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Summer 2016 Syllabus for ECON-D002.-64Z
ECON-D002.-64Z - Ann Burns
Principles of Microeconomics
Call Number: 40526
Term: Spring 2014
4 units
De Anza College Online Education Center • LC 107 • Phone: 408-864-8969 • FAX: 408-864-8245 •
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.
Math 212
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 teaching at Skyline College in San Bruno 20 years ago, I worked for Bank of America. When I left BofA my job title was Vice President and Group Product Manager. I was in charge of designing, building, and installing 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 wanted to share with others what I understood about complex problem solving. Education: BA from U.C.L.A., 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
and studying
course materials.

  • Apply for admission
    to De Anza College and register for this class, if you
    have not
    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, April 8.

  • If you are on the waitlist you must send me an email
    message requesting an add code, between 2 and 3 pm on
    Tuesday, April 8. 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,
    April 8. If spaces are available, students will be
    add code and must then complete the Online Orientation by
    12:00 PM (noon) on Friday, April 11. My email address is
    found above.

  • 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 two days after you register
    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
    responsible for

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,"
Third Edition,
2013, Worth Publishers. All students will be required to purchase the
online text and access
to Aplia.)
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
do this.)
3. Study Guide for "Microeconomics," by Cunningham and
Sawyer-Kelley, 3rd
ed., Worth Publishers. (Optional)

Media 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.

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
De Anza
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
ID is
10011223 and whose birthdate is January 13, 1980, would log
in as:

Username: 10011223
Password: 01131980

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.
Written Assignments
The primary course content comes from the readings. You must
keep current
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
exceptional circumstances.

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
course homepage.
Extra Credit
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.

Exam Review
Online Chats
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, April 27; 7:00-8:00 PM.
Chat #2: Sunday, May 25; 7:00-8:00 PM.
Chat #3: Sunday, June 22; 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.
Exam topics
will also be published several days before the exams are
Exam Notes
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, May 1, before
Online Exam #2: Due by Thursday, May 29, before
Online Exam #3: Due by Thursday, June 26, before

Exam Scores: Exam scores will be available about one week
after the
scheduled exam. All exams will be evaluated on a class
Students can review their exams online.

Final Grade
You may access your final grades through DeAnza's Portal at
Additional Information
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
Alternate Exams
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 Current Grades on the News Forum.
Assignments Schedule
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.
Catalyst Information
This course utilizes Catalyst, De Anza's Online Learning Community. Please view the Catalyst website at 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: Additional instructions and assistance can be found on the Catalyst website.
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Phone: 408-864-8455
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Online Education
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Phone: 408.864.8969
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Last Updated: 1/27/16