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Summer 2012 ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics (3 units)

Section 5513      Class Begins Online, Monday, June 4th, 2012

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.  (CSU/UC) AA/AS area B2; CSU area D

  • 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, 6th edition; ISBN-10:0-538-45304-4, ISBN-13:978-0-538-45304-2
  • Purchasing the E-Text and a APLIA Access Card is the minimum requirement for this course.  The minimum total combined cost is estimated at $90.00 plus/minus and the materials can be purchased either through the Mendocino Bookstore or through direct.
  • Estimated Time per Week: Students can expect to spend approximately 12 to 18 hours per week on this eight week class with reading (see the course syllabus for additional required readings), APLIA exercises, online class discussions and quizzes/examinations.
  • Special Requirements: Access to high speed internet is required
  • Log into both ETUDES & APLIA (see below) by the first day of class (Monday, 6/4) and begin working on the posted Week 1 assignments.
  • Course Syllabus: posted both on ETUDES and on the Thomas Faculty webpage:
  • Additional Comments: All of this course will be conducted online through the ETUDES course management system. Students are required to have high speed Internet access (a dial up connection is 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.

Log in to your course on the first day of the class. Here's how:
Go to the ETUDES portal at

Log-in 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: 1021945
Username = joga21945

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