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Economics - Course Syllabus 2009/2010

Economics - Course Syllabus 2009/2010

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Course Syllabus - Mr. Irwin's 2009/2010 Economics Class
Course Syllabus - Mr. Irwin's 2009/2010 Economics Class

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COURSE SYLLABUSUniversity City High SchoolMr. Irwin - School Year 2009 – 2010
858-457-3040 Ext 102
Economics Principles in Action (Prentice Hall, 2003).
This one semester course explores the choices anddecisions that people make about how to use the world’s limited resources. Thegoal of this course is to equip the student with knowledge that is strongly rootedin economic principles so that he or she will be able to differentiate betweeneconomic models, understand issues pertaining to global and nationaleconomics, gain insight into choices that businesses must make, and learn theimportance of managing personal finances and planning for ones future financialsecurity. 
Reading from textbook, newspapers and other material
Lectures and note taking
Class discussions relating to assigned readings
Films and slide shows
Homework including assigned readings and written responses
Term projects
Current events
Small group activities
A weighted points system will be used to determine student grades as detailedbelow:1.Tests will comprise 50% of a student’s grade.2.Quizzes will comprise 20% of a student’s grade.
Written class work, homework and notes in student’s notebook will comprise15% of the grade.4.Term projects will comprise 15% of the student’s grade.
1.The student is to be on time, in assigned seat and beginning work by the timethe bell rings.2.The student will come to class prepared to work by bringing all neededmaterials such as notebook, paper, pencil, pen, textbook and any other material that may be required.3.Respect the authority of the teacher and the rights of all students to learn.
Obtain teacher recognition before speaking. Do not talk when the teacher or an acknowledged student is speaking.
Electronic devices such as cell phones, pagers, iPods, other MP3 Players,CD Players, accessories to these devices, or similar items are to be keptturned off and stored out of sight, in purse or backpack.6.Obey and follow all school rules, respect others and their material andproperty.
1.ONE (1) tardy results in a student/teacher talk and loss of citizenship points.2.TWO (2) tardies will result in a communication to parent or guardian and lossof citizenship points.3.THREE (3) tardies will result in detention and loss of citizenship points.4.FOUR (4) tardies will result in a referral and loss of citizenship points.
TRUANCY – truancy policy SB813 will be enforced. Truant students willreceive a referral; suspension may occur; parent will be notified; citizenshippoints will be deducted.
Daily/Weekly class work and/or homework assignments will be given. Studentsare expected to complete all assignments, and to manage their time in such away as to meet all due dates.
No late work will be accepted!!!
The website for my Economics class can be accessed at:www.mirwin.weebly.comor www.universitycityhigh.orgThis is where I post all class assignments, objectives and due dates. Studentswill visit this site regularly. Parents are encouraged to visit the class website atany time, in order to stay informed about tests, quizzes, homework assignments,projects and their respective due dates. This class website will be used as aportal to online quizzes that will comprise 20% of the student’s grade. Also fromthe class website, students and parents can email me, simply by clicking on theicon that says “Send Email to Mr. Irwin.”
Since it is expected that the student will be in class every day, except for legitimate reasons such as a serious illness, there should be very few instancesin which a student needs to make up work. So that students can always stayinformed about their assignments and due dates, all assignments will be postedon the class website. As the result, students will be expected to turn inlegitimately missed work on the day of their return or at the latest, within 24hours. All Missed quizzes will receive a grade of zero. Legitimately missed testsmust be made up by appointment after school, within the next five class days.The teacher reserves the right to use alternative tests for make-up purposes.Failure to make up missed assignments, including tests, in the manner described, will result in a grade of “zero” for the missed assignment or test.PAGE 2 OF 4
The state of California has adopted educational standards that describe theknowledge and skill sets that the student is expected to acquire as the result of this course of study. I will plan lessons that address these standards and willdeliver a curriculum that meets the California Standards. In order to acquire theproper knowledge and skill sets mentioned,
the student must make the effortto learn, by accepting responsibility for all work assigned and by self-managing the reading/homework load each week.
Properly executed, eachstudent will exit this course with solid knowledge in Economics and PersonalFinance.
UCHS has an academic honesty policy that will be followed. Student behavior involving any form of cheating and/or plagiarism will not be tolerated. Thisincludes cheating on tests or quizzes, using “canned” essays, copying another student’s homework, and/or any other form of dishonesty. Evidence of violationof the UCHS honesty policy will result in a grade of zero for the assignment, nomake up opportunity, a referral, a call home to parents and the lowering of thestudent’s citizenship grade to “U”. Repeat offenders will be subject to moresevere consequences that can include reporting the offense on the student’s highschool transcript and/or receiving an “F” in Economics for the semester.
In order to maximize the learning process, I encourage parents to talk to their children regularly about school, homework, tests and projects, and to provide ahome environment that supports learning. I plan to call parents from time to time,to let them know how their child is doing in class. Parents should feel free tocontact me by email or by phone, with any question about how their student isdoing.

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