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Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy
Penn State University

Getting Started

With the semester fast approaching, I wanted to bring your attention to a few things before we officially get underway. I wanted to provide some early information so that you are aware of the course expectations and can switch classes if you aren’t able to complete the requirements this semester.

I will start teaching from our coursepack on Day 1, so please make sure you stop by the bookstore or print the first lesson that will be available in Canvas. Most of the syllabus-related material will be left for you to read on your own.

Econ 102 Course Site

  1. I'll only highlight the most important parts of the syllabus on the first day because I prefer to jump right into the course to let you know what to expect. The bookstore sells a copy of redacted slides to help you follow along with the material. If you want some good markets to help keep the color coding consistent, you should consider these

  2. Our class is currently considered a remote course, not an online course. For you, this means that you are expected to attend the online Zoom sessions during the scheduled class time. While you aren't required to physically be on campus, you are required to be on Zoom during the scheduled class time. A portion of your grade will be based on your interactions in Zoom during the scheduled time.

  3. I recommend signing up for the Morning Brew, which will deliver a digest of important news topics to your inbox each morning. We may talk about some items in class, they may appear on exams as bonus questions, or you may be able to use them in your Packback posts.

  4. Part of this course involves a subscription to Packback. I recommend purchasing this directly from the link in Canvas since it'll be cheaper than the bookstore's access code. Also, if you're using Packback in other courses, they'll give you a discount on our class. Please don't sign up for Packback until our course officially opens so that you can make sure you get added to the correct section.

  5. You will also be asked to purchase access to MyEconLab. Again, the bookstore sells an access code, but you can get access cheaper by buying it directly from the website. When you purchase MyEconLab, it will come with an ebook. If you prefer a physical book, you can always order a used copy online. When our Canvas course opens, there are specific instructions for registering for our section of the course.

  6. I will post an announcement each week in Canvas to highlight important information for that week ahead. I will also email you directly about various topics as the semester progresses. If you don’t want to use your PSU email address, please make sure to set up email forwarding so that you get all emails and announcements from me. I recommend updating your Canvas preferences to get daily digests rather than individual emails each time something changes in your courses. You'll receive a notification email when our course officially opens, about a week before classes begin.

  7. I have very high expectations for all of my courses, which is good to know before we begin the course. This course will be VERY different from other sections and will feature a reading/discussion component. Each 102 section at Penn State is a little different. We all cover the same material, but we go about it in different ways.  My main responsibility is to push you to be the best individual you can be. I ask that you commit at least 7-8  hours of work outside of class each week. If you don’t think you can commit to that for the upcoming semester, please consider taking this course another semester or taking a different section

  8. There are a variety of ways to get the required material for the course. I have placed copies of the books on reserve at the library if you'd prefer that method. Owning the books are not a requirement, but you are required to have regular access to the material.  I highly recommend that you have access to the following items:

  9. I have created a course pack for the course that costs about $30. I will use this EVERY DAY and it will help you stay organized throughout the semester. I strongly recommend purchasing this before the first day of class. You can wait a few days to decide how you want to get the other materials. You aren't required to purchase this, but it will make taking notes significantly easier.

  10. We will use Canvas for our course site and all information/assignments will be posted there. I will add material throughout the semester if needed. This website is just to give you an early look at the semester ahead.

  11. I occasionally tweet economics stuff that can be beneficial to you. You can follow me on Twitter (please don't feel obligated). I've also created a Facebook group for our class so that you can meet others in the class and ask any questions you have before the semester starts.


I am looking forward to another great semester at Penn State!