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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "EC 201-1"
COURSE NAME: "Principles of Microeconomics "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Francesco Ruscitti
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 11:30-12:45 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: MA 100 or MA 101; Recommended: EN 105
OFFICE HOURS: Before and after class and by appointment. To schedule an appointment, just approach me or send me an email ahead of time.

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:
Note: This is just a preliminary draft of the syllabus. At the start of the semester I will post on MYJCU and hand out in class the official syllabus (spelling out all of my policies, examination dates etc.).
Note: Be advised that the approach to the subject matter is very basic yet theoretical and abstract. Hence, you may struggle if you do not feel comfortable with abstract reasoning, elementary algebra and geometric analysis.
Microeconomics focuses on the analysis of economic phenomena from the perspective of consumers and firms. The course will focus on price and quantity determination in the marketplace. We will examine how customers and producers with opposite interests jointly contribute to the definition of the equilibrium, and we will provide some valuations on the efficiency of the allocation among people. Moreover, we will discuss about market failures and the possibility of government interventions. Finally, we will study firms’ behavior by analyzing their cost structure and production technology, and by comparing different market structures (perfect competition, monopoly, and oligopoly). 
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Students will learn how to use and apply economic tools analytically. In particular, the fundamental tools of demand and supply. They will be employed not only to understand current economic outcomes, but also to predict future economic effects of current shocks to the economy. Students will learn how to analyze an economic issue rigorously and with analytical precision.
TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Microeconomics (3rd revised edition, 2014).N. Gregory Mankiw and Mark P. TaylorCengage LearningISBN: 1408081989; ISBN 13: 9781408081983  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Midterm exam 1The exam will be worth 100 points. It will cover all the material taught up until a week before the exam day. Multiple-choice questions and also open-ended questions. Regardless of the format, the questions will be analytical in nature.20%
Midterm exam 2The exam will be worth 100 points. It will cover all the material taught from Midterm exam 1 onward. Multiple-choice questions and also open-ended questions. Regardless of the format, the questions will be analytical in nature.30%
Final examThe exam will be worth 100 points. It will be cumulative, that is it will be about all the material covered throughout the course. Multiple-choice questions and also open-ended questions. Regardless of the format, the questions will be analytical in nature.50%

-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. 93-100:A. 90-92.99:A-
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. 86-89.99:B+ 83-85.99:B. 80-82.99:B-
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. 75-79.99:C+. 70-74.99:C. 65-69.99:C-
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. 60-64.99:D+. 55-59.99:D.50-54.99:D-
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. Below 50:F

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Microeconomics is not a course one can navigate seamlessly without attending all lectures and working hard. Regular attendance is strongly recommended and almost indispensable. Later on I will post on MYJCU and circulate a much more detailed syllabus with the exact exam dates. 
Policy on absences: In general, there are no make-up for missed exams. If, for any compelling reason (e.g., you are sick) you happen to miss a midterm exam, I want you to notify me ahead of time (if possible) and I would surely ask you to provide me with a formal justification for your absence. If I deem the justification is formal, legitimate and deserves attention, then I would let you take a make-up exam. 
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

Weeks                         Topics     Reading   
  Assignment
               Exam Dates and topics covered (TBA)

 

          HOW MARKETS WORK:

 

 

Weeks 1, 2 and 3

       Theory of consumer choice and the market forces of supply and demand

     Relevant chapters in the textbook

 

 

 

 

 

Week 4

        Supply, demand, and government policies 

     Relevant chapters in the textbook

 

 

 

 

 

 

        MARKETS AND WELFARE:

 

 

Weeks 4-6

       Consumers, producers, and the efficiency of  markets

     Relevant chapters in the textbook

 

Week 6

       The costs of taxation

     Relevant chapters in the textbook

                  

 

 

 

 

 

   THE ECONOMICS OF THE  PUBLIC SECTOR:

 

 

Week 7

      Externalities

   Relevant chapters in the textbook

 

Week 7

      Public goods and common resources

   Relevant chapters in the textbook

 

 Week 8

      The costs of production

   Relevant chapters in the textbook

 

 

      FIRM BEHAVIOR AND THE ORGANIZATION OF INDUSTRY:

 

 

Week 9

      The costs of production

   Relevant chapters in the textbook

 

Week 10

      Firms in competitive markets

   Relevant chapters in the textbook

 

 

 

 

 

Week 11

      Monopoly

   Relevant chapters in the textbook

               

 

 

 

 

Weeks 12-13-14

      Oligopoly and basic introduction to Game Theory

   Relevant chapters in the textbook

 

 

      

 

 

 

 

 

   Final exam (comprehensive, that is cumulative.): see the  university schedule for date, time and classroom.