ECO 3620. Environmental Economics
Fall 2005 | Calendar
TR 2-3:15, Raley Hall 3013
Office: Raley Hall 3094
Office Hours: MW 9-11, 2-4; appointment, open door
Phone: 262-6121 (office), 262-2148 (department), 268-8991 (home)
Examines the implications of economic theory and how it relates to the
environment and environmental activity. The course examines the continuing
conflict between market forces and environmental integrity and explains how
economic theory views the relationship between economic activity and the natural
world. Examples of local, regional, national, and international issues are
presented and discussed.
Textbook and Reading Assignments
The grades are based on the project (worth 100 points each), quizzes (100
points) and three
exams (worth 100 points each). The maximum number of points is 500. Final grades will be
assigned as follows:
There are three exams during the semester -- two in-class exams and a final
exam administered during the final exam period. Each exam is worth 100 points. A university excused
or emergency absence is usually
necessary to schedule a make-up exam.
Each exam is graded on a 100 point scale. The 300 points are weighted by your
scores. Your highest score (H) is worth 43.33%, your middle score (M) is
worth 33.33% each, and your lowest score (L) is worth 23.33%. The points from your
exams are calculated as follows:
Quizzes are ad-hoc assignments during the semester. These might include homework
assignments, in-class pop quizzes, etc. The first quiz assignment is the demand
and supply on-line exam. You must pass this quiz with a score of 80% before the
first exam in order to pass the class. This exam may be taken more than once.
Your three lowest quiz scores will be dropped.
There is one project during the semester worth 100 points. Teams
of students will form after the first week of class The division of
labor within the team should be determined by the team members. If shirking becomes a problem, a
Survivor-style vote will
expel individual members of the group. Group castoffs will be assigned an
onerous individual project. The project grade will be based on a group
presentation and an individual paper. More detail on each project can be found here:
Benefit Estimation Project.
Class Attendance: From the catalogue: "It is the policy of Appalachian State University that
class attendance is considered to be an important part of a student's
educational experience. Students are expected to attend every meeting of their
classes, and are responsible for class attendance."
Classroom behavior: The following classroom behaviors are not acceptable: excessive and/or
chatting with other students, disruptive coming and going, answering your
cell phone and other annoying behaviors.
Academic Dishonesty: It is the responsibility of every
student to abide by the Appalachian State University
Academic Integrity Code. In short:
"Students will not lie, cheat, or steal to gain
Disabilty: "If you have a disability for which you are or may be
requesting an accommodation, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor
and the Office of Disability Services,
222 D.D. Dougherty, 262-3053/262-3056 (TTY) as early as possible in the term."
ASU Office Hours Policy: Every full-time faculty member is required to
be available seven (7) hours per week during the regular academic year to
consult with students. Requirements for part-time faculty will be prorated
according to the number of hours taught. Each department will maintain an office
hours policy that establishes standards regarding a mix among formal office
hours, meetings in other locations, and electronic communications appropriate
for faculty members and curricula in that department. A schedule indicating the
times available for formal office hours, meetings in other locations, and
electronic communications must be posted on the faculty memberís office door,
listed on course syllabi, and provided to the departmental office at the
beginning of each semester. Electronic communication addresses, URLs, and/or
phone numbers must be listed on course syllabi and also provided to the faculty
memberís departmental office. During the term of a summer session in which a
faculty member teaches, office hours expectations are half of those during the
regular academic year.