ECON 20A Basic Economics (2016-2017)

ECON 20A Basic Economics

(Required for AE, CE, EnE and ME.)
Catalog Data:

ECON 20A Basic Economics (Credit Units: 4) The fundamentals of microeconomics. The behavior of firms and consumers: markets, supply/demand, utility maximization, resource allocation, and efficiency. Only one course from ECON 20A and ECON 23. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0538453059.

Recommended Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0136080695.

. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0072845136.



Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:
Prerequisites by Topic


Lecture Topics:
  • Introduction
  • Supply, demand and elasticities
  • Supply, demand, and the government
  • Efficiency of markets and costs of taxation
  • Firms: Costs of production
  • Perfect competition
  • Monopoly and monopolistic competition
  • Oligopoly
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:


Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes toward Mathematics and Basic Science

Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Midterm: 60%
  • Final: 40%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 4.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

July 12, 2016
Senate Approved:
February 6, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Summer