Course Description: Students will examine the allocation of scarce resources and the economic reasoning used by government agencies and by people as consumers, producers, savers, investors, workers, and voters. Key elements of the course include the study of scarcity, supply and demand, market structures, the role of government, national income determination, money and the role of financial institutions, economic stabilization, and trade. Students will examine the key economic philosophies and economists who have influenced the economies around the world in the past and present. Informational text and primary sources will play an instrumental part of the study of economics where it is appropriate.
Textbook: Prentice Hall: Economics
Replacement cost for lost or damaged textbooks: $91.47
**Please refrain from using your textbook as a folder for papers and handouts as it damages the binding and causes pages to fall out. Books damaged in this manner will be categorized as such when textbooks are collected at the end of the course.**
Units of Study
Fundamental Economic Concepts
Microeconomics: Prices and Markets
Economic Institutions and Issues
Macroeconomics: Performance and Stabilization
The Global Economy
Required Materials –Paper, pencil or pen, 3 ring binder or folder to keep papers, 1 box of tissues
Optional Materials to be kept in the classroom for all students to use – Markers, Colored Pencils, Hand Sanitizer
Course Procedures and Expectations:
1. Arrive to class on time. Students are considered tardy if they are not in the classroom when the bell rings. A tardy pass will be required to enter class after the bell.
2. Upon arriving to class, sit down and take out necessary materials. Students should bring ALL materials to class on a daily basis. Constantly borrowing materials from classmates is disruptive and interferes with class instruction. When the bell rings, you are expected to be in your seat and ready to work.
3. Actively participate in all class activities. This includes taking notes, responding to questions/asking questions, and contributing to group and class discussions. If you are working on material from another class, you will receive a verbal warning to put the materials away. If this becomes habitual, the work will be confiscated and turned in to the appropriate teacher. Parents will also be notified. If you finish an assignment early, you may read silently or work on an alternative assignment with permission.
4. If you need to use the restroom, wait for an appropriate time to ask. Do not interrupt instruction to ask. Do not abuse the privilege or you will lose it. Students are not allowed to use the restroom during direct instruction or assessments.
5. If you are absent, check the webpage or send an email asking for missed work. See the Make-up Policy Section for additional information.
6. At the end of the period, put away all materials and textbooks. You should remain in your seat until you are dismissed.
7. Put forth maximum effort. Your success depends upon the effort you put into the class. If you are having difficulty, or do not understand a concept, you are encouraged to ask questions or seek assistance from Ms. Campbell.
8. All students are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. This includes being respectful of others, using appropriate language, and refraining from disruptive behavior.
High School students should be aware of appropriate classroom behavior. In the event student behavior becomes an issue, the following steps will be taken:
1. Warning/Conference with Teacher
2. Parent Notification
3. Administrative Referral
Assignments - Throughout this course, you will be given assignments that require you to think critically and analyze both assorted texts and visual information. Sometimes topics covered in the assigned readings are not covered in depth during class. Please be aware that all topics, whether covered in class or assigned readings, may be included on unit assessments.
Extra Credit – A few select opportunities will be available throughout the semester. See the webpage for information and due dates. Extra credit will be offered to all students, not on an individual basis.
Code of Conduct - Be aware of all of the policies and procedures in the University School Code of Conduct.
Cheating and Plagiarism – Students who are caught cheating or plagiarizing material will receive a zero for the assignment and a disciplinary referral. Cheating and plagiarism can occur in numerous ways. Examples include:
- Using or paraphrasing someone else’s work and ideas without giving credit. You must include the source and properly cite it. Changing a word or two is not acceptable. This applies to research projects and class assignments involving the textbook.
- Copying assignments in class, at home, or in the hallway before school starts
- Providing test information or answers
Make-Up Policy - If you are absent, it is your responsibility to obtain assignments. Make-up work is due based on the length of your absence. If you miss two days, you will have two days to complete and turn in the assignment. If an assignment was due on the day you were absent, you are expected to turn it in the day you return. Should you require an extra day, the maximum you may receive is a 70%. No assignments will be accepted after the 2nd day.
Test and Quiz dates will be announced in class and posted on the class website. All students are expected to take assessments on the assigned date. If a student is absent on the day of the test, they are expected to take it during study period.
Students are encouraged to email Mrs. Campbell or request make up work via the office. This will help you stay on track with your school work and not fall behind.
Grading System - Grading will be done on a total point system. The total number of points may vary depending on the number of assignments given throughout the quarter. Grades will be updated weekly, but projects and other lengthy assignments will require additional time.
Electronic Devices - Occasionally we will utilize electronic devices for class projects and activities. These items are only allowed when permission has been given by the teacher. Students who abuse the policy will have their device confiscated and turned in to the office.
Backpacks, Food, and Water – Backpacks and food are not allowed in the classroom. Repeat offenders will be referred to administration. Water is allowed in the classroom as long as it is in a bottle or other clear container. If you arrive to class with your backpack, you will be instructed to return it to your locker and get a tardy slip.