Preliminary syllabus, subject to change without notice.
The class meets Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00pm to 3:15pm in DM-110.
- Goolsbee, Levitt, and Syverson Microeconomics, 3rd ed. Worth Publishers, 2020.
If you have a copy of an earlier edition, you may use that instead.
Office Hours and Contact Info
If you have questions, you may ask immediately after class, or come to my office. Regular office hours are 12:45-1:45pm and 3:30-4:15pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I will be happy to make an appointment for another time if that is more convenient. My office is DM-311A, my phone number is 305-348-3287, and my email is <firstname.lastname@example.org> or <John.Boyd@fiu.edu>.
The TA is Estella Acheampong. She is available in the Economics Tutoring Center (VH-136) on Mondays from 9:30-10:30am and 1-3pm and on Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30am and 1-2pm. Her email is email@example.com.
Your grade will be based on biweekly quizzes and a final exam. There is no midterm.
Six short quizzes will be given during the last 30 minutes of class. They will be given on every other Thursday, beginning on Sept. 8. The quizzes will be over the material covered in the previous two class weeks.
The quiz dates are: Sept. 8, Sept. 22, Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Nov. 3, and Nov. 17. 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.
Your quiz letter grade is based on the your top 5 quiz grades only.
Scales for Final and Quizzes
The scale for the final is the same as last fall, when we also had a 33 point final.
This is the first and only update of the quiz grading scale. On average, it's changed by about three points from the original scale. This is supposed to account for the fact that your quiz grade is based on your top 5 quizzes. FYI, the average grade after all 6 quizzes is a B.
|Based on top 5 Quizzes|
Quizzes and Answers
Links to copies of the quizzes (with answers) will be posted below. The answers are at the end of each quiz.
- Quiz #1, with answers
- Quiz #2, with answers
- Quiz #3, with answers
- Quiz #4, with answers
- Quiz #5, with answers
- Quiz #6, with answers
Sample Quizzes and Final Questions
Here are some previous quizzes from the Fall and Spring semester of the 2020-2021 school year, as well as sample final questions from that year. The material covered differs slightly from what we did, so some questions might pertain to a different quiz this term.
- Quiz 1: Spring 2021, Fall 2020
- Quiz 2: Spring 2021, Fall 2020
- Quiz 3: Spring 2021, Fall 2020
- Quiz 4: Spring 2021, Fall 2020
- Quiz 5: Spring 2021, Fall 2020
- Quiz 6: Spring 2021, Fall 2020
- Additional Sample Final Exam Questions, with answers
The final will be given at the new officially scheduled time: 12 Noon on Thursday, December 8 in our regular classroom, DM-110. It will be comprehensive. The final counts for 30% of your grade.
The final will 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 .7*8 + .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.
New slides will be posted every Friday.
- Week 1: Aug. 23 and 25
- Week 2: Aug. 30 and Sept. 1
- Week 3: Sept. 6 and 8
- Week 4: Sept. 13 and 15
- Week 5: Sept. 20 and 22
- Week 6: Sept. 27 and 29
- Week 7: Oct. 4 and 6
- Week 8: Oct. 11 and 13
- Week 9: Oct. 18 and 20
- Week 10: Oct. 25 and 27
- Week 11: Nov. 1 and 3
- Week 12: Nov. 8 and 10
- Week 13: Nov. 15 and 17
- Week 14: Nov. 22.
- Week 15: Nov. 29 and Dec. 1
Course Outline and Schedule
This course covers microeconomics: supply and demand, consumer choice, cost and production, competitive and non-competitive markets, and basic game theory.
- Outline: Chapters 2-13.1 Updated April 23, 2022 (Spring term).
The plan is to cover about a chapter per week. 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. Unfortunately, this semester is shorter than last fall because of an extra holiday.
Quiz days are denoted by an asterisk (*).
|Aug. 23:||✓ Chapter 1: Adventures in Microeconomics|
|Aug. 23, 25, Aug. 30:||✓ Chapter 2: Supply and Demand|
|Sept. 1, 6, 8*:||✓ Chapter 3: Using Supply and Demand to Analyze Markets|
|Sept. 12, 14, 20:||✓ Chapter 4: Consumer Behavior|
|Sept. 22*, 27, 29:||✓ Chapter 5: Individual and Market Demand|
|Oct. 4, 6*, 11:||✓ Chapter 6: Producer Behavior|
|Oct. 13, 18, 20*:||✓ Chapter 7: Costs|
|Oct. 25, 27:||✓ Chapter 8: Supply in a Competitive Market|
|Nov. 1, 3*, 8:||✓ Chapter 9: Market Power and Monopoly|
|Nov. 8, 10:||✓ Chapter 10: Pricing Strategies|
|Nov. 10:||✓ Chapter 11: Imperfect Competition|
|Nov. 15||No Class. Illness|
|Nov. 17*:||✓ Chapter 11: Imperfect Competition|
|Nov. 22||✓ Chapter 12: Game Theory|
|Nov. 24||No Class! Thanksgiving Break|
|Nov. 29, Dec. 1||✓ Chapter 12: Game Theory|
|Dec. 8:||New Day Final Exam: 12 Noon in our regular classroom, DM-110|
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. 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 (scroll down to sec. 2.44) for more details.
- Aug. 22
- Classes begin
- Aug. 29
- Last day to drop with full refund
- Aug. 30
- Tuition Payment Due
- Sept. 5
- Labor Day Holiday (does not affect us)
- Sept. 11
- Last day to apply for Fall Graduation
- Oct. 31
- Last day to drop with DR or withdraw with WI
- Nov. 11
- Veteran's Day Holiday (does not affect us)
- Nov. 24-26
- Thanksgiving Break (no class)
- Dec. 3
- Last day of regular classes
- Dec. 5-10
- Finals Week
- Dec. 8
- New Day Intermediate Micro Final, at 12 noon in DM-110
- Dec. 16
- All grades available online