Introduction to Microeconomics

University of Alberta

How markets and governments determine which products are produced and how income is distributed in the Canadian economy. Not open to students with credit in ECON 204.

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The University of Alberta
Department of Economics
Introduction to Microeconomics
Monday/Wednesday/Friday TL 11 9:00-9:50
Gordon Lee FALL 2018
Office: Tory 8-27
Phone: 780.492-7636 Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 11:00-12:00
Monday 13:00-14:00
eMail: or by appointment
Required: - Exploring Microeconomics, Fourth Canadian Edition, Robert Sexton, Peter Fortura and
Colin Kovacs. Nelson Education.
Note that students are required to purchase MindTap.
From the Calendar: “How markets and governments determine which products are produced and how
income is distributed in the Canadian economy.”
This description is rather broad and vague. A different description that I have used previously is “An
introductory investigation of supply and demand analysis: the theory of production, costs and price
determination under competitive and non-competitive market conditions. Emphasis is given to the
Canadian mixed economy.”
From this description, we can see clearly some of this course’s objectives:
(1) to introduce you to the mechanics of supply and demand as they apply to market operations;
(2) to introduce you to the workings of competitive and non-competitive markets and the policies
invoked to control non-competitive markets; and
(3) to develop your understanding of the economic theory and terminology used to describe the
behaviour of individual firms and consumers.
Mastery of basic microeconomic concepts is necessary before you can move on to upper level economics
and business courses.
However, in the long run, I suspect you may not retain all of the niceties of microeconomic theory. My
long-run objective, which is equally important, is to further develop your skills in problem solving and
critical thinking. Hopefully, further developing these skills will provide benefits complementing other
areas of your training.
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“Grades reflect judgments of student achievement made by instructors. These judgments are based on a
combination of absolute achievement and relative performance in a class.” [University of Alberta
Calendar, Section 23.4(4).]
To give you an idea of what you might expect, here is a distribution reflecting last year’s grades in this
Grades are distributed as follows:
Midterm 1
Midterm 2
Assignments will start the week of September 10 and they will count for 15% of the final grade. They will
be due on the following dates by 2300 (11:00 pm):
Sunday, September 16
Sunday, October 21
Sunday, September 23
Sunday, November 4
Sunday, September 30
Saturday, November 10
Sunday, October 7
Sunday, November 25
Sunday, October 14
Sunday, December 2
Assignments are done on-line in Mind Tap. They are submitted automatically and graded by Nelson
Canada at precisely 2300 (11pm). The instructions for signing on to Mid Tap are found below in this
outline. There are 10 assignments. At the end of the term, I will drop the lowest 2 assignments and use
your 8 best.
Grade Point
Grade Range
Grade Point
Grade Range
93 and above
63 to 66.9
88 to 92.9
60 to 62.9
82 to 87.6
58 to 59.9
77 to 81.9
55 to 57.9
72 to 76.9
50 to 54.9
67 to 71.9
Under 50
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Mind Tap is the e-learning tool in this class. In order to use MindTap, you must register using the following
1. Connect to
2. Complete the Configuration Test. You must have JavaScript and Flash 6 or later to use the site. If
you don’t, the configuration test will tell you and instructions will follow.
3. Return to the Sign-In page and click “Register Here”.
4. You will be prompted to enter your University of Alberta eMail address and password. Please note
that you must use your University of Alberta eMail address; no hotmail or anything else is
acceptable. You will also be prompted to enter your University of Alberta seven-digit student ID
You will then be asked to enter your course key: MTPQ5RKPK27F
5. You will have received a MindTap Payment Code for this course. It cam packaged with your
textbook. You must use this code when you are prompted for payment. Please remember that once
opened, payment codes are not refundable.
6. You only need to register once. After the registration process is complete, you will not need to
enter the course key or the payment code again. You will just log in with your University of Alberta
eMail address and password.
If you have questions about registering or using the MindTap website, please contact Nelson Canada,
Phone Support:
Monday through Friday 8:00am to 6:00pm (EST)
24/7 live chat!
Sign in using your NelsonBrain credentials and create a case.
Once your case is submitted, you’ll receive access to 24/7 live chat! Or you can speak with an agent
by calling the phone number provided upon your case submission.
Option A:
Purchase MindTap at the Bookstore with a hard copy of your text book.
Option B:
Purchase MindTap standalone (including the digital textbook) from the Campus eBookstore.
Option C:
Purchase MindTap standalone online (including the digital textbook) from the NelsonBrain website.
There is a grace period that allows you to pay later, and still use MindTap without paying until 11:59 PM
on 09/21/2018. Once the grace period is over you will be blocked from your account until you have
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To comply with Student Union’s new no-cost option request: There is a very basic MindTap where
assignments only, can be completed available in Cameron Library. This course will have only
homework questions none of the MindTap tools listed below and no eTextbook.
Student Registration URL:
Course Key: XQZD-Q3LL-N9VQ
TUTOR CENTRE (Tory 8-28)
The Tutor Centre will tentatively begin operation September 10, 2018 and close December 7, 2018. Hours
of operation, once set, will be posted on MindTap. The tutors are third and fourth-year honours economics
students. Ten tutors will be helping students this year. Although they are not all scheduled to be in the
Tutor Centre at the same time, there will be several tutors available at peak times.
You are encouraged to visit the Tutor Centre with content questions. The tutors will help you with
questions about class/text/assignment material. They will do their best to assist you in your learning; go
prepared. Take with you any work you have done so that the tutor can see what you have been doing and
help you to identify problem areas. Tutors will not provide answers to assignments before they are due.
They will help you to understand the concept.
You are also encouraged to visit the Tutor Centre if you would simply like to talk with an economics
student about the department and its course and program offerings. Tutors will be happy to provide you
with some incite. Program and course information can be picked up in the Tutor Centre as well as
information about our undergraduate advisors.
If you have any questions about, or encounter any problems with the Tutor Centre, please let me know
immediately. The Economics Department wants the Tutor Centre to serve students in the best way
possible. We need your help to ensure that this happens. Please fill out an evaluation form when you visit
the Tutor Centre. Tell us what you liked; tell us what can be improved.
Exams are scheduled for the following days:
Midterm 1
October 3
Midterm 2
November 7
December 20
Midterm Exams
Exams: The two midterm exams and the final exam will be written at the Learning Assessment
Centre (LAC) which is located at 3-106 Education North. It is the student’s responsibility to
book their exam time using the LAC website. If you fail to book an exam time and there is no
space in the LAC then you will receive zero marks on that exam.
Midterms consist of multiple-choice questions.
Students who are unable to write a midterm at the scheduled time due to personal reasons must
arrange with me, prior to the exam, to write the midterm at a different time.
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If you do not attend the exam and have not made arrangements with me prior to the exam
A. due to medical reasons, then the exam weight for the missed exam will be transferred to
your final exam.
B. and your absence is unexcused, your grade for the missed midterm exam will be zero.
Note that the use of programmable (graphing) calculators and/or electronic communication
devices is not permitted during tests or exams.
NOTE: The second midterm is not cumulative.
Final Exam
The final exam will consist of multiple-choice questions. The final is a two-hour exam and covers
the material of the entire term.
Note that absences from the final exam for medical or personal reasons require that the student
apply to the Faculty of Arts for a deferred exam.
Absences correspond to a final exam grade of zero.
Copies of midterms and finals from previous years will be made available.
The use of any electronic communication device is not permitted during lectures.
You are required to have your student ID with you for the final exam. Every ID is checked during
the final exam.
“The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty.
Students are expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty and to uphold the
policies of the University in this respect. Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselves with
the provisions of the Code of Student Behaviour (online at and avoid any
behaviour which could potentially result in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts
and/or participation in an offence. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in suspension
or expulsion from the University.” (GFC 29 SEP 2003)
Recording of Lectures
“Audio or video recording, digital or otherwise, of lectures, labs, seminars or any other teaching environment by
students is allowed only with the prior written consent of the instructor or as a part of an approved
accommodation plan. Student or instructor content, digital or otherwise, created and/or used within the context
of the course is to be used solely for personal study, and is not to be used or distributed for any other purpose
without written consent from content author(s).”
Policy about course outlines can be found in the Evaluation Procedures and Grading System section of the
University Calendar.
General Reminder
Fall Reading week is scheduled for November 12 – 16, no classes are scheduled.
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1. Introduction to Economics……………………………………………… Chapters 1 and 2
Students who wish to refresh their graphing skills should read the appendix to Chapter 1
2. Supply and Demand
(i) The Mechanics of Supply and Demand and Price Determination ........ Chapters 3 and 4
(ii) Elasticity ............................................................................................ Chapter 5
3. Demand and Consumer Behaviour ........................................................... Chapter 6
4. Supply and Producer Behaviour
(a) Financial Environment of Business……………………………...….. Chapter 9 of Baumol
(a) Production and Costs ......................................................................... Chapter 7
(b) Perfect Competition ............................................................................ Chapter 8
(c) Monopoly ........................................................................................... Chapter 9
(d) Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly ........................................... Chapter 10
6. Factor Markets ......................................................................................... Chapter 11

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