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ECON 394: Intermediate Microeconomics

Course Description

Intermediate Microeconomics builds upon the knowledge of the Introductory Microeconomics course. The course explores in depth the underpinnings of consumer choice and firm behavior. Specific topics include a study of the various tpes of market structures, pricing, externalities and public goods. The concepts of equity and efficiency are introduced. Microeconomic behavior is viewed through the perspective of behavioral economics and game theory.

Prerequisite: ECON 294; MATH 150 or MATH 170

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Pindyck, Robert S. and Daniel L. Rubinfeld. Microeconomics. 8th ed. Pearson, 2013.
    • ISBN-978-0-13-285712-3

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

Welcome to Intermediate Microeconomics Online!

Since you are here in this course, your interest in the study of economics is greater than the average student who is only taking economics because they have to. Let me introduce you to a quote by John Maynard Keynes, an influential British Economist about what an Economist truly is.

The master-economist must possess a rare combination of gifts. He must be mathematician, historian, statesman, philosopher–in some degree. He must understand symbols and speak in words. He must contemplate the particular in terms of the general, and touch abstract and concrete in the same flight of thought. He must study the present in the light of the past for the purposes of the future. No part of man’s nature or his institutions must lie entirely outside his regard. He must be purposeful and disinterested in a simultaneous mood; as aloof and incorruptible as an artist, yet sometimes as near the earth as a politician.

In other words, an Economist has to understand everything.

You were introduced to some of basic concepts in your introductory course in economics. We will expand on those in this course.

Economics thus attempts to answer some fundamental questions:

  • How do we decide what to produce with our limited resources?
  • How will those goods and services be produced?
  • How do we ensure stable prices and full employment of our resources?
  • How do we provide a rising standard of living both for ourselves and for future generations?

Economics is truly a study of human efforts and behavior to promote and conserve standards of living. This study involves an understanding of the production, exchange, distribution, and consumption of the goods and services that are possible given scarce resources and technology. The study of economics may be undertaken from a macro perspective of overall economic activity or a micro perspective of individual decision making in typical households, businesses, or governmental units. This course will focus extensively on the micro side.

Adam Smith, considered the Father of Modern Economic Thought, stated it best in his classic work, Wealth of Nations, discussing human behavior in the modern economy:

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our necessities but of their advantages.

He furthers this thought later in his book:

Every individual...generally, indeed, neither intends to promote the public interest, nor knows how much he is promoting it. By preferring the support of domestic to that of foreign industry he intends only his own security; and by directing that industry in such a manner as its produce may be of the greatest value, he intends only his own gain, and he is in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention.

This is a course in microeconomics. The objective of this course is to provide a better understanding of how the different participants in the economy, individuals, businesses, and governments, interact to answer the above fundamental questions. What are the key characteristics of product, resource, and financial markets? What are the connections between how product and resource markets are structured and rational economic behavior among individual buyers and sellers in product, labor, natural resource, financial, and international markets? What are the implications of this conduct for economic efficiency and economic equity? How do firms behave in strategic situations? What are the major public policy approaches for ameliorating inefficient and/or inequitable processes and outcomes in product and resource markets?

Our study of microeconomics will involve economic description, theory, and policy analyses, which address these important and fundamental questions. Think of it as a study of market processes and outcomes . . . what they mean, how they happen, and what we can and cannot do about them!  Our journey will make extensive use of definitions and marginal analysis based on rational behavior, the idea of resulting "equilibrium" in these markets, and assessment of equilibrium market outcomes involving efficiency and equity.  Our investigation will necessitate the use of mathematical concepts to better understand how these forces work together. Our interaction will be based on weekly readings from the text supplemented by online learning resources and webquests reported and discussed via email and conferencing. It is a journey that requires a thorough understanding of market forces and human behavior.


Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the concept of rational consumer behavior and the concept of bounded rationality; explain the concept of asymmetric information and its effect on consumer behavior and market outcomes.
  2. Analyze the various ways to measure costs and describe the different approaches to pricing used by firms.
  3. Explain the various theory of market structure including: perfect competition, monopoly, monopolistic competition and oligopoly.
  4. Explain the concepts of externalities and public goods and the various types of taxes; explain the incidence of various types of taxes.
  5. Explain the origin of Game Theory and describe how it is used to describe behavior of individuals and firms in economics.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (14) 210 21%
Dropbox Assignments (8) 160 16%
Income Inequality Paper 180 18%
Quizzes (2) 50 5%
Examinations (2) 400 40%
Total 1000 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Introductions Wednesday
Discussion 1A/Follow-up Posts 15 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 1B/Follow-up Posts 15 Friday/Sunday
Dropbox 1 20 Sunday
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2A/Follow-up Posts 15 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 2B/Follow-up Posts 15 Friday/Sunday
Dropbox 2 20 Sunday
Quiz 1 25
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3A/Follow-up Posts 15 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 3B/Follow-up Posts 15 Friday/Sunday
Dropbox 3 20 Sunday
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4A/Follow-up Posts 15 Wednesday/Sunday
Dropbox 4 20 Sunday
Midterm Exam 200
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5A/Follow-up Posts 15 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 5B/Follow-up Posts 15 Friday/Sunday
Dropbox 5 20 Sunday
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6A/Follow-up Posts 15 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 6B/Follow-up Posts 15 Friday/Sunday
Dropbox 6 20 Sunday
Quiz 2 25
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7A/Follow-up Posts 15 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 7B/Follow-up Posts 15 Friday/Sunday
Dropbox 7 20 Sunday
Income Inequality Paper 180
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8A/Follow-up Posts 15 Wednesday/Saturday
Dropbox 8 20 Saturday
Final Examination 200
Total Points 1000

Assignment Overview

Readings

Readings should be completed prior to submitting assignments or taking quizzes for the week.

Discussions

Discussion postings should be completed after the readings and before the dropbox assignment and prior to quizzes or exams during a given week. Read the "Welcome and Instructions" posted in the Content areas for each of the weekly discussions for detailed guidance. The topics each week will vary and come from a variety of sources. Failure to read this lead posting is the single most common reason for lower grades. Each Discussion assignment is worth 15 points. Please note that each week, there are two discussion assignments except for weeks 4 and 8, when there is only one discussion assignment. All initial posts for discussion A should be entered by Wednesdays at 11:59 pm CT. All initial posts for discussion B should be entered by Friday at 11:59 pm CT. All follow-up posts to the discussion assignments and answers to questions the instructor has posted are due by each Sunday at 11:59 pm CT (with the exception of the last week which is due Saturday night of Week 8.) Points will be calculated based on the quality of the initial post for each discussion assignment, how well they relate to the topics at hand, completeness and level of interaction with fellow students. Points for the follow-ups will be based on quality of the response to the initial posts. Points are not given for mere chat. Also, the minimum requirement is one follow-up post, but please remember that meeting the minimum requirement does not necessarily mean maximum points.


Dropbox Assignments

Weekly Dropbox Assignments are due Sunday night by 11:59 pm CT (with the exception of the last week which is due Saturday night of Week 8). Dropbox Assignments are drawn from the Exercises from the end of the chapters in your text and involve applications of theory and mathematics to economic decisions. These Exercises should be completed after the readings and the discussion posting. They are to be placed in the online "dropbox" for the course. Each dropbox assignment is worth 20 points. Detailed instructions appear in the "Course Content" section of the course week by week.

Quizzes

Quizzes in this course are taken online, are open book, and are taken without proctors. Quizzes will be open on the Mondays of Weeks Two and Six and will close on the following Sunday of each of these weeks at 11:59 pm C.T. Although a "timer" is evident, there is no time limit and the quiz may be accessed multiple times. Only one final submission is allowed, however. Upon this one allowed submission, the results will be automatically scored and immediately available for viewing. Detailed results of submissions, including correct and incorrect answers, will be made available for viewing only after the deadline for submissions has passed. Instructions for quizzes are given during the week in which they occur. Students are encouraged to use the text (pay attention to "key graphs") and the online learning center accompanying the text, as resources when taking the quizzes. See the Plagiarism section below, which addresses academic honesty.

Income Inequality Paper

A paper 8 – 10 pages in length is due by Sunday night at 11:59 pm CT during week 7. The topic of the paper will be a study of income inequality. Each student will be allowed to determine the exact nature of their examination of income inequality. This nature of the study can be a historic analysis, an analysis of present day inequality, inequality in the US, or another country, or global inequality. This examination will also look into the causes of inequality and contain a section on possible solutions and/or expected results if current trends continue. Or, the student may argue that income inequality is not an issue and provide a rationale for its continued growth. Each student will email the instructor to determine the analysis that bests suits them. A couple of books are recommended to you in the Content area to get you started on your research.

Exams

The purpose of examinations is to help facilitate the learning of microeconomic concepts and particularly the application thereof, as well as to assess student progress toward the goals and objectives of the course. The Midterm and Comprehensive Final exams are similarly open book and taken online, without proctors and under the assumption that the student has read this syllabus in general, and the section on Academic Honesty in particular. They consist of 100 multiple-choice questions. Each exam is worth 200 points. Instructions for the exams are given during the week in which they occur. Submitted exams will be acknowledged; the score posted, and returned only following the deadline for submissions.


Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Introduction and Supply and Demand
Focus
Creating a community of economic scholars; defining Microeconomics & method; supply and demand; elasticities.
Readings, Webquests, and Applications
  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
Introductions
Introduce yourself. Please tell us who you are and any background about you that you may think we might find interesting.
Discussion 1A/Follow-up Posts
For Discussion 1A, please respond to the question that I have posted in Discussion Area for Week 1 regarding a real-world activity or current event.
Discussion 1B/Follow-up Posts
For Discussion 1B, look at Exercise 1 from Chapter 1 of the text on page 19. Pick either (a), (b), or (c) and explain your answer.
Dropbox 1
Please do Exercises (1), (2), and (11) from Chapter 2 of textbook, starting on page 62. If you need help, do not forget to look in the Content section of the course for the appropriate incubator to help get you started. Submit your answers to these questions, and the supporting spreadsheet, in the Week 1 dropbox.
Week 2: Consumer Behavior and Individual Demand
Focus
Developing theoretical understanding of the major theoretical determinants of consumer behavior and demand. Understanding how consumers make decisions based on preferences and budget constraints. Learn to develop individuals demand curves. Understand why certain goods have different demand characteristics. Understand the effect of changing prices have on demand.
Readings, Webquests, and Applications
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
Discussion 2A/Follow-up Posts
Where do you want to eat? I don’t care, any place sounds good to me. Have you ever had that conversation with someone when trying to determine what to do for lunch? When this occurs, you are saying that you are indifferent to the various choices you have. This week for Discussion 2A, please provide a personal example of your decision making process when choosing a restaurant to eat lunch or dinner, or if you choose to stay home instead. Explain the various ideas that you weigh when making those decisions and why those are important to you. Then associate your thought process with the concepts of indifference curves, utility, and budget constraint.
Discussion 2B/Follow-up Posts
for Discussion 2B, please respond to the question that I have posted in Discussion Area for Week 2 regarding a real-world activity or current event.
Dropbox 2
From Chapter 3, please do question (1) from the Questions for Review on page 106 and question (10) from the Exercises section on page 108. From Chapter 4, please do questions (5), (6), and (7) from the Questions for Review on page 144 and question (12) from the Exercises section on page 146. Submit your answers to these questions, and the supporting spreadsheet, in the Week 2 dropbox.
Quiz 1
ECON 394 Quiz 1, which covers Chapters 1-4 is available through the Quizzes area of D2L. All quizzes open at 12:01 a.m. Monday and close at 11:59 p.m. Sunday. The quiz is open book and does not require a proctor. There is no time limit and you may access the quiz several times, but are allowed only one submission.
Week 3: Production and the Theory of the Firm
Focus
Understanding the concept of the Theory of the Firm. How does the firm minimize costs? Learn the difference between accounting and economic profit. Learn the difference between the short-run and the long-run. Learn how to develop basic cost functions and how to interpret cost curves. Develop an understanding of both economies of scale and economies of scope. Understand the concept of monopsony and the market for inputs.
Readings, Webquests, and Applications
  • Chapter 6
  • Chapter 7
  • Chapter 14
Discussion 3A/Follow-up Posts
First for Discussion 3A, please respond to the question that I have posted in Discussion Area for Week 3 regarding a real-world activity or current event.
Discussion 3B/Follow-up Posts
Second for Discussion 3B, choose one of the Questions for Review from either Chapter 6, starting on page 226, Chapter 7, starting on page 270, or Chapter 14, starting on page 556. Do not pick a question that has already been picked by another student. Second, pick any one of the examples in the beige boxes in any one of the chapters and expand on it the concept that is being discussed.
Dropbox 3
Submit answers to questions (2), (3), and (8) from the Exercises in Chapter 6, starting on page 227 and questions (1) and (2) from the Exercises in Chapter 7 on page 271. Submit your answers to these questions, and the supporting spreadsheet, in the Week 3 dropbox.
Week 4: Analysis of Competitive Markets and Profit Maximization
Focus
Identification of the characteristics of the Perfectly Competitive market. Understand the basic rule to determine the profit maximization output level of the firm. Learn how to determine the supply curve of the competitive firm. Learn long-term impacts on whether firms enter or leave the market. Discuss the concepts of consumer and producer surplus. Understand how to apply these concepts to real-world situations.
Readings, Webquests, and Applications
  • Chapter 8
  • Chapter 9
Discussion 4A/Follow-up Posts
For Discussion 4A, choose one of Questions for Review from Chapter 8 starting on page 314 or Chapter 9 starting on page 352 from the text and post your answer in the discussion area. Second, pick an industry that you are aware of and tell us if you believe it is perfectly competitive and why. In your answer, please tell us the characteristics of the perfectly competitive firm and whether or not your chosen industry matches those characteristics.
Dropbox 4
Please answer the following questions from the Exercises from Chapter 8 of the text starting on page 315, (1), (2), and (3) and the following questions from the Exercises from Chapter 9 of the text starting on page 352, (2), (10), and (13). Submit your answers to these questions, and the supporting spreadsheet, in the Week 4 dropbox.
Midterm Exam
You are asked to take an online midterm over the first four weeks of the course (Chapters 1-4, 6-9, and 14). The ECON 394 Midterm Examination is available in the Quizzes area. This exam is open book, does not have a proctor, and will remain open only during the indicated time interval. Answers are recorded by clicking on the one best selection of the multiple choices. You may complete individual questions, log out, and return to edit or change prior answers or to complete the quiz before the quiz deadline. If you print the quiz out and return to select answers, be careful to read all the choices again as these choices randomize on different logins for some questions. You are responsible for your own answers and allowed only one final submission. You will be able to see your score immediately upon submission, but not the correct answers until the deadline for submissions has passed. You will be able to return to the exam and compare your answers with the correct answers by clicking on the exam, then "Submissions," and then "Attempt 1" following the submission deadline.
Week 5: Market Power, Monopsony, and Pricing with Market Power
Focus
Understanding the concept of market power and how it impacts business decisions. Learning how market power affects price and pricing decisions. See how the forces of market power develop in industries. Understand monopolies and monopsony markets. Understand government’s role in trying to control market power.
Readings, Webquests, and Applications
  • Chapter 10
  • Chapter 11
Discussion 5A/Follow-up Posts
For Discussion 5A, pick an industry that is monopolistic or has a firm that is exhibiting the use of market power. Please do not pick an industry that a fellow student has already chosen. Describe that firm’s pricing strategy, how the firm was able to acquire its market power and what if any role government has played in controlling the firm or industry. This can be a firm or an industry that is currently operating or was operating years ago.
Discussion 5B/Follow-up Posts
For Discussion 5B, please respond to the question that I have posted in Discussion Area for Week 5 regarding a real-world activity or current event.
Dropbox 5
Please answer the following questions from the Exercises from Chapter 10 of the text starting on page 396, (4), (5), and (10) and the following questions from the Exercises from Chapter 11 of the text starting on page 435, (3), (7), and (13). Submit your answers to these questions, and the supporting spreadsheet, in the Week 5 dropbox.
Week 6: Monopolistic Competition, Oligopoly, and Game Theory
Focus
Understand the last two market structures, monopolistic competition and oligopoly. Learn that these are the two most prevalent structures in the US economy. Understand the basic concepts of game theory. See how strategy plays an important role in business decisions.
Readings, Webquests, and Applications
  • Chapter 12
  • Chapter 13
Discussion 6A/Follow-up Posts
For Discussion 6A, Pick an industry and tell us if it is monopolistically competitive or if it is an oligopoly. Provide a listing of the various firms in each industry. If the industry is an oligopoly, please describe which type of oligopoly it is and whether or not it is competitive or non-competitive market. Please do not choose an industry that a fellow student has already chosen.
Discussion 6B/Follow-up Posts
For Discussion 6B, please respond to the question that I have posted in Discussion Area for Week 6.
Dropbox 6
Please answer the following questions from the Questions for Review from Chapter 12 of the text starting on page 482, (1), (2), and (7) and the following questions from the Exercises from Chapter 13 of the text starting on page 525, (3), (4), and (7). Submit your answers to these questions, and the supporting spreadsheet, in the Week 6 dropbox.
Quiz 2
ECON 394 Quiz 2, which covers Chapters 10 – 13 and is available through the Quizzes area of D2L. All quizzes open at 12:01 a.m. Monday and close at 11:59 p.m. Sunday. The quiz is open book and does not require a proctor. There is no time limit and you may access the quiz several times, but are allowed only one submission.
Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Market Failures
Focus
Understand that markets fail. Understand what is needed for a market to operate efficiently. Learn the basics of trade through the concept of comparative advantage. Learn the different types of market failures. Study markets with asymmetric information. Learn about externalities. Learn about the difference between private and public goods. Learn how government plays a role in correcting market failures.
Readings, Webquests, and Applications
  • Chapter 16
  • Chapter 17
  • Chapter 18
Discussion 7A/Follow-up Posts
This week for Discussion 7A, find a situation in the economy where markets fail. Describe the failure, i.e. is it an externality, asymmetric information, etc., and describe how the failure was solved. Did the government impose a tax, did the service become a public good, etc., or did the parties use the Coase Theorem to solve the problem? Please do not use an example a fellow student as already chosen and please be creative.
Discussion 7B/Follow-up Posts
For Discussion 7B, please respond to the question that I have posted in Discussion Area for Week 7 regarding a real-world activity or current event.
Dropbox 7
Please answer the following questions from the Questions for Review from Chapter 16 of the text starting on page 628, (10) and (13), the following questions from the Questions for Review from Chapter 17 of the text starting on page 657, (3) and (8), and the following questions from the Questions for Review from Chapter 18 of the text starting on page 696, (7) and (10). Submit your answers to these questions, and the supporting spreadsheet, in the Week 7 dropbox.
Income Inequality Paper
A paper 8–10 pages in length is due by Sunday night at 11:59 pm CT. The topic of the paper will be a study of income inequality. Each student will be allowed to determine the exact nature of their examination of income inequality. This nature of the study can be a historic analysis, an analysis of present day inequality, inequality in the US, or another country, or global inequality. Each student will email the instructor to determine the analysis that bests suits them. A couple of books are recommended to you in the Content area of the course to get you started on your research.
Week 8: Uncertainty and Risk
Focus
Understand the difference between being a risk taker and risk averse. How to try to eliminate risk. How to quantify risk. Learn how to calculate current value of future cash flows.
Readings, Webquests, and Applications
  • Chapter 5
  • Chapter 15
Discussion 8A/Follow-up Posts
Choose one of the Questions for Review from either Chapter 5 of the text starting on page 197 or Chapter 15 of the text starting on page 591.
Dropbox 8
Please answer the following questions from the Exercises from Chapter 5 of the text starting on page 198, (1) and (8) and the following questions from the Exercises from Chapter 15 of the text starting on page 591, (3) and (4). Submit your answers to these questions, and the supporting spreadsheet, in the Week 8 dropbox.
Final Examination
You are asked to take an online Final Examination by 11:59 pm Saturday (Chapters 5, 10 – 13, and 15 – 18). The ECON 394 Final Examination, with additional instructions, is available in the Quizzes area. This exam is open book, does not have a proctor, and will remain open only during the indicated time interval. Answers are recorded by clicking on the one best selection of the multiple choices. You may access to complete individual questions, log out, and return to edit or change prior answers or to complete the exam before the deadline. If you print the exam and return to select answers, be careful to read all the choices again as these choices randomize on different logins for some questions. You are responsible for your own answers and allowed only one final submission. You will be able to see your score immediately upon submission, but not the correct answers until the deadline for submissions has passed. You will be able to return to the exam and compare your answers with the correct answers by clicking on the exam, then "Submissions," and then "Attempt 1" following the submission deadline.


Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

No late assignments will be accepted without penalty assessment as stated in this syllabus without extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student. The instructor must be notified prior to the due date of the assignment. Late submissions of Dropbox Assignments are allowed only with prior approval. Make-up Quizzes and Exams are allowed only for excused absences. This means that any excuse must be requested no later than two days prior to the final submission. Furthermore, no work will be accepted after the official last day of class, this includes the final exam.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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