Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: ECON-2302- Section: 4C
Principles of Microeconomics
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Instructor Information
InstructorDr. Albert Thigpen
Phone(409) 984-6513
Location:Madison Monroe Education - Room: 228
Hours:By appointment.
Inmate Instruction
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 None
Learning Outcomes Explain the role of scarcity, specialization, opportunity cost and cost/benefit analysis in economic decision-making.
Identify the determinants of supply and demand; demonstrate the impact of shifts in both market supply and demand curves on equilibrium price and output.
Summarize the law of diminishing marginal utility; describe the process of utility
Calculate supply and demand elasticities, identify the determinants of price elasticity of demand and supply, and demonstrate the relationship between elasticity and total revenue.
Describe the production function and the Law of Diminishing Marginal Productivity;calculate and graph short-run and long-run costs of production.
Identify the four market structures by characteristics; calculate and graph the profit maximizing price and quantity in the output markets by use of marginal analysis.
Determine the profit maximizing price and quantity of resources in factor markets under perfect and imperfect competition by use of marginal analysis.
Describe governmental efforts to address market failure such as monopoly power, externalities, and public 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.
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.

Mcconnell, Brue, Flynn. 2018. Microeconomics. 21st Edition. McGraw Hill Publishing.
Lecture Topics
A student is not automatically entitled to make up work or exams missed due to absence. The reason for the absence is to be presented to the instructor for review and determination. Make-up exams may have an academic penalty.
Major Assignments

Week 1: Course Overview, Limits, Alternatives, and Choices
Week 2:The Market System and the Circular Flow, Demands, Supply, and Market Equilibrium
Week 3: Market Failures: Public Goods and Externalities, Government's Role and Government Failure
Week 4: Market Failures: Public Goods and Externalities, Government's Role and Government Failure
Week 5: Exam 1 (Chapter 1-4), Elasticity;
Week 6: Utility Maximization
Week 7: Behavioral Economics
Week 8: Exam 2 (Chapter 5-8)
Week 9: Business and the Costs of Production
Week 10:Pure competition in the short run
Week 11:Technology, R&D, Efficiency
Week 12:Pure Monopoly; Technology, R&D, Efficiency
Week 13:Income Inequality, Poverty and Discrimination; Immigration
Week 14:Exam 3 Ch. 9, 10, 15, 23, 25
Final Exam Date November 23, 2020 - 12:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
three major examinations (including the Final Exam) 100 pts/each = 300 points
Journal Project = 100 points
Total = 400 points
Your grade will be in accordance with the Student Assignment Completion Agreement signed.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies A student is not automatically entitled to make up work or exams missed due to absence. The reason for the absence is to be presented to the instructor for review and determination. Make-up exams may have an academic penalty.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Students are expected to attend class.
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
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.