Intermediate Microeconomics

Course Details

Course Number: 3333  Section Number: 101

Fall 2010

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: 121

Days & Times:

8:00a - 9:20a

Course Attachments

Syllabus  syl-309103MWS-2010-Fall-ECON3333-20100825-135033.docx


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. James Owen   
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Course Objectives

The students will focus on economic decision alternatives available to economic entities in factor markets, production options, competitor expectations, and public policy issues.

Course Expectations

 Upon successful completion of this course, the student should:

1.  understand and be able to apply basic analytical tools for evaluation of economic
     opportunities and challenges that arise within business entities. 

2.  have an improved understanding of the relationship between a market economy, its
     economic entities and the role of government.  

3.  be able to apply economic principles and analyses in a real world business context.

Grading Standards


Grades will be based on student performance and achievement as measured by a series of homework assignments, unannounced quizzes, and examinations.  The relative value of each is:


Unannounced and scheduled quizzes:                                            10%

Average of homework/project assignments:                                   25%
Examination/Case Study grades:                                                     45%
Class participation:                                                                           10%
Assignment Presentation                                                                  10%


An optional comprehensive final exam will be given.  This exam will be the make-up exam for those individuals who, for one reason or another, miss one of the mid-term exams.  For all students who take the final exam, the achieved grade will replace the lowest mid-term exam score that is recorded.

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Students are expected to attend class and participate in discussions.  Students who are absent for three (3) consecutive class sessions may be dropped from the class with a “WF”.  Meaningful participation in discussions will require that assigned materials and projects be completed before the class in which they are considered.  Assignments are to be turned in at the beginning of class.  Assignments turned in late (after the first 5 minutes of the class period in which they are due) will be accepted for grading, provided they are submitted before solutions are posted.  Late assignments may be assessed a penalty equal to no more than 12% of the grade earned.  Make-up quizzes will not  be given, even if an absence is determined to be excused.  

Other Policies


Answers you provide in exams, homework assignments, and projects are expected to reflect logical reasoning, to be well articulated, including correct grammar and punctuation and to be clearly legible.   For problems, the expectation is that each axis, all lines and pertinent points on graphs will be labeled with all variables and other factors clearly identified.   This class will make extensive use of Blackboard/WebCT.  Each student is expected to master the use of this tool for communication and information regarding class assignments and activities.


There is no valid reason to have a cell phone or other communication device active during the class period.  Please deactivate these devices when you arrive for class. 
During examinations, cell phones and other communication devices are not permitted in the vicinity of the examination.  Any calculator you plan to use during an examination must be independent of communications devices. 


Students who wish to appeal a grade should consult the Midwestern State University undergraduate catalog, 2010-2012, pp. 75.


 Last day for fall term schedule changes:  August 25, 2010                    

Deadline to apply for graduation in December 2010: October 4, 2010

Deadline to apply for graduation in May 2011: October 15, 2010

 A copy of the Fall 2010 Academic Calendar is attached at the end of this syllabus.               


This syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change.  All changes will be announced in class and students will be responsible for incorporating the changes into the syllabus.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.