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EC 302 Labor Economics
Landry, Melvin J.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

EC 302 Labor Economics

Semester

S2T 2013 DL

Faculty

Landry, Melvin J.

Title

Online Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MBA - University of New Orleans (Marketing)
MS - University of Arkansas (Agricultural Economics)
BS - Southern University @ Baton Rouge - (Agricultural Economics)

Office Location

Las Vegas, Nevada 89123

Office Hours

2pm - 6pm PST - Monday - Thursday

Daytime Phone

702-777-2753

E-Mail

melvin.landry@park.edu

profmervlandry@gmail.com

Semester Dates

Monday, March 18, 2013 - Sunday, May 12, 2013

Class Days

100% Online

Class Time

100% Online

Prerequisites

EC-142

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
George Borjas, Labor Economics, 5th ed. McGraw-Hill ISBN 978-0-07-351136-8

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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Course Description:
EC302 Labor Economics: A study of wages, working hours, conditions of work, fringe benefits. Also, an analysis of purchasing power of wages, and productivity. Attention is given to labor unions and to government attitudes toward labor. Prerequisites: EC142 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. I am strong advocate of collaborative feedback to enhance the learning process. Please use the discussion section for course-related questions and my email address for personal-related questions. Let's make learning fun!

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Using supply and demand analysis, demonstrate and explain how labor is supplied to the marketplace in the short and long run.
  2. Using supply and demand analysis, demonstrate and explain how labor services are demanded by the marketplace in the short and long run.
  3. Explain how the labor market is influenced by unionism and governmental policies.
  4. Define the capital-labor ratio and identify how it impacts labor in a specific industry or occupation.
  5. Describe how income differentials arise based on age, education, and experience differences and explain how the pursuit of a college degree increases an in-egalitarian distribution of income.


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 out comes across all instructional modalities.  For this course, the core assessment is a research paper worth 20 percent of the student's final grade.  This paper will assess students' mastery of four core learning outcomes (Learning Outcomes 1,2, 3, and 4 listed on this syllabus).

 Each student will be randomly assigned one of the general topics identified below.  Each student must then choose an original, unique specific topic by finding areal-world example of the general topic. Students may not use real-world examples from the textbook, and no two students may have the same specific topic.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Description of Core Assessment for EC 302:

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 out comes across all instructional modalities.  For this course, the core assessment is a research paper worth 20 percent of the student's final grade.  This paper will assess students' mastery of four core learning outcomes (Learning Outcomes 1,2, 3, and 4 listed on this syllabus).

Each student will have to select from the list of the general topics identified below.  Each student must then choose an original, unique specific topic by finding areal-world example of the general topic. Students may not use real-world examples from the textbook, and no two students may have the same specific topic.

General Topics
 
·         What is a True Value of Human Capital?
 
·         Do we have Educational Choice? How is it connected to Quality of Education?

·         Immigration is the major issue in Labor Economics? What is the real problem?

·         Does Illegal Immigration have Trade Effects on US?  Mexico?

·         Are Minimum Wages needed?

·         What is solution for unemployment problem?

·         Do taxes help labor supply?

Paper Format

  • 1,500 – 1,700 words, not including the reference (Works Cited) page.  Verify this with word-count in Microsoft Word and include the actual word count typed at the bottom of the last page of text, before the reference page. 
  • The paper should be typed, double-spaced, on white paper, with page numbers centered at the bottom of the page.
  • The title page should contain the following in this order: general topic: specific topic, student's name, course name, date.
  • Paper should be submitted in the dedicated DropBox in the course shell in Week 7.

Research Sources

Students should use at least four different acceptable research sources excluding the course textbook.  The quality and quantity of these references will determine the amount of points earned for research.

Acceptable Sources: In general, citations from Internet websites will NOT count as an acceptable source unless the citation is from a U.S. government website.  The Internet can be used to find on-line versions of publications, but such citations should be made only for articles that are published in paper form (i.e., can be found in a library).  For instance, you could use a New York Times article that is downloaded from the Internet. Encyclopedias and abstracts are not valid sources.  Cutting and pasting information from the Internet is plagiarism.

Recommended Sources:

  • The Wall Street Journal
  • New York Times online (e-mail notices of this are available for free)
  • CNN Financial News online
  • The Economist (magazine)
  • The National Review
  • The National Bureau of Economic Research
  • any academic and nonacademic journals
  • library books
  • government publications (e.g., those of Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Economic Research, Commerce Department, U.S. Census, etc.)

Format for Citations:

  • Chicago Manual of Style
  • OR MLA Handbook
  • OR APA style (e.g., Diana Hacker's reference book)

Topic Paper Grading Criteria

The purpose of the topic paper is to gain a deeper understanding of a theoretical economic concept through its application to real-world situations.  Papers will be assessed according to the appropriate application of economic theory to the specific topic chosen by the student.
Application of Economic Theory:

Are concepts based in economic theory and supported by the real-world data? 

 0 - 20 points

Are economic terms defined?

 0 - 20 points

Are economic concepts explained accurately?

 0 - 45 points

Are facts presented and cited accurately?

 0 - 40 points

Is a thorough understanding of concepts demonstrated

 0 - 35 points

 TOTAL

 200 Points

Grading:

Grading Criteria – Evaluation Item Points

Assessment

Points

Weeks

Discussion Participation

100

Weeks 1-8

Homework (20 points per week x 6)

140

Weeks 1-7

Quizzes (10 points per week X 6)

60

Weeks 1-3 and 5-7

MID-TERM EXAM

200

Week 4

Term Paper (Core Learning Assessment)

200

Week 8

PROCTORED FINAL EXAM

300

Week 8

TOTAL

1000


Grading Scale: 

A = 900 - 1000
B = 800 - 900
C = 700 - 800
D = 600 - 700
F = Below 600

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.

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:
Each week's work must be completed by the end of that week. Work submitted after the due date will receive 50% credit.  Work submitted beyond one (1) week past the due date will not receive credit.  However, late or not, it is important that you complete all assignments because they will be a major help in preparing you for the test. There is a huge difference in what you will learn by working the assignments and what you will learn by reading the solution to them.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Online Etiquette: All online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. If I deem an online communication to be inappropriate or offensive, I will take appropriate official action. See http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Class Activities

Readings - Weeks 1-7
Lectures - Weeks 1-7
PowerPoint Presentations - Weeks 1-7
Discussions - Week 1-8
Homework - Weeks 1-7
Midterm Exam - Week 4
Term Paper (Core Learning Assessment) - Week 8
Proctored Final Exam - Week 8

Class Assessments:

Discussions: You need to participate in the weekly discussion threads. In addition to your own posting on the subject matter, please comment on at least two postings of your peers in order to receive full credit for the discussion. Each weekly discussion is worth 15 points. Discussions will be due by midnight on Sunday each week. Discussions are worth 100 points.

Homework: Homework will be assigned during the course for each week.  Each homework is worth 20 points. Homework will be due by midnight on Sunday each week.  Homework is intended to prepare the student for the final exam.

Quizzes: Quizzes will be assigned in each week during the course except for the Mid-Term and Final Exam weeks.  Quizzes are worth 10 points each. Students shall complete the weekly quiz by midnight on Sunday each week.

Midterm Exam: A midterm examination will be taken during the 4th week of instruction. The Midterm exam is worth 200 points.

Term Paper: See the Core Assessment above for details. The Term Paper is worth 200 points.

Final examination: A comprehensive examination will be taken in person during the 8th week of instruction. The Final Exam is worth 300 points. If you are within an hour's drive of a Park University Campus, a proctor from that campus will be provided for you. If you are not within an hour's drive of a Park Campus, the Proctored Final must be taken at an alternative location that is approved by the University. In this case, the student must arrange for a proctor who is accepted and approved by the instructor.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found at the Park University website.

The final exam will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes.  If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth.  The same applies to computers that can be used for typing the final exam.

The grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course.  The proctored final exam must address only material which the student has been taught in class. The Final exam is worth 300 points.

 

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97
Academic dishonesty includes committing or attempting to commit cheating, plagiarism,
falsifying academic records, and other acts intentionally designed to provide unfair
advantage to the student.
Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog, page 95.
http://www.park.edu/catalog/

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
Online Attendance Policy
Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order
to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities
include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or
exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog, page 98.
http://www.park.edu/catalog/

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 .

Additional Information:




Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Supply and demand analysis is used to demonstrate and explain how labor is supplied to the marketplace in the short and long run with no mistakes. Supply and demand analysis is used to demonstrate and explain how labor is supplied to the marketplace in the short and long run with one to three mistakes. Supply and demand analysis is used to demonstrate and explain how labor is supplied to the marketplace in the short and long run with more than three mistakes. Supply and demand analysis is not used to demonstrate and explain how labor is supplied to the marketplace in the short and long run. 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Supply and demand analysis is used to demonstrate and explain how labor services are demanded by the marketplace in the short and long run with no mistakes. Supply and demand analysis is used to demonstrate and explain how labor services are demanded by the marketplace in the short and long run with one to three mistakes. Supply and demand analysis is used to demonstrate and explain how labor services are demanded by the marketplace in the short and long run with more than three mistakes. Supply and demand analysis is not used to demonstrate and explain how labor services are demanded by the marketplace in the short and long run. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The impact of unionism and governmental policies on a specific industry or occupation is identified with no mistakes. The impact of unionism and governmental policies on a specific industry or occupation is identified with one to three mistakes. The impact of unionism and governmental policies on a specific industry or occupation is identified with more than three mistakes. The impact of unionism and governmental policies on a specific industry or occupation is not identified. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The capital-labor ratio is perfectly defined and its impact on labor in a specific industry or occupation is perfectly explained. The capital-labor ratio is defined and its impact on labor in a specific industry or occupation is explained with one to three mistakes. The capital-labor ratio is defined incorrectly and its impact on labor in a specific industry or occupation is explained with more than three mistakes. The capital-labor ratio is not defined and its impact on labor in a specific industry or occupation is not explained. 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Works Cited page is properly formatted and complete. Works Cited page has one to two errors. Works Cited page has three or more errors. Works Cited page is not present. 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
1,2,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Four research sources are correctly identified on the Works Cited page and five sources are cited. Three to two research sources are correctly identified on the Works Cited page and four to two sources are cited. One research source is correctly identified on the Works Cited page and four to two sources are cited. No research has been conducted. 
First Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Supply analysis is applied to the labor market with no mistakes. Supply analysis is applied to the labor market with one to three mistakes. Supply analysis is applied to the labor market with more than three mistakes. Supply analysis is not applied to the labor market. 

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