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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "EC 201"
COURSE NAME: "Principles of Microeconomics "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Summer Session I 2017
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Kevin Callison
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MTWTH 9:00 AM 10:45 AM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: MA 100 or MA 101; Recommended: EN 105
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course introduces the students to the basic principles of microeconomics and the study of the behavior of individual agents, such as consumers and producers. The first part of the course reviews the determinants of supply and demand, the characteristics of market equilibrium, the concept of social welfare, and the consequences of price controls, taxation, and externalities on social welfare. The second part of the course deals with market theory, with a review of cost concepts and market structures: competition, monopoly, oligopoly, and imperfect competition.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
See below for a detailed description of topics to be covered in this course.
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
After completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate working knowledge of the following concepts:
-Comparative advantage, opportunity cost, and the gains from trade
-The fundamentals of supply, demand, and market inefficiencies
-Firm production costs and optimization
-Firm behavior in competitive, imperfectly competitive, and monopolistic markets
-The impacts of government intervention, imperfect information, and market externalities
TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Principles of Microeconomics 6th EditionN. Gregory MankiwCengage Learning978-0538453042 The textbook is required. Please buy the book before classes start so that you will have it in time. If you are a student coming from the U.S. it will be easier for you to buy the book before you leave for Italy. We will use the 6th edition in class, but it is perfectly acceptable to buy an older and cheaper edition.
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Reading QuizzesMultiple choice quiz over daily reading assignment; two lowest grades will be dropped at the end of the semester.34
MidtermExam consisting of true/false/explain, short answer, and long answer problems.33
Final ExamExam consisting of true/false/explain, short answer, and long answer problems.33

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course.
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
There is no formal attendance component of the course grade. However, since reading quizzes are administered at the beginning of each class, any unexcused absence will result in a score of zero for that day's quiz.
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

SessionSession FocusReading AssignmentOther AssignmentMeeting Place/Exam Dates
5/22Scarcity and the Budget Constraint, Consumer Choice, and Indifference Curves Mankiw: Ch. 21, pp. 439-449  
5/23Income and Substitution Effects, Law of DemandMankiw: Ch. 21, pp. 450-462  
5/24Market Supply and DemandMankiw: Ch. 4, pp. 65-84  
5/25Market Supply and Demand / ElasticitiesMankiw: Ch. 5, pp. 89-106  
5/29Market Efficiency, Consumer and Producer SurplusMankiw: Ch. 7, pp. 135-151  
5/30TaxesCh. 6, pp. 121-128  
5/31Costs of TaxationMankiw: Ch. 8, pp. 155-167  
6/1Government Intervention and ExternalitiesMankiw: Ch. 6, pp. 111-120; Ch. 10, pp. 195-213  
6/5Public Goods and Common ResourcesMankiw: Ch. 11, pp. 217-229  
6/6Production Possibilities Frontier, Comparative Advantage and the Gains from TradeMankiw: Ch. 2, pp. 26-28; Ch. 3, pp. 49-60  
6/7Review for MidtermNone  
6/8MidtermNone  
6/12The Production Function and Costs of ProductionMankiw: Ch. 13, pp. 259-265  
6/13Cost Curves of the FirmMankiw: Ch. 13, pp. 266-274  
6/14Competitive Industry, Entry and ExitMankiw: Ch. 14, pp. 279-289  
6/15Competitive Industry, Short-run and Long-run SupplyMankiw: Ch. 14, pp. 290-295  
6/19Monopoly BehaviorMankiw: Ch. 15, pp. 299-310  
6/20Welfare Implications of Monopolies, Price DiscriminationMankiw: Ch. 15, pp. 311-324  
6/21OligopolyMankiw: Ch. 17, pp. 349-368  
6/22Review for Final ExamNone  
6/23Final ExamNone