Preliminary syllabus, subject to change without notice.
The class meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00pm to 6:15pm. At least initially, classes will meet virtually via Zoom, which may be accessed through Canvas. Course announcements will also be posted on Canvas.
- Goolsbee, Levitt, and Syverson Microeconomics, 3rd ed. Worth Publishers, 2019.
If you have a copy of an earlier edition, you may use that instead. The three editions are similar, but there are some changes.
Office Hours and Contact Info
Due to the continuing coronavirus hazard, I will not have regular office hours in the early part of the semester. I will be available via Zoom immediately after class. Just speak up once class ends if you have a question. Otherwise, you may contact me via email at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or <John.Boyd@fiu.edu>. Emails sent through Canvas may get a delayed response due to an email issue.
I hope to have some in-person office hours after I have taken both doses of the coronavirus vaccine. I'm scheduled to do this on Feb. 5.
The TA is Anderson Tami. His email is <email@example.com>
Your grade will be based on biweekly quizzes and a final exam. There is no midterm.
There will be six short (thirty minute) quizzes. Class will end 30 minutes early on quiz days. Quizzes will be available via Canvas immediately after class. You must use Canvas's Respondus Lockdown Browswer to answer them. You will have a one hour window to take each quiz. Once you start a quiz you will have 30 minutes to complete it.
The quizzes will be given on every other Thursday, beginning on Jan. 28. In other words, the quizzes will be on Jan. 28, Feb. 11, Feb. 25, Mar. 11, Mar. 25, and Apr. 8. The quizzes will focus on the material covered since the previous quiz (usually, previous two class weeks). Your lowest quiz score will dropped, and your total quiz grade will be based on your top 5 quiz scores. Your quiz letter grade will count for 70% of your grade.
Tentative Quiz and Exam Grading Scale (second revision)
Links to copies of the quizzes (with answers) will be posted below. The answers are at the end of each quiz.
The final will be at the officially scheduled time and date: 5-7pm on Tuesday, April 20. It will be comprehensive. The final counts for 30% of your course grade.
The final will likely consist of approximately 30-35 multiple choice questions.
Calculating Your Final Grade
I average your letter grades for the quizzes and final using weights of 70% and 30%. To do this, I convert letter grades to numbers using a 12-point scale. Thus A+ = 12, A = 11, A-=10, etc., with F = 0. For example, if you got a B (=8) on the quizzes and an A (=11) on the final, your average is 0.7*8 + 0.3*11 = 8.9. This rounds to 9, which is a B+.
As of Fall 2016, the official FIU grading scale does not include A+, C-, D+, or D- as course grades. Those will be rounded down to obtain the official course grade.
Course Outline and Schedule
This course covers microeconomics: supply and demand, consumer choice, cost and production, competitive and non-competitive markets, and a short introduction to game theory.
Spring 2021 Detailed Outline
- Final version: Chapters 2-13.1
Tentative Course Schedule
The plan is to cover about a chapter every 2-3 class days. As we proceed through the course, the dates and list of chapters covered will be updated to show what we actually did. You will get more from the course if you start reading the chapters by the time we start them.
Quiz days are denoted by an asterisk (*).
|Jan. 12:||Chapter 1: Adventures in Microeconomics|
|Jan. 14, 19:||Chapter 2: Supply and Demand|
|Jan. 21, 26, 28*:||Chapter 3: Using Supply and Demand to Analyze Markets|
|Feb. 2, 4, 9:||Chapter 4: Consumer Behavior|
|Feb. 11*, 16:||Chapter 5: Individual and Market Demand|
|Feb. 18, 23, 25*:||Chapter 6: Producer Behavior|
|Mar. 2, 4:||Chapter 7: Costs|
|Mar. 9, 11*:||Chapter 8: Supply in a Competitive Market|
|Mar. 16, 18:||Chapter 9: Market Power and Monopoly|
|Mar. 23, 25*:||Chapter 10: Market Power and Pricing Strategies|
|Mar. 30, Apr. 1, 6:||Chapter 11: Imperfect Competition|
|Apr. 8*, 13, 15:||Chapter 12: Game Theory|
|Apr. 20:||Comprehensive Final Exam: 5-7pm|
Missed Quizzes and Exams
Since your grade is based on the top 5 quizzes, you are allowed to miss one quiz without penalty. If you miss a second quiz, you should contact me as soon as possible to arrange a makeup. Unless there are very special circumstances, missing three or more quizzes or the final will mean an automatic F in the course.
We strictly follow university policy on incompletes. This means that incompletes will only be considered when an emergency prevents you from attending the final exam.
While you may use a calculator on quizzes and exams, any other use of computers, notes, books, or advice from others during quizzes or exams is considered cheating and will be dealt with accordingly. See the university policy on Academic Misconduct, sec. 2.44 for more details.
- Jan. 11
- Classes begin
- Jan. 19
- Last day to drop with full refund
- Jan. 22
- Enrollment cancelled for uncovered unpaid fees.
- Jan. 31
- Last day to apply for Spring Graduation
- Feb. 5
- Last day to drop with 25% refund
- March 22
- Last day to drop with DR
- April 17
- Last day of regular classes
- April 19-24
- Finals Week
- April TBA
- Intermediate Micro Final
- April 28
- Last day for faculty to submit grades
- April 29
- All grades available online