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Spring 2011     ECO 201  Principles of Microeconomics   (3 units)

Section 201-0845       Class Begins Monday, January 24, 2011

Course Description:

This class covers economic analysis of the theory of prices, including supply and demand, marginal utility, cost and revenue concepts, market structure, and pricing the factors of production. Students learn to use economic principles to analyze the economic challenges facing the individual and business organization.

Required Prerequisite:  MTH 56 or one year of high school Algebra II
Recommended Prep: CCS 124 ‘Becoming a Successful Online Student’

  • Instructor:  A R Tom Thomas
  • Instructor Email:
  • Textbook Information:
    • Principles of Microeconomics N. Gregory Mankiw et al, 5th edition; ISBN-10:0324589980, ISBN-13:9780324589986
    • Purchasing E-Text and APLIA Access Card is the minimum requirement for these courses.  Minimum total combined cost is estimated at $80.00 plus/minus and can be purchased either through the Mendocino Bookstore or through APLIA direct.
  • Estimated Time per Week: Students can expect to spend approximately 9 hours per week on reading, APLIA exercises, online class discussions and Quarterly Examinations. 
  • Special Requirements: Access to high speed internet is required
    Log into both ETUDES & APLIA (see below) by the first day of class (Monday, 1/24) and begin working on the posted Week 1 assignments.
  • Course Syllabus: posted both on ETUDES and on the Thomas Faculty webpage:
  • Additional Comments: The entire course will be conducted online through the ETUDES course management system. Students are required to have high speed Internet access (dial up not recommended), an active email account, the ability to use word processing, conduct Internet searches, attach files, send emails and private messages, and work independently.
  • New to ETUDES: Here is an Online Orientation (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that will show you the basics of how to use ETUDES. Here is a flash tutorial (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that demonstrates the log in protocol. Be sure to check System Requirements before getting started with ETUDES. You need to do this on each computer you use while taking a class through ETUDES.
  • ETUDES Course: You will log into the Etudes classroom with the log-in information provided below.

Login ID


First 2 letters of first name +
First 2 letters of last name +
Last 5 digits of Student COLLEAGUE ID
(Type using all lower case letters)
Jose A. Garcia
Student ID: 1021045
Username = joga21045

Month Day of birth in school records
(Type using all lower case letters)
Birthday is April 11th, 1982 (04/11/82)
Password = 0411