Syllabus 102A Spring_09

Syllabus 102A Spring_09 - UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA...

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DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS ECON 102A: MICROECONOMIC THEORY MWF 2:10 – 3:00 PM, BRNHL B118 SPRING 2009 Instructor: Victoria Umanskaya Office: Sproul Hall 3128 Office hours: MF 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM or by appointment Email: [email protected] Course Description: Microeconomics studies the economic behavior of individuals, households, and firms and examines how their interactions in markets determine the prices and quantities of goods and services. Having been introduced to the basics in the introductory courses, the intermediate level course involves a more rigorous and quantitative approach to understanding the underlying theories. We shall discuss in greater detail choice behavior by consumers, output decisions by firms, determination of the market price under perfect competition and monopoly, and implications for public policy. Course Prerequisites: (ECON 003 AND MATH 009A) OR (ECON 003 AND MATH 008B) OR (ECON 004 and MATH 022) Required text: Microeconomics , 7 th edition, by Robert S. Pindyck and Daniel L. Rubinfeld (Pearson Prentice Hall, 2009) Course Objectives: The major objectives of this course is to provide a strong foundation in the basic models in microeconomics, allowing students to apply these techniques and concepts to a wide variety of individual, business, and social issues. You will need a mastery of these tools in order to do well in subsequent courses in economics and finance. The process of learning is challenging and enjoyable and requires hard work. By the end of the semester, I hope you will have a good understanding of the economic models, which you can apply to issues that are of interest to you. Grading Policy and Requirements: Midterm 1 25% Midterm 2 25% Homework Assignments 10% Final Exam 40% The final letter grade you receive will be based on the following scale: 97 - 100% = A+ 93 - 96% = A 89 - 92% = A- 86 - 88% = B+ 82 - 85% = B
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