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Anthony Brogna


The following information comes from the named instructor and should describe characteristics general to courses as taught by this instructor. Individual sections of specific courses will deviate from this description in some respects.

Class Format

Class format is a mix of lecture and exercises with approximately 50% of class time is dedicated to graded in-class exercises - although the grade is individual, students are encouraged to work in groups. The in-class exercises mirror the questions that will be on the exams to a large extent. Lectures cover new concepts, latest real-world economic news, and answering student questions. Note that the above is for face-to-face classes; for online descriptions, please see: https://blogs.jccc.edu/courseguide/

Resource Use

Book: Extensive
Calculator: Unlimited
Software: Not applicable

The text is used extensively throughout the course although exams are closed-book. A calculator can be used anytime. There is no special software needed in the course.

Assessment

The student's grade is based on four to six exams, homework, and in-class exercises.

Homework Policy

Homework is assigned weekly and is based on an online adaptive learning system.

Attendance Policy

Students that do not attend class tend to do poorly in the course. Note that the Economics Department’s policy is to not drop students for lack of class attendance. If students do not attend class it is the student’s responsibility to drop the course. Students, who are absent, may not make up the in-class assignments. Students must make prior arrangements to take a missed test due to absence. The test must be made up before graded tests are returned to the class.

Availability

I have office hours during times listed in the syllabus and by appointment; note that since 50% of class time is dedicated to in-class exercises and I am walking around assisting students in an informal setting, students tend not to utilize office hours as questions can get answered in class. Of course, I’m always available by email.

Additional Information

I do write on the board extensively (or use handouts for note taking) and students should copy everything I write on the board. I do many examples that are like assignments and exam questions, so each student should be able to look back at their notes for help. I want everyone to feel comfortable asking questions no matter where we are in the lecture – questions are highly encouraged. I do provide additional support material on Canvas.

I try to remove test anxiety by providing an outline for upcoming exams days before the exam and spending class time before the exam reviewing for the exam.