|Course Number||ECON 6351 - 24961|
|Course Title||Economics for Managers|
|Office||Brazos Hall 339 (Sugar Land)|
|Office Hours||T/TH 6PM-7PM UHSL BH 339; or by appointment|
Prerequisites for a course exist because the School of Business Administration faculty have determined that the knowledge, skills, and/or exposure students receive through the prerequisites is critical to their success in the course and their ability to contribute to their fellow students' learning experience. In addition, taking your core courses and concentration or elective courses in a prescribed sequence prepares you to integrate the knowledge and skills you are acquiring properly. Students bear the responsibility for verifying that they have the appropriate prerequisites for their courses. Students who enroll in a course without completing the prerequisites risk being dropped from the class at any time during the semester should their lack of prerequisites come to light. In addition, students who enroll without the prerequisites and as a result find themselves at a disadvantage in meeting course objectives will have no redress with the instructor.
A study of the domestic and global economic environment of organizations.
This course is a study of the principles of micro- and macroeconomic theory with emphasis upon microanalysis of the firm and fiscal and monetary policy. This course will help students to cut through to the core concepts that a student needs to think like an economist, both during and beyond the principles course. The course consists of three major parts: Introduction, Microeconomics, and Macroeconomics.
Schiller, Bradley R., Essentials of Economics, 8th (2011) ed., McGraw-Hill Irwin, ISBN 0073511390(Required)The textbook website is http://www.mhhe.com/schilleressentials8e The publisher offers the following low cost options: Standard Book: $128 Black & white (soft cover): $97.82 Loose-leaf version: $89.75 For more information contact Kimberly Weber Sales Representative McGraw-Hill/Irwin Publishing 563-584-6171 or 800-228-0603 x 6171 email@example.com
The Victoria College Bookstore carries textbooks for all UHV SBA courses.
Students may use the publishing information posted above to order their textbooks from their favorite book vendor. However, before doing so you should find out what your vendor's anticipated shipping time is, and what their return policy is. Also, you should not write in or remove shrinkwrap from any textbook or materials you purchase from any vendor until the first class day in the event that:
In addition, be aware that, on occasion, certain outside vendors may substitute an international version of a textbook for the version you have requested without notice. International versions of textbooks may be quite different from the editions we require.
The mission of the UHV MBA program is to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully manage organizations in a dynamic environment by offering an integrated curriculum that blends theoretical concepts with practical applications. Specifically, the MBA program seeks to develop in each graduate the capacity to:
To be a successful manager, you must understand the strategic management process. Strategic management consists of the strategic analysis, strategy formulation/decisions, and strategic execution/implementation/actions an organization undertakes in order to sustain competitive advantages.
The modern manager operates in a complex and competitive environment. It is essential that MBA students develop an understanding of economics and its relevance to managerial decision-making. Many issues for managers must be addressed using economic principles and analysis. This course is designed to provide business students with a sound appreciation of modern economics and its application to management and business strategy process. Corporate/business strategy is concerned with understanding the fundamental determinants of business performance; and this course will emphasize the underlying economic foundations of business performance. Here we will establish the basic economic principles that underlie decisions made by businesses.
The course focuses on the fundamental economic theories most useful for the management of the firm. The principles from both microeconomics and macroeconomics will be covered. Applications drawn from current economic events (term project) are utilized to better understand the internal and external environments of the firm and to help managers formulate effective business strategies and policies. Although no prior knowledge of economics is required, this is more than just a survey or principles course. Important economic tools of analysis are introduced to provide managers with the skills necessary to apply economics in a meaningful way to enhance business decision-making.
The School of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International, the hallmark of excellence in management education. AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education. AACSB International accreditation adds value to your degree. The AACSB International accreditation standards require you to:
As a result of this course, students will:
Your letter grade is determined using the grade distribution that follows. You can calculate your percentage grade at any time in the semester by dividing the points you have accrued by the total points available up to that point. This percentage is then matched to a letter grade.
|A||90% or higher|
|B||80 to 89%|
|C||70 to 79%|
|D||60 to 69%|
|F||Less than 60%|
|Midterm Exam||25 %|
|Final Exam||25 %|
|Homework Assignments||15 %|
|Industry Analysis Term Paper||15 %|
|Discussion Board (DB)||20 %|
The midterm exam will be given on Sunday, 10/20. The online exam duration will be 3 hours. It will consist of 50 multiple-choice questions and 2 short-essay questions to cover the lectures of Ch 1-6 and 17. You will be reminded about the format in detail before the exam (Assessing learning objectives 1,2,3,4).
The final exam will be given on Sunday, 12/8. The online exam duration will be 3 hours. It will consist of 50 multiple-choice questions and 2 essay questions to cover the lectures of Ch 7, 10-14. You will be reminded about the format in detail before the exam ((Assessing learning objectives 4, 5, 6).
There will be four homework assignments in this semester. The average of the highest THREE homework scores will contribute 15% of your semester grade. Each assignment has to be your individual work. You have to submit your solution file for each assignment within FIVE pages at MS Word or MS Excel format. No other format submission will be accepted. The due date for each assignment is on the course schedule. Late submission will cause at least 30% penalty on the grade. (Assessing learning objectives 1,2,3,4,5,6)
This course involves the study of both the macro- and microeconomic concepts as well as different tools of economic analysis. The purpose of the term paper is to provide each student with the opportunity to apply economic analysis to a real world business or industry and to learn how to deal with business problems from an economic perspective. The class will be divided into several groups. Group size is limited to 3 or 4 members. Each member will receive the same grade. Each group will choose a narrowly defined industry or type of business to explore. The term paper, limited in 20 pages, should consist of an "executive summary" of that industry or business. The group has to analyze how this market is organized, how it works, what influences it, and what are its prospects. The detailed guideline is available in Industry Term Paper on homepage. The choice of industry should be done by 10/27 (Sun); the final version of term paper should be submitted by the group leader by 11:00pm, 12/5 (Thu).(Assessing learning objectives 3,4,6)
It is for answering instructor-initiated questions, ONLY. Do not use it as a chat room. The instructor will assign 3~4 students for a group after the first week. Students in the same group will earn the same DB grade. In this semester, there are 10 DBs counting a total 20% toward the semester grade. In each DB, the instructor will pick one particular student from each group to post the final answer. In order to get the best group grade, the chosen student is supposed to fully discuss the questions within the group discussion board (located in My Groups) before posting the final answer in the DB. Each member in a group is supposed to provide input and approve the final answer before posting. When the chosen one posts, please reply to the thread with the group/student name. Copy and paste all the answers into the message box as one posting. Do not attach any file. If the chosen student does not post the final answer on time, one of the other group members may post for the group. However, in this case, all the group members will earn credit except for the chosen student. As you know, the possibility of free-rider always exists in teamwork. In order to eliminate the problem, you are encouraged to inform the instructor about who is (are) inactive in group discussion. I will confirm it by double checking the members tracking record. Once it is confirmed, the inactive member will be penalized by a lower DB grade or a missing grade at the instructors discretion (Assessing learning objectives 1,2,4,6).
Your capacity to contribute to class discussions is directly related to your commitment to completing all reading assignments by the dates listed on the course schedule. Class participation grades will reflect both the quantity and the quality of your participation.
Make-up exams will only be given at the discretion of the instructor. Students are strongly cautioned to notify the instructor immediately if legitimate and insurmountable obstacles prevent them from participating in a scheduled exam session.
The due dates for all assignments will be strictly followed. Late assignments may or may not be accepted at the instructor’s discretion; should the instructor accept a late assignment, he or she may reduce the grade of the assignment the equivalent of one (1) letter grade for each day the assignment is late.
According to the UHV Student Handbook, students are expected to be diligent in their studies and regular in class attendance. A student whose absences are determined by the instructor to be excessive shall be dropped prior to the last day to drop a course or withdraw from UHV with a grade of W or F. For students enrolled in online courses, "absence" connotes a failure to engage in class participation activities on a weekly basis. If an unforeseen crisis (including family emergencies, professional obligations, and technical difficulties) prevents you from fulfilling your course obligations, you are responsible for alerting your instructor to the reason for and anticipate duration of your absence.
Teaching and learning is a partnership between faculty and students. I will fulfill my partnership obligations by serving as advisor, consultant, mentor and purveyor of general comments and clarifications of difficult or confusing concepts. To this end, I will respond to questions within 72 hours. You will fulfill your partnership obligations by being a fully participative, responsive, helping, and working team member of the class. You should check your UHV email frequently and respond to faculty in a timely fashion. Good business and professional etiquette is expected. No derogatory comments should be made. You may certainly disagree with others in class discussions, and you may state your disagreement (if you choose to); however, please do so in a polite manner.
Homework, take-home exams, case assignments and bulletin board participation all play an important role in your education in this course. They are an essential part of the learning process in that they require the synthesis and extension of concepts. They also help both the student and the instructor to evaluate one’s progress in mastering the material. Past experience indicates that generally the course material cannot be adequately mastered without active involvement on your part.
Discussion of homework assignments with others who are also struggling with them can be highly beneficial and is encouraged. Most real-life problems are solved through team efforts, and it is important to learn how to solve problems cooperatively. The interaction with others working on the same problem often reveals different approaches to common difficulties.
Each student is responsible for maintaining high standards of academic honesty and ethical behavior. In order that each student understands what is (or is not) acceptable behavior, the following guidelines are offered.
UHV’s Student Handbook contains a detailed description of the university’s Academic Honesty Policy. In addition, tutors at the Academic Center (see section below) are available to assist you in providing proper citations for your source materials.
The University of Houston System complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, pertaining to the provision of reasonable academic adjustments/auxiliary aids for students with a disability. In accordance with Section 504 and ADA guidelines, each University within the System strives to provide reasonable academic adjustments/auxiliary aids to students who request and require them. If you believe that you have a disability requiring academic adjustments/auxiliary aids, please contact your University’s student disability services center. University of Houston–Victoria, Office of Disability Services, Cheryl Worley, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St., Suite 132-B University West, Victoria, TX 77901. Office phone – 361-570-4287; E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; Website - www.uhv.edu/DisabilityServices
Per Texas state law, students will be excused from attending class and other required activities, including examinations, for the observance of a religious holy day, including travel for that purpose. A student whose absence is excused on these grounds will be allowed to take an examination or complete an assignment within one (1) week of the excused absence.
Students who feel they are the victims of sexual harassment may contact the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at 361-570-4290 and/or the Director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action at 361-570-4800.
Students who have non-academic grievances or complaints may contact Student Services at 361-485-4409.
The Student Success Center offers writing assistance to all UHV students in the form of paper reviews by peer tutors. Tutors will aid students in looking more critically at their own writing to examine issues such as organization, structure, and development of ideas. To submit a document for online tutoring, or to schedule an appointment for face-to-face tutoring, please visit the Student Success Center online http://uhv.mywconline.com/. For more information about the Student Success Center and its library of online resources, visit the Center's Web site at http://www.uhv.edu/studentsuccesscenter/ or stop by Suite 129 (University West in Victoria).
|8/26~9/1||1||The Challenge of Economics||Ch 1 (Lecture 1)||Due Self-Introduction at 11pm, 9/1 (Sun)|
|9/3~9/8||2||The U.S. Economy||Ch 2 (Lecture 2)||Due DB#1 at 11pm, 9/8 (Sun)|
|9/9~9/15||3||International Trade||Ch 17 (Lecture 3)||Due DB#2 at 11pm, 9/15 (Sun)|
|9/16~9/22||4||Supply and Demand||Ch 3 (Lecture 4)||Due DB#3 and Homework 1 at 11pm, 9/22 (Sun)|
|9/23~9/29||5||Consumer Demand||Ch 4 (Lecture 5)||Due DB#4 at 11pm, 9/29 (Sun)|
|9/30~10/6||6||Supply Decisions||Ch 5 (Lecture 6)||Due DB#5 at 11pm, 10/6 (Sun)|
|10/7~10/13||7||Competition||Ch 6 (Lecture 7)||Due DB#6 and Homework 2 at 11pm, 10/13 (Sun)|
|10/14~10/20||8||Monopoly||Ch 7 (Lecture 8)||Due DB#7 at 11pm, 10/20 (Sun); 10/20 (Sun) Midterm Exam (Access Window 1:00~6:00PM)|
|10/21~10/27||9||Business Cycle||Ch 10 (Lecture 9)||Due the Choice of Industry of Term Paper at 11pm, 10/27 (Sun)|
|10/28~11/3||10||Aggregate Supply-Demand||Ch 11 (Lecture 10)||Due DB#8 and Homework 3 at 11pm, 11/3 (Sun)|
|11/4~11/10||11||Fiscal Policy||Ch 12 (Lecture 11)||Due DB#9 at 11pm, 11/10 (Sun)|
|11/11~11/17||12||Money and Banks||Ch 13 (Lecture 12)||Due the Draft of Term Paper at 11pm, 11/17 (Sun)|
|11/18~11/24||13||Monetary Policy||Ch 14 (Lecture 13)||Due DB#10 and Homework 4 at 11pm, 11/24 (Sun)|
|11/25~12/1||14||Thanksgiving Holidays Week|
|12/2~12/8||15||Review Week||Adobe Connect Review Session at 8:00pm on 12/5 (Thu)||Due Term Paper at 11pm, 12/5 (Thu); 12/8 (Sun) Online Final Exam (Access Window: 1:00-6:00pm)|