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Spring 2014 Syllabus for ECON-D002.-61Z
ECON-D002.-61Z - Don Uy-Barreta
Principles of Microeconomics
Call Number: 00400
Term: Summer 2012
4 units
De Anza College Distance Learning Center • LC 107 • Phone: 408-864-8969 • FAX: 408-864-8245 • http://www.deanza.edu/distance/
Examines fundamental microeconomic issues; the allocation of resources and the pricing of output and factors of production; the distribution of wealth and income; consumer motivations and behavior; the nature and behavior of business firms and markets under various degrees of competition; current problems.
Instructor Information: Don Uy-Barreta
Hello, Thank you for your interest in taking the online economics course. I'm Don Uy-Barreta and I'll be your economics instructor. For nearly 12 years, I've worked for an investment firm located in San Mateo, California. While working full time, most recently as an analyst, I've also been teaching economics and finance related courses. I've been teaching for nearly 14 years. Both my bachelors and masters degree are in economics. I've taught at U.C. Berkeley Extension, U.C.Santa Cruz Extension, DeAnza College, Palo Alto University, and Notre Dame de Namur University. I hope to meet you one day on campus.

Email: uybarretadon@deanza.edu
Office Hours: You may reach me at my: uybarretadon@deanza.edu email address. Please give me 24-48 hours to reply. I check my email throughout the day Monday through Thursday. I do not check my email from Friday through Sunday (nor holidays). For an emergency, you may contact me at my cell phone number at (650) 302-8676. If I'm unable to answer the phone, please leave a message. Also, please allow 24-48 hours for a reply. I check my voicemail Monday through Thursday only also. I do not check my voicemails from Friday through Sunday (nor holidays).
(See general education pages for the requirement this course meets.) Advisory: English Writing 211 and Reading 211 (or Language Arts 211), or English as a Second Language 272 and 273.
Per the course catalog description: Examines fundamental microeconomic issues; the allocation of resources and the pricing of output and factors of production; the distribution of wealth and income; consumer motivations and behavior; the nature and behavior of business firms and markets under various degrees of competition; current problems.
Microeconomics, author: David Colander, 8th Edition, McGraw-Hill

ISBN# 0077247167
Exam Notes
The exams/homework will have an open window time frame. Students are allowed to take exams/homework during this time frame and needs to be completed by the deadline date. This ensures that students don't fall behind and are progressing with the rest of the class. An advantage of taking the online class is that it is more flexible and can accommodate many other student demands/responsibilities. The assignment deadlines are adhered to because grades/papers need to be graded as well and I must adhere to turning in the grades within a particular time frame as well.
Lecture notes are provided for each chapter that we will cover. The lecture notes are a summary/main points of the particular chapter that we will be covering.
Final Grade
The grades will be submitted to administration at the latest 3 business days after the Final Exam is taken. You can check with administration for your final grade.
Additional Information
All materials (homework, exams, etc.) will be done online. There will be no campus meetings. The student is responsible for dropping/withdrawing from the class at any time.

Alternate Exams
The grading scale below is governed by http://faculty.deanza.edu/academicsenate/stories/storyReader$725

* Note: California Education Code does not allow the reporting of a C- grade.

94-100 = A
90-93 = A
87-89 = B+
84-86 = B
80-83 = B-
75-79 = C +
70-74 = C
67-69 = D +
64-66 = D
60-63 = D
59 and below = F

Homework: 20%
Exam 1: 25%
Exam 2: 25%
Final Exam: 30%

Assignments Schedule
Week Chapter/Topic
1 Economics and Economic Reasoning
1 Production Possibility Model, Trade, and Globalization
2 Economic Institution
2 Supply and Demand
3 Using Supply and Demand
3 Exam 1 and Describing Supply and Demand: Elasticities
4 Taxation and Government Intervention
4 The Logic of Individual Choice: The Foundation of Supply and Demand
5 Game Theory, Strategic Decision Making, and Behavioral Economics
5 (Exam #2) Production and Cost Analysis I (I'm not assigning you to read Production and Cost Analysis II but it is in my class/lecture notes)
6 Perfect Competition
6 Final Exam
Policy on Copying and Cheating:Students who submit the work of others as their own or cheat on exams or other assignments will receive a failing grade in the course and will be reported to college authorities.
Catalyst Information
This course utilizes Catalyst, De Anza's Online Learning Community. Please view the Catalyst website at https://catalyst.deanza.edu/ to login. Please note that you will be unable to login until the first day of class. Be sure you are using your correct username and password - do not use your social security number or international "99" number. If you need help logging in or finding your student ID, please view the short instructional video at: https://catalyst.deanza.edu/?pg=mod1. Additional instructions and assistance can be found on the Catalyst website.
De Anza College Bookstore Contact Information
Phone: 408-864-8455
De Anza College Library Services are available for all students and faculty, both on and off campus. Please consult the library website for a complete description of the library services and hours:

De Anza College Library: http://www.deanza.edu/library/

Services of particular interest to off campus students include:
  • Access to the Library Catalog which includes books, DVDs, and course reserves. Here is a link to the library catalog:
    Library Catalog: http://library.deanza.edu/uhtbin/webcat
  • Article Databases and Research Databases The library subscribes to several electronic databases which provide access to thousands of full-text journals, newspapers, and magazine articles. Research databases include: LEXIS NEXIS Academic, Encyclopedia Britannica Online and a Practice Test Database which contains Nursing Exams, TOEFL Preparation, College Entrance Exams, and many more.
To use the article or research databases from an off campus computer, log in with your 14 digit library number or eight digit student id number. These instructions are repeated on the first page of the library website along with descriptions of all the online resources provided.

Distance Learning
Building: MLC 250
Email: distance@deanza.edu
Phone: 408.864.8969

Last Updated: 9/5/13