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Summer 2014

 

Home Page:

http://www.utdallas.edu/~plewin/

Semester Start/End Date:

May 28 – August 7.

 

 

 COURSE SYLLABUS

MECO 6303/SYS 6309 Various sections

Class Section/ Class Number

Class Title

Schedule & Location

MECO 6303.0I1 - 51824/SYSM 6319.0I1 - 51996

Business Economics

online

MECO 6303.5U2 - 51826/SYSM 6319.5U2 - 51896

Business Economics

Tues : 6:00pm-10:00pm - JSOM 1.102

MECO 6303.SU1 - 53071

Business Economics

Wed: 1:00pm-5:00pm - JSOM 1.502

 

 

|Course Information | Communications|  Student Assessments| Reading and Lesson Outline| University Policies Relevant to Students|

 

 

I make extensive use of eLearning  in all of my courses. You should monitor the course on eLearning frequently for announcements, discussions and supplementary material

 

Course Information

 

1.     Course Description

 

Economics is about the ordinary business of life and it is also the basis for many courses in Business.  It also contains much of the conceptual material necessary for an intelligent understanding of business life. The approach in this course to the teaching of economic principles is to try to ensure that students acquire the necessary conceptual apparatus in a way that is both challenging and interesting. This is done by attempting to ensure that the material is presented in a lively, interesting and relevant fashion. We will constantly use current real world examples to illustrate the application of concepts.

 

Catalogue Description.

Business Economics (3 semester hours) Foundations of the economic analysis of business problems, with special emphasis on the function and determination of market prices in production and consumption. Supply and demand, price theory, production theory, trade theory with reference to the global economy, the effects of tax and other policies in the economy, and essential elements of the banking system and monetary policy are addressed.

 

2.     Prerequisites: MATH 5304 or equivalent.

 

3.     Learning objectives:

 

Minimal General Learning Outcomes - the ability to

·         Understand and be able to apply the concepts of supply and demand, equilibrium, and the factors that shift supply and demand to analyze the behavior of real markets when conditions change.

·         Analyze the impacts of restricting markets from reaching the competitive equilibrium through price controls, taxes, and subsidies.

·         Understand the difference between monopoly markets and competitive markets.

·         Understand the nature of production in the modern economy. Be able to identify the profit maximizing price and the relationship between different types of cost.

 

I would like students to take away from this course at least the following:

 

1).     An appreciation of the power of economic reasoning for understanding current events

2).    A facility for analyzing everyday economic problems using basic economic analysis

3).     An understanding of the concepts of

·         supply and demand

·         costs and benefits

·         and their multiple applications

4).    An appreciation of the role of

·         money in the economy

·         the dangers of inflation

·         the importance of free trade

·         the limits of regulation

·         the effects of taxes and subsidies of different types

·         the workings of the market system is determining earnings (interest, profits, wages, salaries and rents)

·         the modern business firm, its function and its boundaries

·         the achievements of the American economic system.

 

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4.     Instructor Information

 

1).   Contact information

 

Contact information is:


Email: 
plewin@utdallas.edu

Phone: 972-883-2729
Office: 
SOM 3.223, UTD

You can contact me anytime by phone or email, and see me by appointment in my office.

 

2).  Instructor brief biography

 

I was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. I received a BA (honors) degree in Economics and History from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1969. In September 1972, after teaching at the business school at that University, I left to study at the University of Chicago. I received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1979. I was fortunate to have as teachers at least four Nobel prize winners. In January 1979 I moved with my family to Dallas, where we have lived ever since. After seven years as an academic, I tried my hand in an entrepreneurial venture and joined a friend in a startup business called Soft Warehouse. Today it is called CompUSA. I was one of its founding shareholders. It was a difficult but very educational experience. In 1992 I decided to return to academics and have been with the UTD School of Management since 1997. I love my job. I have a passion for teaching and for economics.

 

My wife and I were married in December 1969. We have four children and nine grandchildren.

 

To see more about my professional and personal life visit my website at http://www.utdallas.edu/~plewin/

 

5.     Course Materials

 

Required Textbooks and Materials

 

The official text book for this course Principles of Economics, 3rdedition, by Timothy Taylor, published by  TEXTBOOK MEDIA. You can get it online.  Here is the information.

 

·         Go to http://www.textbookmedia.com/. Register. It will take about 60 seconds. You will be taken to My Account.

·         You will see “You currently have no books to view.” To find the Taylor book, click on Booklist.

·         Locate the book and click on Pricing Details. You will have three options for the format (e-book, pdf, and print). Read the descriptions and make your choice.

·         Click on Add to Cart, then Checkout. Then you’ll see a page for Review Order. Once processed, ebook orders will be in My Account. Print orders may take up to seven business days, but you’ll have the online book immediately in My Account.

 

Ideas in economics can be learned from multiple sources. I will post supplementary material to complement the text and the lectures. In addition any basic text may help solidify the fundamentals and add to insight and understanding. [A good example is Economics by Walter J. Wessels (2012 edition is the latest, any will do), Barrons, Available here.]

 

Reading and Lesson Outline

 

LESSON #

TOPICS COVERED

Suggested Reading

The relevant pages in the indicated chapters

One

Course  Access and  Self-Orientation

Introduction to Economics – assumptions and implications- productions possibility curves

Chapters 1, 2..

Two

Demand and Supply – movements along curves vs. shifts of curves. Elasticities of demand and supply; Engel curves; Market Equilibrium.

Chapters 4,7

Three

Economic Policies - Price controls, taxes and subsidies. Minimum wages, rent controls, consumer and producer surplus.

Chapters 5.

Test 1

 

Four

Consumer Theory -The isolated consumer, the consumer in the market.

Chapter 8.

Five

Producer Theory -  Monopoly, competition, production, revenue and costs

Chapters 9, 10, 11, 12.

Test 2

 

Six

Production and Growth – Growth accounting, the cost of living – price indexes

Chapters 21-22.

Seven

The Financial System/Macroeconomics - Saving, investment and financial markets

Chapters 24-30 (various sections)

Test 3 -  Final

 

 

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Communications

 

I make extensive use of eLearning  in all of my courses. You should monitor the course on elearning frequently for announcements, discussions and supplementary material

 

Interaction with Instructor: I will communicate with students mainly through the Discussion Boards and Course Announcements. Students may send personal concerns or questions to me using plewin@utdallas.edu.  I will reply to student emails or Discussion board messages within 3 working days under normal circumstances.

 

Interaction with other students:  You may communicate and interact with other students using either email, discussion board or the communication tools shown on the course menu.

 

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Student Assessment: Grading/Evaluation

 

Students will be evaluated on submitted assignments, one for each lesson and on three multiple choice exams. The assignments are 15 points each. So half of your grade will be determined by the assignments and half by the online exams.

 

There will be two online timed midterms 1 hour each (25%) and a comprehensive final test (50% - 25 questions from the last third of course, 25 questions from any part of the course -  2 hour limit).

 

Here is the test and assignment schedule for all sections.

 

Total Evaluation 205 points – 105 for the assignments + 100 for the online exams.

Online Tests: (100 points)

Test 1 (covers lessons 1-3)

25 questions

June 20  (12 am) ‐ 22 (11:59 pm) - 1 hour

Test 2 (covers lesson 4-5)

25 questions

July 18 (12 am) ‐ 20 (11:59 pm)  - 1 hour

Test 3 (final, lesson 6-7, 25 questions, and 25 questions comprehensive)

50 questions

August 8 (12 am) ‐ 10 (11:59 pm) – 2 hours

Assignments: (15 points each)

Due dates: Assignment for

Lessons 1,2,3

June  20

 

Lessons 4,5

July 18

 

Lessons 6,7

August 8

For more information on the  Assignments see the assignment page on the eLearning course module.

 

 

The following are the grades that are possible to earn in this class.

 

A,  A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, and F, X.

 

The actual grade distribution for each test will be determined by the total class performance. I will publish a grade distribution, linking scores to grades, after each test and for the course as a whole.

 

Please note the procedure for dealing with questions and concerns after taking a test. Once the test period has expired and the correct answers have been released, if you have questions or concerns (maybe an alternative interpretation of the question yielding a different answer), compose and email stating clearly your concern or what you do not understand for each question you wish to discuss and send it to me. Please reference the question by number and title (if available) and cut and paste as much of it as you can. I will take all such queries on a first-come/first-serve basis and get back to you as soon as I can with my answers.

 

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Course Policies

Make-up exams

Make up exams will be given only in exceptional circumstances

 

Extra Credit

There will be no extra credit assignments

 

Special Assignments

There are no special assignments

 

For all sections: Students are required to login regularly to the online class site. The instructor can use the tracking feature in eLearning to monitor student activity.

 

University Policies Relevant for Students:

Scholastic Honesty

The University has policies and discipline procedures regarding scholastic dishonesty. Detailed information is available on the UTD Judicial Affairs web page. All students are expected to maintain a high level of responsibility with respect to academic honesty. Students who violate University rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and/or dismissal from the University. Since such dishonesty harms the individual, all students and the integrity of the University, policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced.

Course Evaluation

As required by UTD academic regulations, every student must complete an evaluation for each enrolled course at the end of the semester. An online instructional assessment form will be made available for your confidential use. A link to an online instructional assessment form will be emailed to you towards the end of the semester.

 

Online behavior - Virtual Classroom Citizenship

The same guidelines that apply to traditional classes should be observed in the virtual classroom environment. Please use proper netiquette when interacting with class members and the professor.

 

Policy on Server Unavailability or Other Technical Difficulties

The university is committed to providing a reliable online course system to all users. However, in the event of any unexpected server outage or any unusual technical difficulty which prevents students from completing a time sensitive assessment activity, the instructor will extend the time windows and provide an appropriate accommodation based on the situation. Students should immediately report any problems to the instructor and also contact the UTD eLearning Help Desk: http://www.utdallas.edu/elearninghelp, 1-866-588-3192. The instructor and the UTD eLearning Help Desk will work with the student to resolve any issues at the earliest possible time.

University Policies

General policies, including policies on Academic Honesty and Integrity.

 

Please go to http://go.utdallas.edu/syllabus-policies for these policies.

 

Student Conduct & Discipline

 

The University of Texas System and The University of Texas at Dallas have rules and regulations for the orderly and efficient conduct of their business. It is the responsibility of each student and each student organization to be knowledgeable about the rules and regulations which govern student conduct and activities.

 

The University of Texas at Dallas administers student discipline within the procedures of recognized and established due process. Procedures are defined and described in the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System, Part 1, Chapter VI, Section 3, and in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities of the Course Syllabus Page 8, University’s Handbook of Operating Procedures. Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations (SSB 4.400, 972/883- 6391).

 

A student at the university neither loses the rights nor escapes the responsibilities of citizenship. He or she is expected to obey federal, state, and local laws as well as the Regents’ Rules, university regulations, and administrative rules. Students are subject to discipline for violating the standards of conduct whether such conduct takes place on or off campus, or whether civil or criminal penalties are also imposed for such conduct.

 

 

© Peter Lewin 2013-2014.