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Instructors have provided the following information to generally describe what to expect in their classes.


Class Format

I like classes to be lively and involved, but the level of engagement is mainly up to the students in the class. To help facilitate this, I will occasionally put students into groups for an activity. The class follows primarily a lecture format, and depending on the material being covered, we spend lots of days building models (graphs), explaining them, and then applying them to what’s happening in the economy today. You will need to purchase a notebook for this class. I put lots of notes on the board and expect you to write them into your notebook. (A ½ inch 3-ringed binder is also helpful.)

Resource Use

Textbook: Yes (mandatory)

Calculator: Yes, you must purchase a non-graphing calculator for use in this class.

Software: Yes, on-line homework is required and the student must purchase a code to access this learning platform. The current platform is called, “Connect Economics” by McGraw Hill publishers. The codes are one-semester codes allowing you to access the at-home homework assignments.

I make extensive use of the college’s learning management platform. (In the past this has been called ANGEL, but now we’re using D2L, and by the time you read this, it could be referred to as “Bright Space.”)  For my F2F classes, I post grades, handouts, and assignments. I do not post lecture notes. Students will want to attend class to get the lecture notes. For my on-line learners, D2L (or Bright Space) is the platform in which I deliver the class in conjunction with Connect Economics. 


The student's grade is based on a variety of assignments. You’ll have in-class homework that we do together for practice (these are called “point days”); you’ll have out-of-class on-line homework to do on your own; and you’ll have 4 exams (the number of exams can change…but usually never more than 6…and never less than 3).

Homework Policy

Homework is essential to passing this class. You will have both in-class and out-of-class assignments. There are plenty of homework points, but it’s up to you to capitalize on them. They can significantly boost your grade, or adversely affect it.

Attendance Policy

Your attendance is tied to successful completion and outcome of the course. Students are encouraged to attend every class (on-line students are required to participate weekly). It is the Economics Department policy to not withdraw students for non-attendance. If you stop attending a face-to-face (or participating in the on-line class), it is your responsibility to withdraw; faculty do not withdraw students for poor attendance.


I have office hours every semester. Please refer to my syllabus when taking the class. (If you’re taking an on-line class with me, I have “virtual” office hours, and I respond to email within 24 – 36 hours.)

Additional Information

I do not allow technology in the classroom (cellphones, laptops, notebooks, etc.). All electronic devices need to be shut off (or silenced) and put away for the duration of the class.