ECONOMICS COURSES AT ACC
Students who are considering taking a principles of
economics course at ACC need to be aware of what is required if they want to
successfully complete it. By reading over the information listed below,
prospective students will be better able to evaluate their readiness for
enrolling in either the Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 2301) or the
Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 2302) course.
students will have completed at least an intermediate algebra course in
high school. Students should be able to read and interpret graphs—both
factual, based on data, and theoretical, showing only general
relationships. A rudimentary knowledge of probability and statistics is
also helpful. In addition, students should have some knowledge of the
scientific method--of how hypotheses and theories are checked against data
to see how well they explain and predict.
economics courses assume that students have successfully completed the
basic high school U.S. History and
American Government courses.
Students are expected to have a prior knowledge of the fundamentals
of U.S. history and of the function and structure of the federal
government. It is also helpful if students are interested in and informed
about current economic, business, and political news.
courses include substantial reading assignments. Each course will cover
around 400 pages from the assigned textbook. Students are expected to be familiar
with the material to be covered in each class and to have read the
appropriate sections of the text PRIOR to the class period. Students should
not expect to pass these courses by just taking good lecture notes. Taking
good notes AND reading the assigned textbook material are both
essential. It is not unusual for
students to read each chapter over two or three times in order to fully
understand what is being explained.
most classes, some type of writing assignment is a requirement for
successfully completing the course.
Many classes include essay questions on each exam. In addition, many classes require homework
assignments drawn from end-of-the-chapter questions, written analyses of
newspaper articles covering business and economic news, or research
normal mode of delivery is lecture.
While many classes include class discussions as well as class
activities, the predominant mode of delivery is lecture. The student has a responsibility to read
the assignments prior to class and to be able to take notes based on the
reading assignment and class presentation, lecture, or discussion. Successful students revise and edit their
notes as soon as they can after the lecture.
should plan on studying for at least 3 hours outside of class for every
hour (50 minutes) they are in class. In a normal 16 week fall or spring
semester, these classes meet 3 hours per week. This means that students
should be allocating 9 hours per week of study time to each of them
outside of class.
must adhere to attendance policies and class behavior policies established
by the instructor. Successful students are rarely absent from class, they
arrive on time and stay for the entire class—regardless of their other
activities and responsibilities, they prepare for class by doing the
assigned reading, and they treat their classmates and instructor with
college courses usually meet only two times per week (in some cases only
once each week) in a normal 16 week fall or spring semester, high school
students and recent high school graduates may not be accustomed to the
faster pace of these courses. This pace is substantially accelerated in
the 8 week fall and spring sessions and in the 4 week, 5.5 week, and 11
week summer sessions. The same amount of material is covered no matter
what the length of the session in which the courses are offered.
enrolling in Distance Learning courses will need maturity, ability, and
self-discipline to successfully complete the requirements. The student
will be required to complete the same amount of work at the same level of
difficulty as students enrolling in the in-class sections. Distance
Learning courses are designed for mature and capable students endowed with
a great degree of self-discipline and responsibility. If this description
does not sound like you, then you should enroll in an in-class section of
students enrolled in these courses will be treated as college students
regardless of the location at which the class meets. Students are protected by the Family
Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
In compliance with this Act, instructors will not discuss student
grades, academic progress, or class attendance and participation with a
student’s parents (or high school counselors) unless the student is
Our instructors are dedicated, trained teachers and are
excited about the subject matter and the opportunity to share it with their
students. They are eager to participate
in a collaborative learning experience with their students in order to achieve
mastery of the principles of economics as well as improvements in reading,
writing, and critical thinking skills. In
addition, students who complete these courses will be far better prepared to
understand the debates surrounding current economic problems and will be better
able to assume the responsibilities of citizenship in a participatory
democracy. Paraphrasing the Spanish
philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset, “When there is a shortage of bread, the first
thing people (who have not taken an economics course) do
is burn down the bakeries.”
Taking an economics course can be a challenging and
We look forward to traveling this path with you.