Course Syllabus



Course Description:

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 This is an introductory course focusing on choices of individual economic decision-makers. Topics include scarcity, specialization and trade, market equilibrium, elasticity, production and cost theory, market structures, factor markets, and market failure.

Student Learning Outcomes:

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

  1. Utilize the concept of scarcity to explain economic trade-offs, opportunity costs, and rational behavior.
  2. Calculate and interpret measures of elasticity. 
  3. Demonstrate how markets function and what happens in the presence of market failures. 
  4. Analyze production and costs of the firm.
  5. Demonstrate how firms attempt to optimize their objectives in response to price signals under a variety of market structures in the short and long-run.

Course Content:

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  1. Fundamentals of Economic Thinking
    1. Scarcity
    2. Opportunity Costs
    3. Production Possibilities
    4. Marginal Analysis
    5. Rational Behavior
    6. Positive v. Normative Distinction
  2. How Markets Operate
    1. Definition of a market
    2. Factors of production
    3. Supply and demand
    4. Price mechanism
    5. Producer and consumer surplus
    6. Price controls
  3. Elasticity
  4. Consumer demand
  5. Production and cost in the firm
    1. Introduction to the production function
    2. Marginal and average product
    3. Law of diminishing returns
    4. Explicit and implicit cost
    5. Accounting profit v. economic profit
    6. Total cost, average cost and marginal cost in short-run
    7. Short-run production decisions
    8. Long run average cost curve
    9. Economies and diseconomies of scale
  6. Market structures
    1. Perfect competition
    2. Monopoly
    3. Monopolistic competition
    4. Oligopoly
  7. Introduction to factor markets
  8. Market failure and public policy
  9. Specialization and gains from trade


Great newsyour textbook for this class is available for free online!
Principles of Microeconomics from OpenStax, ISBN 1-947172-29-8

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    Important Notes:

    • All first week assignments need to be completed and submitted by the due date to avoid possibly being dropped from the class.
    • Any student needing accommodations should inform the instructor. Students with disabilities who may need accommodations for this class are encouraged to notify the instructor and contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) [link to your college's DSPS website] early in the quarter so that reasonable accommodations may be implemented as soon as possible. Students may contact the DRC by visiting the Center (located in room A205) or by phone (541-4660 ext. 249 voice or 542-1870 TTY for deaf students). All information will remain confidential.
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