ECON 25100: Microeconomics


GRADING POLICY: Regular participation, completing reading and homework assignments, quizzes, and exams on CONNECT are the basic requirements to meet learning objectives.  The student’s overall percentage score is based upon the following weights:

Quizzes: 150 points
Exam 1: 100 points
Exam 2: 100 points
Comprehensive Final: 150 points

Extra credit up to 25 points is possible to adjust grade only if a student has completed all homework and reading assignments, including practice review questions with 100% score. You have multiple attempts with unlimited time.  You are NOT ELIGIBLE for this EXTRA CREDIT even if you miss a single assignment or fail to submit an assignment with 100% score. NO EXCEPTIONS.  No other forms of extra credit will be available.

Grading Criteria: Plus minus grading system will be used for the course based on your overall points and any adjustment for perfect attendance or excess absences:

A+: 485 – 500;
B+: 435 – 449; B-: 400 – 414
C+: 385 – 399; C-: 350 – 364
D+: 335 – 349; D-: 300 – 314
F: Below 300



There will be reading and homework assignments every week on the assigned chapters in CONNECT.  Reading assignments include completing the practice review questions for each chapter.  Homework assignments include questions in various formats, such as, multiple choice, true-false, essay, graphing, worksheets, problems, discussion and essay questions.  Please check the “Course Schedule” section of this syllabus for chapter assignment.  It is your responsibility to check the due dates for all the assignments on CONNECT.  You are strongly encouraged to submit the assignments before the due dates.  Please DO NOT wait till the last moment to submit these assignments.  This way, you will have a chance to submit at a later time but before the due date and time if there are any online connection problems.  Reading & Homework assignments are due by Friday midnight.  You are strongly encouraged to submit all reading and homework assignments with 100% score for extra credit.  The purpose of these reading and homework assignments is to solidify your understanding of the lecture materials and prepare you for the quizzes and exams.


There will be quizzes every week on the assigned chapters.  Questions will be in various formats, such as, multiple choice, true-false, essay, graphing, worksheets, problems, discussion and essay questions. Quizzes are due by Sunday midnight before the new chapters are assigned on the following week.  


There will be THREE EXAMS in CONNECT.  Exams will also be in similar format.  The tentative exam dates are:

EXAM 1: Due by October 15 (Sunday midnight), Chapters 1 to 7 
EXAM 2: Due by November 5 (Sunday midnight), Chapters 9 to 13 
COMPREHENSIVE FINAL EXAM: Due by December 11 (Monday midnight), All Chapters 

Any changes in the exam dates will be communicated to you online at least a week in advance.  It is the student’s responsibility to note any changes in the due dates announced online.

MAKE-UP POLICY:  There are NO MAKE-UPS available under any circumstances.

A FINAL NOTE:  It is not difficult to do well in this course.  If you are to do well in this class, you must read the assigned chapters thoroughly, review the lecture notes with regularity throughout the semester, and timely submit all your assignments.  Please do not be deceived.  If you think that you will not be able to spend adequate time for this class, you are better off taking it later.

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WeekDateTopicChapter Reading
18/21 – 8/27Introduction to basic principles of economics Limits, Alternatives, & Opportunity Costs1
28/28 – 9/3Market System2
39/4 – 9/10Demand & Supply3
49/11 – 9/17Demand & Supply (Continued)3
59/18 – 9/24Market Failure4
69/25 – 10/1Role of Government5
710/2 – 10/8Elasticity6
810/9 – 10/15


Consumer Behavior

EXAM 1 due by Sunday midnight



910/16 – 10/22Production and Cost Behavior of Firms9
1010/23 – 10/29Firms in Perfectly Competitive Markets10,11
1110/30 – 11/5


Monopoly Monopolistic Competition & Oligopoly

EXAM 2 due by Sunday midnight   

12, 13


1211/6 – 11/12Natural & Environmental Resources


1311/13 – 11/19Public Finance: Expenditures & Taxes


1411/20 – 11/26Microeconomic Issues & Policies: Income Inequality23
1511/27 – 12/3Microeconomic Issues/Policies: Health24
1612/4 – 12/10Microeconomic Issues/Policies: Immigration25
1712/11COMPREHENSIVE FINAL EXAM (All CHAPTER) Due by Monday midnight