;
    1.2.1.2 presents the subject matter in multiple ways;
    1.2.3.4 connects instruction to students' prior experiences and family, culture, and community.
    1.2.7.1 models effective verbal/non-verbal communication skills;
    1.2.7.2 demonstrates sensitivity to cultural, gender, intellectual, and physical ability differences in classroom communication and in responses to students' communications;
    1.2.9.3 practices professional ethics.
    1.2.10.1 participates in collegial activities designed to make the entire school a productive learning environment;
    1.2.10.2 talks with and listens to students, is sensitive and responsive to signs of distress, and seeks appropriate help as needed to solve students' problems;
    1.2.10.3 seeks opportunities to develop relationships with the parents and guardians of students, and seeks to develop cooperative partnerships in support of student learning and well-being;
    1.2.10.4 identifies and uses the appropriate school personnel and community resources to help students reach their full potential.
    SPAs
     

    ·        NMSA/NCATE Standards: Knowledge—1.3,1.7, 2.5, 6.3, 6.4, 6.9, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5; Performance—1.4, 1.10, 2.3, 3.10, 4.4, 5.4, 5.10, 6.1, 7.

    ·        NAEYC Standards: Standard 4c

    ·        ACEI Standard: Standard 2.4

    ·        NCEE Standards: Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20.

    ·        NCSS Standards: Standards 1.2, 1.7, 1.9, 1.10, 2.4.

    Assessment
     

    ·        Report/Observation Paper, Lesson/Demonstration, Field Experience Report.

  • Interpret the demand and supply model to evaluate market changes in the determinants of demand and supply, and use the model to predict changes in equilibrium price and quantity.
    MoSTEP
    1.2.1 The preservice teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry and structures of the discipline(s) within the context of a global society and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.
    1.2.1.1 knows the discipline applicable to the certification area(s) as defined by Subject Competencies for Beginning Teachers in Missouri;
    1.2.1.2 presents the subject matter in multiple ways;
    1.2.3.4 connects instruction to students' prior experiences and family, culture, and community.
    1.2.7.1 models effective verbal/non-verbal communication skills;
    1.2.7.2 demonstrates sensitivity to cultural, gender, intellectual, and physical ability differences in classroom communication and in responses to students' communications;
    1.2.9.3 practices professional ethics.
    SPAs
     

    ·        NMSA/NCATE Standards: Knowledge—1.3,1.7, 2.5, 6.3, 6.4, 6.9, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5; Performance—1.4, 1.10, 2.3, 3.10, 4.4, 5.4, 5.10, 6.1, 7.

    ·        NAEYC Standards: Standard 4a, 4b, 4c, and 4d.

    ·        ACEI Standard: Standard 2.4

    ·        NCEE Standards: Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20.

    ·        NCSS Standards: Standards 1.2, 1.7, 1.9, 1.10, 2.4.

    Assessment

    ·        Report/Observation Paper, Lesson/Demonstration, Field Experience Report.

  • Calculate and interpret price elasticity of demand, and use the calculation to predict changes in total revenue based on price changes.
    MoSTEP
    1.2.1 The preservice teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry and structures of the discipline(s) within the context of a global society and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.
    1.2.1.1 knows the discipline applicable to the certification area(s) as defined by Subject Competencies for Beginning Teachers in Missouri;
    1.2.1.2 presents the subject matter in multiple ways;
    1.2.3.4 connects instruction to students' prior experiences and family, culture, and community.
    1.2.7.1 models effective verbal/non-verbal communication skills;
    1.2.7.2 demonstrates sensitivity to cultural, gender, intellectual, and physical ability differences in classroom communication and in responses to students' communications;
    SPAs
     

    ·        NMSA/NCATE Standards: Knowledge—1.3,1.7, 2.5, 6.3, 6.4, 6.9, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5; Performance—1.4, 1.10, 2.3, 3.10, 4.4, 5.4, 5.10, 6.1, 7.

    ·        NAEYC Standards: Standard 4a, 4b, 4c, and 4d.

    ·        ACEI Standard: Standard 2.4

    ·        NCEE Standards: Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20.

    ·        NCSS Standards: Standards 1.2, 1.7, 1.9, 1.10, 2.4.

    Assessment

    ·        Report/Observation Paper, Lesson/Demonstration, Field Experience Report.

  • Distinguish between fixed and variable costs in the short- and long-run; calculate and identify graphically short-run total, average, and marginal costs.
    MoSTEP
    1.2.1 The preservice teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry and structures of the discipline(s) within the context of a global society and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.
    1.2.1.1 knows the discipline applicable to the certification area(s) as defined by Subject Competencies for Beginning Teachers in Missouri;
    1.2.1.2 presents the subject matter in multiple ways;
    1.2.3.4 connects instruction to students' prior experiences and family, culture, and community.
    1.2.7.2 demonstrates sensitivity to cultural, gender, intellectual, and physical ability differences in classroom communication and in responses to students' communications;
    1.2.9.3 practices professional ethics.
    SPAs
     

    ·        NMSA/NCATE Standards: Knowledge—1.3,1.7, 2.5, 6.3, 6.4, 6.9, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5; Performance—1.4, 1.10, 2.3, 3.10, 4.4, 5.4, 5.10, 6.1, 7.

    ·        NAEYC Standards: Standard 4a, 4b, 4c, and 4d.

    ·        ACEI Standard: Standard 2.4

    ·        NCEE Standards: Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20.

    ·        NCSS Standards: Standards 1.2, 1.7, 1.9, 1.10, 2.4.

    Assessment

    ·        Report/Observation Paper, Lesson/Demonstration, Field Experience Report.

     

  • Identify the main characteristics (number of firms, type of product, price control, and conditions of entry) of pure competition, its profit-maximizing output level, shut-down conditions for a firm in the short run, and the effect of entry and exit on industry efficiency in the long run.
    MoSTEP
    1.2.1 The preservice teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry and structures of the discipline(s) within the context of a global society and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.
    1.2.1.1 knows the discipline applicable to the certification area(s) as defined by Subject Competencies for Beginning Teachers in Missouri;
    1.2.1.2 presents the subject matter in multiple ways;
    1.2.3.4 connects instruction to students' prior experiences and family, culture, and community.
    1.2.7.1 models effective verbal/non-verbal communication skills;
    1.2.7.2 demonstrates sensitivity to cultural, gender, intellectual, and physical ability differences in classroom communication and in responses to students' communications;
    1.2.9.3 practices professional ethics.
    SPAs
     

    ·        NMSA/NCATE Standards: Knowledge—1.3,1.7, 2.5, 6.3, 6.4, 6.9, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5; Performance—1.4, 1.10, 2.3, 3.10, 4.4, 5.4, 5.10, 6.1, 7.

    ·        NAEYC Standards: Standard 4c

    ·        ACEI Standard: Standard 2.4

    ·        NCEE Standards: Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20.

    ·        NCSS Standards: Standards 1.2, 1.7, 1.9, 1.10, 2.4.

    Assessment
    • Report/Observation Paper, Lesson/Demonstration, Field Experience Report.
  • Identify the main characteristics (number of firms, type of product, price control, and conditions of entry) of pure monopoly, its profit-maximizing output level and price, and the economic effects of this market structure.
  • Identify the main characteristics (number of firms, type of product, price control, and conditions of entry) of monopolistic competition and its profit-maximizing output level; identify the main characteristics of oligopoly and explain how game theory applies to the oligopolistic market.
  • Illustrate and explain the process through which exchange rates are determined, and identify the roles that comparative advantage and specialization play in world trade.

    MoStep Requirements 1.2.1.1 standards for EC142



    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:

    Lesson assignments, four quizzes, newspaper article analysis, portfolio, two group projects, study cases discusion and two examinations.
    Lesson assignments will involve class participation, reading assignments, homework and class activities.
    The mid term and the comprehensive final are not a take-home test. It is a closed book and closed notes exam.

    Grading:

    Lesson assignments 8 x 10 points each              80 points            13%

    Newspaper article   1 x 30 points                     30 points             5 %

    Quizzes                   4 x 20 points each              80 points             13%

    Group Presentation # 1 1 x 50 points                 50 points             8%

    Group Presentation # 2 1 x 50 points                 50 points             8%

    Portfolio                        1 x  30 points                30 points             5%

    Mid Term Exam            1 x  100 points             100 points           17%

    Comprehensive Final Exam   1 x  180 points      180 points           30%

    Total                                                                 600 points         (100%)

    Grades for the course will be assigned as a percentage of points from total possible, as follows:

     A = 90% or more

     B = 80% or more

    C = 70% or more

     D = 60% or more

    F = Less than 60%

    In addition, any student who misses three classes, regardless of whether or not the absence is excused, will be administratively withdrawn.

    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.

    Late Submission of Course Materials:
    The instructor will not accept assignments late. Assignments not submitted on the due date or students who are absent for group project presentation will receive a grade of “zero”. No make up is allowed for Final Exam.

    Classroom Rules of Conduct:

    - Students will complete study guide and case studies before class.
    - Students should arrive on time.
    - Quizzes or exams will be taken at the beginning of the class.
    - Students who are absent to a group presentation will receive a grade of "zero."
    - Students will receive a confirmation or reply in the next 48 hours after the instructor has received an email.
    - Students will use their own calculator during testing.
     
     

    Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

    Week  

    Topics

       Assignments   

    Quiz/ Exam

    1

    The Scope and Method of Economics   

    The Economic Problem

    Reading Assignment

     

    2

    Demand and Supply

    The Market System   

    Reading Assignment

     

    Quiz
    3 Elasiticity of demand and Supply

    Reading Assignment

     

    Quiz
    4 Household Behavior and Consumer Choice

    Newspaper Article Analysis

    Reading Assignment

    5 The Cost of Production

    Reading Assignment

     

    Exam I
    6

    Perfect Competition and Monopoly

    Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly

    Reading Assignment Quiz
    7 Presentation of Economic Topics Webquest Quiz
    8 Comprehensive Final Exam

    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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

    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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

    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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

    Disability Guidelines:
    Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .



    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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