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SYLLABUS INTRODUCTORY MICROECONOMICS ECO 304K Fall 2009 Unique # 33635 Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1:00-1:50 WEL 2.224 Instructor: Dr. Wayne Hickenbottom Office: BRB 2.134EPhone Number: 475-7816 Email: [email protected] (available through Blackboard) Office Hours: MWF 10:15 – 12:15. MW 2:15 – 3:30, 5:30 – 6:30 Most weeks I will also be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I will post this weekly on Blackboard announcements. Appointments are also an option. Catch me before class, after class, or send email with times that work for you. TA’s office hours: To be announced. Watch announcements on Blackboard SI leaders: Juan Salem, Rahul Anne Textbook Required: Principles of Microeconomics by Case and Fair 9 th edition. We will definitely cover some or all of chapters 1-16 and possibly 17 if time permits. Specific pages for reading assignments will be given in class. I do not necessarily expect you to have read the material we will cover before each class. However, you should use the book, and lecture for that matter, in a way that is useful to you. Whether you read and come to lecture, or come to lecture then read is fairly irrelevant. I will explain the same material as the book does, but often in a slightly different way. The gives you multiple explanations of most topics. It is important to look at all these perspectives over a short time frame. Recommended: myeconlab software. Among other things the software includes an ecopy of the textbook, tutorials, and a large selection of practice questions. A representative from the publisher will be in class the first day to clarify logon procedures and use of the software. The course documents section of Blackboard has information from the publisher about options for purchasing the software and versions of the book directly from them. If you choose to buy the software you will need course ID XL0C- N14X-101Y-4LE2 for this class. If you have questions or problems getting started you can go to Overview The course is designed to familiarize the student with the questions and problems that economists investigate, and the language and tools used to discuss and analyze these problems. Microeconomics specifically deals with how agents in an economy make decisions: Should I buy 5 apples or 7 oranges? Should a firm manufacture more or less of its product? Should a business hire more or fewer workers? These are the kinds of questions microeconomists often explore. However, it is very important you keep in mind that it is often the method, rather than the subject, that separates economic discussions from other types of discourse. Prerequisites The only official prerequisite for this course is a minimal mathematical background.
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What I am assuming is that you have a pretty good understanding of some concepts about graphs, and can at least follow along with some basic algebra. An excellent overview of these graphical concepts can be found in the appendix to chapter 1 on
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