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Student Learning Goals

Table 6.  Detailed Goals and Objectives

Undergraduate Economics Program

PROGRAM GOALS

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

COURSE

ASSESSMENT

METHOD(S)

Core

Elective

A. INTELLECTUAL GROWTH

1.  Develop the ability to explain core economic terms, concepts, and theories.

1.1 Explain the function of market and prices as allocative mechanisms

Econ 101

Econ 310

 

Econ 333

Econ 355

 400 electives

Graded assignments:

- homework

- quizzes

- hourly examinations

- final examination

  1.2 Apply the concept of equilibrium to both microeconomics and macroeconomics

Econ 100

Econ 101

Econ 310

Econ 311

300 & 400 electives

 
  1.3 Identify key macroeconomic indicators and measures of economic change, growth and development.

Econ 100

     Econ 311

 

Econ 320

    Econ 465

    Econ 472

    Econ 411

 
  1.4 Identify and discuss the key concepts underlying comparative advantage

Econ 100

Econ 101

 

Econ 372

Econ 465

Econ 472

 
  1.5 Identify and explain major types of market failures.

Econ 101

Econ 310

 

 Econ 306I

Econ 434

Econ 462

Econ 464

Econ 463

Econ 450

 

2.  Demonstrate the ability to employ the “economic way of thinking.”

2.1 Discuss the application of marginal analysis.

Econ 100

Econ 101

Econ 310

Econ 311

300 & 400 electives

 

Graded assignments:

- homework

- quizzes

- hourly examinations

- final examination

  2.2 Explain the use of benefit/cost analysis.

Econ 101

Econ 310

 

Econ 465

Econ 450

Econ 333

 
  2.3 Explain the contribution of economics to the analysis of non-market social issues.

Econ 101

Econ 310

 Econ 306I

Econ 441

Econ 355

 

 

3.  Demonstrate awareness of global, historical, and institutional forces.

3.1 Assess the role of domestic and international institutions and norms in shaping economies.

Econ 100

Econ 101

Econ 310

Econ 311

 Econ 472

 Econ 306I

Graded assignments:

- homework

- quizzes

- hourly examinations

- written assignments

- final examination

4.  Apply economic theories and concepts to contemporary social issues, as well as formulation and analysis of policy.

4.1 Describe how economic trade-offs and social values impact public/private social policy, and the success or failure of policies to achieve intended outcomes.

Econ 100

Econ 101

 

300 & 400 electives

Graded assignments:

- homework

- quizzes

- hourly examinations

- final examination

5.  Recognize the role of ethical values in economic decisions

5.1 Distinguish between normative and positive economics

Econ 100

Econ 101

Econ 310

Econ 311

400 electives

Graded assignments:

- homework

- quizzes

- hourly examinations

- final examination

  5.2 Identify the limits of economic analysis      
  5.3 Compare and contrast efficiency and equity.      

B. SKILL AREAS

6.  Apply both oral and written communication skills within the discipline

6.1 Present economic arguments in non-quantitative form

Econ 100

Econ 101

Econ 310

Econ 311

 

300 & 400 electives

Graded assignments:

- homework

- quizzes

- hourly examinations

- written assignments

- final examination

  6.2 Synthesize the arguments found in both academic and popular economic media.

Econ 465

 

300 & 400 electives

 
  6.3 Discuss economic concepts in an articulate manner in a classroom.

400 level courses

 

300 & 400 electives

Class presentations

7. Demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills.

 

7.1 Present an economic argument in quantitative terms

Econ 100

Econ 101

Econ 380

400 electives

Graded assignments:

- homework

- quizzes

- hourly examinations

- written assignments

- final examination

  7.2 Demonstrate ability to solve systems of equations.

Econ 310

Econ 311

Econ 380

 

Econ 333

Econ 420

Econ 485

Econ 486

Econ 403

Econ 411

Econ 511

 
  7.3 Be able to conduct economic analysis using equations and graphs.

Econ 100

Econ 101

Econ 310

Econ 311

Econ 380

300 & 400 electives

 

8. Demonstrate the ability to collect, process, and interpret data, including

statistical inference.

 

8.1 Recognize how to use the scientific method in economics.

Econ 100

Econ 101

Econ 310

Econ 311

 

300 & 400 electives

Graded assignments:

- homework

- lab assignments

- quizzes

- hourly examinations

- written assignments

- final examination

  8.2 Formulate empirically testable hypotheses.

Econ 310

Econ 311

Econ 380

Econ 485

Econ 486

 
  8.3 Construct a data set of economic variables.

Econ 380

 

Econ 420

Econ 441

Econ 485

Econ 486

 
  8.4 Calculate, present, and discuss descriptive statistics.

Econ 380

 

Econ 420

Econ 485

Econ 486

 
  8.5 Conduct a regression analysis.

Econ 380

 

Econ 420

Econ 485

Econ 486

 
  8.6 Critically assess the statistical analysis of other researchers.

Econ 380

 

Econ 420

Econ 486

 

 

9. Demonstrate computer proficiency within economics.

 

9.1 Access, download, and use electronic databases.

Econ 100

Econ 101

Econ 380

Econ 420

Econ 441

 

Lab assignments

  9.2 Use standard software packages

Econ 380

 

Econ 420

Econ 441

Econ 486

Lab assignments

         

10.  Be able to use critical thinking skills within the discipline of economics about economic matters.

10.1 Present viewpoints and alternative hypothesis on economic issues.

Econ 100

Econ 101

Econ 310

Econ 311

 

300 & 400 electives

Graded assignments:

- homework

- quizzes

- hourly examinations

- written assignments

- final examination

  10.2 Recognize underlying assumptions in economic models.

Econ 100

Econ 101

Econ 310

Econ 311

 

300 & 400 electives

 
  10.3 Demonstrate ability to use the economic tools of analysis.

Econ 100

Econ 101

Econ 310

Econ 311

 

300 & 400 electives

 

C. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

11.  Develop an awareness of career choices for undergraduate economics majors, and the options for graduate study.

11.1 Set up and keep current a database concerning career opportunities for undergraduate majors and undergraduate options in economics

Econ 100

Econ 101

 

Conduct survey of graduates.

  11.2 Encourage majors and option students to consult department advisors concerning career goals, and to develop study programs consistent with those career goals.    

Send letters to majors requesting that they set an appointment with undergraduate advisor.

  11.3 Set up and keep current data base on the employment and graduate study experience of alumni.    

Conduct alumni survey every 3 years.


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