Austin Community College


Principles of Microeconomics

ECON 2302— 004

Section 07040


Lockhart High School


Professor: Dr. Zachariah Abungah


Spring Semester 2010




Class Hours:   Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (MWF) 9:50 am – 10:40 am


Office Hours:  09:30 am – 09:45 am MWF

11:30 am – 12:00 pm MWF.

 Students may also contact me by telephone or email for additional assistance.                

Campus:         Lockhart HS    Office # Room 801 (Economics Class Room)                     


Telephone:      223-1790 Extension 26242.  Please leave your name and telephone number so that I can call you back.






Course Description:  Principles of Microeconomics deals with the interactions between individual households and business firms. The concepts of supply and demand will be studied; students will learn what these concepts mean, how they operate, and how prices are determined. Market structure, market failure and income distribution will also be considered.


Required Textbook:  The Micro-Economy Today (11th Edition), by Bradley R. Schiller.


Recommended Study Guide:  Study Guide Micro-Economy Today (11th Edition), by Bradley R. Schiller.


Instructional Methodology:  Instruction will be presented using lectures, textbooks, Internet, handouts, computer technology, team projects, and discussions.


Course Rationale:  This course is meant to give students insight into the dynamics of a market-based economy and how through its mechanism scarce resources are distributed. The theoretical and actual role of the government in this market system will be addressed. The knowledge gained in the course will make students better informed citizens and allow them to follow the debates over various economic events and policies reported in the news media. This course is also a foundation course that will prepare students to be successful in upper division finance, marketing, business administration, economics, government, and social work courses.    


Common Course Objectives/Student Outcomes as Established by the Economics Department:  Students who complete this course will be able to understand:


·         the basic concepts of scarcity and opportunity cost;

·         the forces of demand and supply and how they interact to determine an equilibrium price;

·         how and why equilibrium prices might change and their impact resource allocation;

·         the theory of consumer behavior;

·         the theory of the firm;

·         the theoretical market structures of perfect competition and monopoly.


Learning Objectives/Outcomes as Established by the Instructor:  See Review Questions handed out in class and Discussion Questions at the end of each chapter in the textbook relevant to this class.


Grading System:  Students will be graded/evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:


·         four exams, including a non-cumulative final exam (up to a total of 160 points)

-twenty multiple choice questions on each exam (up to 30 points, i.e. 1.5 points for each question);

-one essay-type question on each exam to demonstrate the understanding of concepts and proficiency in writing (up to 10 points);

·         three written-homework assignments (up to 30 points);

·         participation in class discussions and/or group projects (up to 10 points).


The following scale will be used to distribute final letter grades:


                        Letter Grade                            Points                          Percent


                                    A                                  180-200                       90-100%


                                    B                                  160-179                       80- 89%


                                    C                                 140-159                       70-79%


                                    D                                 120-139                       60-69%


                                    F                                       <119                           <59%


Course Policies 


Attendance:  Students are expected to attend class regularly. Roll calls will be taken each day of class meeting. If a student misses a class, he/she will be responsible for the material covered or presented in class during such absence. Make-up exams will be given only with prior notification and approval by the instructor.


Withdrawal:  It is your responsibility to withdraw from this course if your personal situation, including failure to show progress requires you to do so. While I do not anticipate withdrawing students from the course, I reserve the right to do so, if the situation warrants such action.


Scholastic Dishonesty:  Acts prohibited by the college for which discipline may be administered include scholastic dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating on an exam or quiz, plagiarizing, and an unauthorized collaboration with another student or individual in preparing outside work. Academic work submitted by students shall be the result of their thought, research or self-expression. Academic work is defined as, but not limited to tests, quizzes, whether taken electronically or on paper; projects, either individual or group; classroom presentations, and homework assignments.


Students with Disabilities:  Each ACC campus offers support services for students with documented physical or psychological disabilities. Students with disabilities must request reasonable accommodations through the Office for Student with Disabilities on the campus where they expect to take the majority of their classes. Students are encouraged to do this three weeks before the start of the semester. 








































Course Outline/Calendar


            DATE                          LECTURES, ASSIGNMENTS, EXAMS


            1/20  — 1/29               BASIC CONCEPTS (CHAPTER 1):


            1/20                             A.         Introduction


            1/20                             B.         Core Issues


            1/22 & 1/27                  C.        Production Theory


            1/25 & 1/29                  D.        Appendix to Ch. 1: Graphs


            2/1 — 2/12                  MARKET ANALYSIS (CHAPTER 3):


            2/1 & 2/3                      A.         Demand Theory


            2/5 & 2/8                      B.         Supply Theory


            2/10 & 2/12                  C.        Market Equilibrium and Disequilibrium


            2/15 — 2/26                DEMAND THEORIES (CHAPTER 5)


            2/15                             A.         Economic Theory of Demand


2/15 & 2/17                  B.         Utility Theory of Demand


            2/19 & 2/22                  C.        Elasticity of Demand and Price


            2/24                             D.        Income Elasticity of Demand


            2/26                             E.         Appendix to Ch. 5: Indifference Curves


            2/26                                         Homework Assignment 1


            3/1 — 3/31                  THEORY OF THE FIRM (CHAPTERS 6-11):


            3/1, 3/3, & 3/5              A.         The Costs of Production (ch. 6)


            3/8                                           EXAM 1                                 


3/10                             B.         The Competitive Firm (ch.7)


            3 /12                            C.        Competitive Markets (ch. 8)


            3/15 — 3/21                            SPRING BREAK: NO CLASSES


3/22 - 3/26                   D.        Imperfect Markets (ch.9 & 10)--Monopoly and Oligopoly


            3/29                                         Homework Assignment 2               


            3/29 & 3/31                  E.         Monopolistic Competition (ch. 11)


            4/2                                           EXAM 2         


4/5 — 4/12                  MARKET FAILURE AND GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION (CHAPTER 9,10, & 12):


            4/5                               A.         Market Structure


            4/7                               B.         Mergers and Acquisitions


            4/9                               C.        Anti-trust Laws


            4/12                             D.        Regulation


            4/14 — 4/23                THEORY OF LABOR MARKETS AND LABOR UNIONS                                                              (CHAPTERS 15 & 16):


            4/14                             A.         Supply and Demand for Labor


            4/16                             B.         Labor Market Equilibrium


            4/19                             C.        Firm’s Hiring Decisions


            4/21                             D.        Impact of labor Unions on Labor Markets


            4/23                                         EXAM 3


            4/26—5/14                  FINANCIAL MARKETS (CHAPTER 17)


            4/26 & 4/28                  A.         The Role of Financial Markets


            4/30 & 5/3                    B.         The present Value of Future Profits


            5/5                                           Homework Assignment 3 (Internet-Based)


            5/5 & 5/7                      C.        The Stock Market


            5/10 & 5/12                  D.        The Bond Market


            5/14                                         EXAM 4                                             


            5/14                             LAST DAY OF CLASS AND END OF SEMESTER