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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "EC 201"
COURSE NAME: "Principles of Microeconomics "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Summer Session I 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Sonia Dalmia
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MTWTH 9:00-10:50 AM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: MA 100 or MA 101; Recommended: EN 105
OFFICE HOURS: After class or by appointment

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:

The course starts with an introduction to main economic concepts, such as the concept of opportunity cost, scarcity, equilibrium, and marginal analysis. These concepts represent the basic foundation for economic reasoning and a departure point for all subsequent economic analysis. Supply and demand, a central tool of microeconomic analysis, are explored with applications to a variety of issues, including price controls and taxation. The course presents a detailed analysis of consumer and producer theory and the notion of surplus. The costs of production are analyzed and related to decision making concepts such as profit, the supply curve, and the shut-down point.  The last part of the course discusses different market structures and their effect on efficiency. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

LEARNING OUTCOMES: 

On the successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

·Interpret graphs, charts and tables and use them to illustrate basic economic concepts. 

·Understand interactions between economic variables.  

·Explain how competitive markets organize the allocation of scarce resources and the    distribution of goods and services.

· Explain the consequences of price controls. 

· Distinguish between various forms of market failure and explain how governments might need   to intervene. 

·Distinguish between different types of market structures and compare their efficiency. 

·Understand costs of productions. 

·Communicate their knowledge and provide a logical and coherent explanation of an economic  phenomena. 

·Relate basic economic theory to current issues.

TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Midterm 1The first midterm exam is a mixture of multiple choice, short and long open-ended questions and covers material up to the week prior to the exam. All questions will be analytical requiring a well thought-out answer.20
Midterm 2The second midterm exam is a mixture of multiple choice, short and long open-ended questions and covers material from where the first midterm ends up to the week prior to the second midterm.20
Active Learning ExercisesThese are group exercises for immediate reinforcement, application and assessment of the material covered. Your Active Learning grade will involve (A) attendance in class, (B) participation in classroom discussion and (C) accuracy of your submitted answers. 15
Problem SetsProblem sets containing 30 multiple choice questions from each chapter will be made available on MYJCU. These have been prepared with the intention of helping you review the material covered and prepare for the multiple-choice section of the exams. You will be required to submit your answers to these questions on MYJCU as they will count towards your grade.15
Final examThe final exam is cumulative. It is a mixture of multiple choice, short and long open-ended questions and covers material up to the last week of classes. 30

-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:
ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS AND EXAMINATION POLICY
You cannot make-up a major exam (midterm or final) without the permission of the Dean’s Office. The Dean’s Office will grant such permission only when the absence was caused by a serious impediment, such as a documented illness, hospitalization or death in the immediate family (in which you must attend the funeral) or other situations of similar gravity. Absences due to other meaningful conflicts, such as job interviews, family celebrations, travel difficulties, student misunderstandings or personal convenience, will not be excused. Students who will be absent from a major exam must notify the Dean’s Office prior to that exam. Absences from class due to the observance of a religious holiday will normally be excused. Individual students who will have to miss class to observe a religious holiday should notify the instructor by the end of the Add/Drop period to make prior arrangements for making up any work that will be missed. The final exam period runs until ____________
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

Week 

Reading

Topics

1

Mankiw 1 and 2

Principles of economics

Easterly 1, Mankiw 3

Gains from trade

1

Mankiw 4

Supply and demand

2

Mankiw 5

Elasticity

Midterm 1

2

Mankiw 6 and 7

Government policy and market efficiency

2

Mankiw 6 and 7

Government policy and market efficiency

3

Mankiw 13

Costs of production

3

Mankiw 14

Competitive markets

4

Mankiw 15

Monopoly

Midterm 2

4

Mankiw 16 and 17

Imperfect markets

4

Mankiw 16 and 17

Imperfect markets

5

Mankiw 10 and 11

Market failures

5

Mankiw 10 and 11

Market failures