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: Ann Burns
I have been teaching economics online at DeAnza for more than 20 years and
really enjoy using
Catalyst to deliver both Econ 1 and 2. Before returning to full-time
at Skyline College in San
Bruno 20 years ago, I worked for Bank of America. When I left BofA my job
was Vice President and
Group Product Manager. I was in charge of designing, building, and
large scale computer
systems for BofA's World Banking Division. I left the bank to return to
teaching because after awhile
helping BofA make bigger profits did not bring enough satisfaction and I
to share with others
what I understood about complex problem solving. Education: BA from
1965; MBA from U.C. Berkeley, 1990; MA in Economics from SFSU, 1999
Phone: (408) 864-8999 X3673
Office Location: DLC
Office Hours: By appointment.
Be prepared to spend between 9 and 12 hours per week using
- Apply for admission
to De Anza College and register for this class, if you
already done so. Completing this
DOES NOT enroll you in the course.
- All registered and wait-listed students must complete
the Online Orientation and submit the Student Information
Form by noon on Tuesday, September 24.
- If you are on the waitlist you must send me an email
message requesting an add code, between 2 and 3 pm on
Tuesday, September 24. I will then add waitlisted students
the order that corresponds to their place on the waitlist
until the class is full. My email address is found above.
- Other students who wish to add the class must send me an
email message requesting an add code after 3 pm on Tuesday,
September 24. If spaces are available, students will be
add code and must then complete the Online Orientation by
12:00 PM (noon) on Friday, September 27. My email address is
- Obtain the required course materials.
- This course is offered in Catalyst. Go to
Bookmark this page, then follow the
instructions found later in the orientation for logging into
the couse. NOTE: You will not be able to
login to Catalyst until the first day of the quarter. For
late adds, it will take up to one day after you register for
your account to be created.
- Read the online Introduction and Syllabus, and start
your week's reading and assignments.
- Register and log on to Aplia. Read the online textbook
- Log on to Aplia and complete any exercises that are
assigned for the
current week. (Required.)
- (The Study Guide exercises are highly recommended but
- Pass three online exams. (Required.)
- Students who do not log onto the course during the first
week of class
will be dropped.
- Students who decide to drop the class at any point must
handle the drop
procedure with the college themselves. The teacher is not
Students who complete the course will be able to:
1. evaluate whether market efficiency exists, using the
model of demand and supply.
2. demonstrate knowledge about how markets work and what
happens in the presence of market imperfections.
3. apply the tools of economic analysis to understand human
interaction and social isssues, ranging from business
strategic decision making to the economics of global
4. Develop a critical way of thinking in order to make
optimal decisions in everyday life, using marginal benefit
and cost concepts.
1. Online version of Krugman and Wells, "Microeconomics,"
2013, Worth Publishers. (Note: There will be a limited
number of books
available at DeAnza's bookstore for students who prefer a
However, all students will be required to purchase the
online text and access
2. Register and pay for access to Aplia. The Aplia fee
covers the online
textbook by Krugman and Wells, and access to Aplia exercises
(There is a link
on the homepage that gives detailed instructions on how to
3. Study Guide for "Microeconomics," by Cunningham and
ed., Worth Publishers. (Highly recommended.)
COMPUTER COMPONENTS AND AVAILABILITY
Communication: The course has its own email facility and you
will use it to
communicate with the instructor and other students. It is
accessed via the
Course Homepage: You can access the course homepage at
When the user name password dialog boxes appears on the
screen, type in
your user name and password. Your user name is your 8-digit
College student ID, NOT your 9-digit social security number.
If you are a
returning Catalyst user, your password is the same one you
used last quarter.
If you are a new Catalyst user, your password is your 8-
digit birthdate using
the format MMDDYYYY.
For example, Maria Valdez, a new Catalyst user whose student
10011223 and whose birthdate is January 13, 1980, would log
If you are not on the official class list, you must contact
the instructor to be
added to the course system. This process takes 24 hours so
you must be in
touch with the instructor at her regular email address ASAP.
The primary course content comes from the readings. You must
with all reading assignments as they will be the basis for
all other work and
Work on the lessons in the following order:
1. Read the assigned online textbook sections.
2. Read the study guide lesson (optional).
3. Complete the exercises on Aplia for the current week.
COMPLETED ASSIGNMENTS: Late work is not accepted except
Aplia: Students will have access this quarter to a special
website called Aplia
that will be used for delivering both the textbook and
graded exercises on
the material covered each week. There are detailed
instructions on how to
access and register for these special exercises on the
Extra Credit: In addition to the Aplia Exercises, the course
includes a number
of extra-credit opportunities which generally require a
little more reading and
analysis. These are strictly optional but can be used to
improve your final
grade in the class. (Earning 30 or more extra credit points
can make a half-
grade difference in your final grade.) Extra credit
opportunities will be
announced on the News Forum and can be turned in any order,
at any time.
There will be 3 chatroom sessions scheduled before each of
the 3 online
exams. The best way to prepare for these is to make a list
of the questions
you have for each major section of the class.
Chat #1: Sunday, October 13; 7:00-8:00 PM.
Chat #2: Sunday, November 10; 7:00-8:00 PM.
Chat #3: Sunday, December 8; 7:00-8:00 PM.
Students who are unable to participate in the chats should
focus their study
for the exams by reviewing the online text, Aplia
exercises, Powerpoint slides, and Quick Practice Questions.
will also be published several days before the exams are
TESTING, GRADING AND SCHEDULED EXAMS:
Scheduled Exams 1 and 2 will consist of multiple-choice and
questions. Exam 3 will be all short-essay questions.
Online Exam #1: Due by Thursday, October 17, before
Online Exam #2: Due by Thursday, November 14, before
Online Exam #3: Due by Thursday, December 12, before
Exam Scores: Exam scores will be available about one week
scheduled exam. All exams will be evaluated on a class
Students can review their exams online.
You may access your final grades through DeAnza's Portal at
Note to students with disabilities: If you have a
disability-related need for reasonable academic
accommodations or services in this course, provide Ann Burns
with a Test Accommodation Verification Form (also known as a
TAV form) from Disability Support Services (DSS) or the
Educational Diagnostic Center (EDC). Students are expected
to give five days notice of the need for accommodations.
Students with disabilities can obtain a TAV form from their
DSS counselor (864-8753 DSS main number) or EDC advisor
(864-8839 EDC main number).
Testing / Grading
FINAL GRADES: Final Grades are calculated based on the
Online Exams: 60%
Aplia Exercises: 30%
Class Participation: 10%
I do not use the grading system on Catalyst. However, there
are instructions on how to estimate your current grade in a
message called Grades on the News Forum.
A list of all assignments and due dates can be found on the
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.
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
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:
- 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.