This is a preview slide presentation for ECON 4333, Government Regulation of Business. The purpose of this presentation is to give you an idea of what to expect in this internet course. Course syllabus Outline 1. Purchasing the textbook 2. The course prerequisites 3. Equipment and software needs 4. Downloads required 5. Course requirements 6. Advantages and disadvantages of online courses Purchasing the textbook The textbook for this course is: V. Kip Viscusi, John Vernon, and Joseph Harrington. The Economics of Regulation and Antitrust, 4th edition. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005. •You can purchase this text at the ASU Bookstore, or •You can purchase the book through an online vendor such as Campusbooks.com To purchase the book online, you need the ISBN number, which is: 978-0-22075-022062-0 Course Prerequisites You must have satisfied the following prerequisites to enroll for this class: • ECON 2313 (principles of macroeconomics) • ECON 2323 (principles of microeconomics). • The following requirements apply to Business majors only: To be eligible to enroll in any upper division courses, business majors must satisfy the following enrollment requirements: (1) Complete 54 hours of GenEd requirements and lower level Business math requirements; (2) complete the following lower level courses: ENG 1003 and ENG 1013; QM 2113. Equipment Needs You will need a computer with a recent version operating system, speakers, printer, and internet service. High-speed internet service is strongly recommended—otherwise you will be waiting endlessly to download very large files. You also need the Microsoft Office suite of applications installed on your machine. Specifically, you need Word and PowerPoint. Under the terms of the Microsoft Campus Agreement, ASU students may obtain copies of Microsoft Office and Windows at no charge. We will use Blackboard 8 •You should be enrolled in Blackboard automatically. •Browse to http://blackboard.astate.edu •Announcements, course content, homework assignments, and other materials will be available at the ECON 4333-001 site. Course Requirements The course is organized into thirteen “modules”--each contains a reading assignment from the text as well as a PowerPoint presentations and web pages that you will access at the “Course Modules” page in Blackboard The course requirements include the following (see the course syllabus for details and how your final grade will be computed): Two examinations. 5 homework assignments Notes: •The first examination will be administered online using the Blackboard system. •The final examination is proctored, but can be taken at ASUJonesboro, ASU-Beebe, ASU-Mt. Home, ASU-Heber Springs, or one of the ASU “Degree Centers” at West Memphis, Blytheville, or Forrest City. Observations on online learning Profile of the satisfied and successful online learner: A mature, computer-savvy, and motivated individual who is attempting the difficult feat of completing a college degree while carrying substantial work and family responsibilities. You can complete virtually all the work required on your home computer. Students are able to access course content 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the term. The technology facilitates interaction with other students. Students can participate in discussions, chats (Virtual Classroom) at their own initiative. There is e-mail, of course. You may send your queries or complaints to the instructor via e-mail. There are no lectures--this puts a greater responsibility on the student to achieve comprehension of the material--which is not easy, by the way. This course is not likely to be ideal for students who need the structure of the conventional 150 minutes a week in the classroom.