ECO 108 Spring 2014 Syllabus

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   1 ECO 108.01 - .10 An Introduction to Economic Analysis Spring 2014 This course is an introduction to microeconomics (the study of individual, firm, industry, and market behavior) and macroeconomics (the study of the determinants of national income, the rate of economic growth, employment, and inflation). Prerequisite: C or higher in MAT 122 or MAT 123 or AMS 151 or level 4 on the mathematics placement examination Instructor: Dr. William Dawes Instructor Office Hours: TBA TA Office Hours: TBA email Address: TBA Text: Text available at the University Bookstore NOTE: The Text is required and you need to have your own copy. Other: A numeric keypad from TurningTechnologies, a “clicker”,  available at the University Bookstore. If you have not registered your clicker in BlackBoard for another curse, you will need to go into the BlackBoard page for this course and register your keypad. Course Learning Objectives: Understanding the basic concepts of introductory economics Understanding how to use the basic micro and macro models of economics Your grade in this course is determined by the quality of your answers to the questions in the text, the quality of your group’s work in recitation, your participation in Lecture Activities, and on four or five tests. Here is how each of those is weighted in the calculation of your course grade: Tests: 87% (10% for Test #0 and 19.25% for Tests #1, #2, #3, and #4 or 0% for Test #0 and 21.75% for Tests #1, #2, #3, and #4) The test schedule is: February 13 Test #0 (in the evening, 8:45 pm  –   10:15 pm) February 27 Test #1 (in the evening, 8:45  –   10:15 pm) March 31 Test #2 (in the evening, 8:45 pm  –   10:15 pm) April 17 Test #3 (in the evening, 8:45 pm  –   10:15 pm) May 8 “Optional” (in the evening, 8:45 pm  –   10:15 pm) May 16 Test #4 (during the final exam period: 11:15 am  –   1:45 pm) Recitation: 8% (Performance on recitation questions and spot checks of your answers to the Text questions.) Lecture Activities: 5% Test #0 will cover the material from the first several weeks of class. At the end of that test and  before you hand it in, you must indicate whether you want the test to count as 10% of your course grade or 0% of your course grade. There will be a “box” t owards the top of the first page of Test #0. If you sign your name, Test #0 counts; if you don’t, it doesn’t. Test #1 will include the material from Test #0. It is possible that the test schedule will be modified. The Optional on May 8 covers the material on Tests #1, #2, and #3. If you take it and do better on it than on any one of those tests, we will replace the worst of your grades from those three tests with your grade on the Optional. If you do worse on the Optional than any of those tests, your grade on the Optional will not count. If you miss any one of Tests #1, #2, or #3 for any reason, the Optional is the “ makeup test ” . This means that if you miss one of those tests, you must  take the Optional. There are no exceptions to this. Important notes: If you choose to have Test #0 count as 10% of your course grade, the Optional cannot be used to replace your Test #0 grade. Test #4 is not comprehensive; it just covers the material from the last part of the course. Everyone must take Test #4. The Text is an extensive series of Activities, each with a set of questions, designed to guide you through particular economic topics. The questions in the Text will be spot-checked in recitation for both completion and accuracy. They will also often serve as the basis for some of the Lecture Activities. You must bring your Text to all lectures and recitations. When you come to office hours, you should also bring it as well. All requests for regrades must be submitted in writing and include an explanation as to why you think a reconsideration of your work is appropriate. Except in the case of mistakes in addition, I reserve the right to regrade the entire piece of work if it is submitted for a regrade. Requests for regrades must be submitted within 7 days of when the graded work is first available in recitation. This means that if you wait two weeks to loo k over your test, you can’t submit it for a regrade. There will be no make -up exams or makeup recitations . You may not improve your grade by doing “extra” work.     2 In general, office hours are held in the 6-th floor lobby of Social and Behavioral Sciences. If you need to see me or any of the TAs outside of office hours, please make an appointment. Also, if I am not in the lobby during my office hours, please look for me in my office, S  –   641. I usually pass through the lobby many times during the course of a day; if you are working in the lobby and would like to ask me a question, feel free to do so. If I have time, I’m happy to help.  The recitation for this class usually involve groups of 2 or 3 students working at a computer to complete a series of questions. It is important to understand that knowledge of computers is not a pre-requisite for this course. Historically, students in this class have found it useful to get in the habit of coming up to office hours whenever they are working on the questions in the text. In many courses, students often consider office hours for a course as a resource to be utilized only when they are studying for a test that is 22 hours away or having a terrible time doing an assignment that is due in 20 minutes. Those circumstances are seldom conducive to a good learning experience. The 6 th  Floor lobby in SBS is a good place to study. The classroom is not an appropriate environment for you to receive cell phone calls or check your email. Please be sure your cell phone is turned off before class. You should know that falsely reporting a student’s attendance, whether by doing her / his Lecture Activity or recitation and handing it in or allowing a student to copy directly from your work will not be tolerated and is considered academic dishonesty. All students involved in such situations will be charged with academic dishonesty. At various times during most classes, you will be given an opportunity to complete what we refer to as a “Lecture Activity” , a series of questions covering current course material. The sole objective of these Activities is for both of us to assess the level of your understanding of particular topics and/or mastery of particular skills. The Lecture Activities will take two forms, responses registered using the keypad response system and hardcopies to be handed in during lecture. You will need to buy the keypad from the bookstore. As long as you try to complete all the Lecture Activities for a particular lecture, you will receive full credit for that set of Activities. If a particular Lecture Activity involves participation at several points during a lecture, you must participate in all the parts to receive credit. You can miss up to three Lecture Activities without lowering your lecture activity grade. Note: The only time you can do the Lecture Activity is during the allocated lecture/recitation time. As part of the assessment process, not every student will necessarily get the same Lecture Activity during any particular lecture/recitation. This will give us the opportunity to increase our understanding about teaching and learning that will improve our efforts in those areas. Historically, students who do not bother to make a real effort to do their best on Lecture Activities do not do well in the course. Please bring a straight edge (longer than your ID card) and a calculator to all classes. Various course documents, including old test questions, this syllabus, office hours, and other useful information will be available over the Web in the Blackboard account this class. You can access class information on-line at: For help or more information see: Americans with Disabilities Act: If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services, ECC (Educational Communications Center) Building, room128, (631) 632-6748. They will determine with you what accommodations, if any, are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential. Academic Integrity: Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be  personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another person's work as your own is always wrong. Faculty are required to report any suspected instances of academic dishonesty to the Academic Judiciary. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty, please refer to the academic judiciary website at Critical Incident Management: Stony Brook University expects students to respect the rights,  privileges, and property of other people. Faculty are required to report to the Office of Judicial Affairs any disruptive behavior that interrupts their ability to teach, compromises the safety of the learning environment, or inhibits students' ability to learn.
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