Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: ECON-2302- Section: 71
Principles of Microeconomics
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Instructor Information
Instructor Kara Booth
Phone(409) 984-6418
Location:Umphrey Industrial Technology Center - Room: 201A
Business and Industrial Technology
Chair:Sheila Guillot
Phone:(409) 984-6381

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Course Information
Description Analysis of the behavior of individual economic agents, including consumer behavior and demand, producer behavior and supply, price and output decisions by firms under various market structures, factor markets, market failures, and international trade.
Prerequisites TSI complete in Reading
Learning Outcomes 1.    Explain the role of scarcity, specialization, opportunity cost and cost/benefit analysis in economic decision-making.
2.    Identify the determinants of supply and demand; demonstrate the impact in shifts in both market supply and demand curves on equilibrium price and output.
3.    Summarize the law of diminishing marginal utility; describe the process of utility maximization.
4.    Calculate supply and demand elasticities, identify the determinants of price elasticity of demand and supply, and demonstrate the relationship between elasticity and total revenue.
5.    Describe the production function and the Law of Diminishing Marginal Productivity; calculate and graph short-run and long-run costs of production.
6.    Identify the four market structures by characteristics; calculate and graph the profit maximizing price and quantity in the output markets by the use of marginal analysis.
7.    Determine the profit maximizing price and quantity of resources in factor markets under perfect and imperfect competition by the use of marginal analysis.
8.    Describe governmental efforts to address market failure such as monopoly power, externalities, and public goods.
9.    Identify the benefits of free trade using the concept of comparative advantage.
Core Objectives * Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
* Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.
* Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

ECON-Micro5, McEachern, 5th Edition, Cengage Learning
    ISBN: 978-1-305-63194-6

“Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.”
Lecture Topics
A.    The Art and Science of Economic Analysis
B.    Economic Tools and Economic Systems.
C.    Economic Decision Makers.
D.    Demand, Supply, and Markets.
A.    Elasticity of Demand and Supply.
B.    Consumer Choice and Demand.
C.    Production and Cost in the Firm.
A.    Perfect Competition.
B.    Monopoly.
C.    Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly.
A.    Resource Markets.
B.    Labor Markets and Labor Unions.
C.    Capital, Interest, and Corporate Finance.
D.    Transaction Costs, Imperfect Information, and Market Behavior
A.    Economic Regulation and Antitrust Policy.
B.    Public Goods and Public Choice.
C.    Externalities and the Environment.
D.    Income Distribution and Poverty.
A.    International Trade.
B.    International Finance.
C.    Developing and Transitional Economies.

Major Assignments
Week    Chapter    Description of Topic    
1    1    Introduction to Economics; Chapter 1
2    2    Economic Tools and Systems; Chapter 2     
3    3    Economic Decision Making; Chapter 3
4    4    Supply and Demand;Chapter 4
5        First Exam (Chapters 1 - 4)    
6    5    Elasticity; Chapter 5     
7    6    Consumer Choices; Chapter 6
8    7    Production and Costs; Chapter 7
9    8    Perfect Competition; Chapter 8
10    9    Monopoly; Chapter 9
11    10    Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly; Chapter 10 & Unit 2 Exam (Chapters 5-10)    
12    15    Economic Regulation and Antitrust Policy; Chapter 15
13    16    Public Goods and Public Choice; Chapter 16    
14    17    Externalities and the Environment; Chapter 17
15    19    International Trade; Chapter 19
16        Final Exam; Chapters 1-10, 15,16, 17, 19    

Final Exam Date December 7, 2020 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 7, 2020 - 11:59 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Unit Assignments             10%
Discussion Boards 10%
Quizzes 15%
Unit #1 Exam                  15%
Unit #2 Exam                 15%
Final Exam                 15%
Course Paper                 20%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Announcements    
I will post announcements weekly, usually early in the week. These announcements indicate upcoming due dates and notes important to your success in this course. You should READ these Announcements every week. I also recommend using the BlackBoard app on your phone, with notifications, so that you immediately receive notices of new announcements for this class.

Exams will be provided within a BlackBoard examination window. The exams will be timed and limited to 60 minutes. Make-up exams will NOT be given. Missed exams will receive a score of zero. You must work alone while taking the exam. Cheating on exams is not acceptable and will be subject to violations of the Academic Dishonesty policy.
Dates for exams are listed on the Course Calendar and on the Task list. Each exam counts for 15 percent of your final grade. The Final exam is a course requirement. Failure to submit the Final exam will result in a failing course grade.

Weekly quizzes will be given covering the chapter studied that week. Dates for quizzes are listed on the Course Calendar and on the Task list. There will be no makeups for missed quizzes. Missed quizzes will receive a score of zero. The 4 lowest quiz grades will be dropped. Combined, these quizzes will count as 15 percent of your final grade.

There will be 7 Discussion sessions in which you must participate. To receive full credit on Discussion boards, you must submit a thread of your own creation as indicated by the prompt and respond to at least two threads begun by your classmates. Your participation must be substantial and meaningful in order to receive credit. You will not receive full credit with a response such as ?I agree? or ?Good post.? Each discussion board has a grading matrix so that you can see exactly how each one will be graded. Due dates for Discussions are listed on the Course Calendar and on the Task list. There will be no makeups for missed Discussions. Missed discussions will receive a score of zero. The lowest 2 Discussions will be dropped. Combined, these Discussions will account for 10 percent of your final grade.

There will be 4 Unit assignments, one for each of the three units plus an overall assignment. Dates for unit assignments are listed on the Course Calendar and on the Task list. There will be no makeups for missed assignments. Missed assignments will receive a score of zero. Combined, these four unit assignments will account for 10 percent of your final grade.

Research Paper    
You will be required to submit a formal research paper. The research paper is due on the date listed on the Course Calendar, in the Task List, and on the Research Project page. Required content, proper format, adequate research, and correct citations are required. A grading matrix, outline, and guidelines are provided on the Research Project page. Plagiarism will not be tolerated and will be subject to violations of academic dishonesty.
The opportunity to submit a rough draft to be graded and returned with suggestions is provided. The Research Paper is 20 percent of your final grade. Please note that the research paper is a course requirement. Failure to submit a paper will result in a failing course grade.

Use of Instructional Materials    
Instructional materials, such as PowerPoints and concept videos, are provided in Blackboard for each chapter. These will be useful in understanding concepts as presented in the chapters.

Chat Sessions    
It is possible that I may schedule a chat session periodically (if needed) to answer questions. Your attendance/participation is not required and does not count for a grade. If a chat session is conducted, the session will be recorded so that you can view the session at your convenience.

Make-Up/Late work    
Exams, quizzes, assignments, discussion boards, the rough draft, and the final research paper are due on the dates as listed on the Course Calendar and Task list. There will be no make-up exams. There will be no make-up quizzes. Late discussion boards will not be accepted. Late assignments will not be accepted. Units, exams, quizzes, or discussion boards will not be reopened once closed. Late research papers will not be accepted.

Due Dates    
All due dates are listed on the Course Calendar ? found by clicking on the Calendar Menu button ? AND on the Task list ? found by clicking on the Tasks menu button. Due dates are also announced in the weekly announcements. Quizzes, exams, assignments, discussion boards, and research papers will NOT be accepted nor reopened because a student ?did not know it was due.?

Academic Dishonesty    
Copying, stealing, and submitting someone else?s research is considered a violation of the Academic Dishonesty policy. Academic Dishonesty of any kind will not be tolerated. A student violating this policy will receive an automatic F for the course semester grade plus a violation of the Student Code of Conduct will be placed on your record.
Attendance Policy To be successful in this online course, the student MUST purchase the assigned textbook and log into BlackBoard 4-5 times weekly. Regular, reliable access to BlackBoard via Internet is required for this online course.

Response Time Policy
Quizzes and exams are automatically graded by Blackboard and will be available to you immediately. Unit assignments and discussions will be graded in 7-10 days after the due date. Rough drafts and Final Research papers will usually be graded within two weeks of the due date. Emails will generally be answered within 24 hours. A quicker response can usually be made if you email me at kbooth@lit.edu rather than using the email within Blackboard.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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Other Incomplete Grades    
It is my policy to NOT give incompletes as a final course grade. Work must be submitted by the dates assigned.

Withdrawing from the course    
It is the responsibility of the student to properly withdraw from the course. The withdraw process will not be initiated by the instructor.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.