ECON 2302 Unit 1


Print Friendly and PDF  Site Search and Site Map   




Unit 1: Introduction to Economics and The Economy

If you've taken Macroeconomics, Unit 1 will reinforce the basic concepts you've already learned & will need for this course.


A.  Read the following selections from the Margin Notes by clicking on each linkLOCATING MARGIN NOTES SECTIONS.

Overview: Introduction to Economics

Basic Economic Terminology



Demand and Supply Together

The Price System

Government Functions

The Circular Flow

Note: Throughout the margin notes you will see two signs highlighting external links.



You are responsible for the information in links following this sign.


Dig Deeper


Links following this sign are optional if you'd like more information on that topic.


B.  Watch these presentations. When you click on one of the links below, a new screen will pop up. Use the scrollbar on the side of the new screen to navigate. You need Adobe Reader to view PDF files.

[Each may take a few minutes to download. If a presentation looks a little fuzzy, refresh it once or twice and it will sharpen.]

Core Concepts Part I

Core Concepts Part II

Core Concepts Part III

Graphs in Economics

Supply and Demand Part I

Supply and Demand Part II

Supply and Demand Part III


C.  (Optional) Read the following chapters from the textbook.

Chapters 01 - 04


D.  The following Optional Links are not required. Some are just for fun and some are designed to help you do better in your course.

Elements of Academic Civility

Becoming a Critical Thinker

Building Your Note-Taking and Study Skills -- A Guide for Students (PDF)

Become a More Efficient and Effective Reader  (PDF)

Four Steps to Reading a Textbook Quickly and Effectively (PDF)

Reading Myths and Skimming (PDF)

The Reading Environment (PDF)

What’s Your Reading Rate (PDF)

The Cornell Method of Note-Taking (PDF)

Tips to Help You Fail Your Course

What's Your Learning Style? - the VARK Questionnaire

VARK Questionnaire Results (PDF) - an example of the feedback you get from VARK

Shadow Syllabus (PDF)

I, Pencil (PDF) - fun reading and a good example of specialization

Property Rights (PDF)

How Do Oil Price Fluctuations Affect Consumers and Their Portfolios? (PDF)

Fail Harder

Test Yourself: Core Concepts Part I (PDF)

Test Yourself: Core Concepts Part II (PDF)

Test Yourself: Core Concepts Part III (PDF)

Macroeconomics Review



E.  Test EmailTo Do Note

Send a test email as described in the 1st announcement on the Online Courses page.

You need to make sure you know what you're doing before you have to send your first assignment. Successfully sending your test email is a course requirement. Your course schedule gives you the date by which I prefer you send it. If you must send it late, I will accept it without penalty but I will not accept any assignments or questions about the course from you until you successfully send your test email.




Study Guides, Strategies and Search Sites

Wired Study Tips from TAMU (Apple’s made things more complicated. If you don't have iTunes, download it for free. When you use this link, you’ll get a not available  message on your iTunes player. In the search box on the upper right of the player, type wired study tips. You’ll get a list of podcasts. When you mouse over a title, you’ll get a blue arrow on the left. Click the arrow to play.) You might also try Blair’s blog at

Read Irving Hexham's The Plague of Plagiarism if you are uncertain what constitutes plagiarism.

How to Spell

Five-Step Search Strategy

Sharpen Your Search Skills

Search Engine Resources

From Google: Better Search Results

Google and Beyond

Getting the Most from Google

Beyond Google: Other Good Search Engines

Web Evaluation Questions

Recommended Search Engines

What Makes a Search Engine Good?

Meta-Search Engines

Invisible or Deep Web: What It Is, How to Find It and Its Inherent Ambiguity

Recommended Subject Directories

Learn How to Do Boolean Searches in One Minute Flat

Study Guides and Strategies

For more general reference sites, see also the Student Tools page (See especially, the Table of References on that page.) or the E-Links pages.


Free Resources to Download

Link to download Media Player

Link to download Real Player





Link to Adobe Flash Player

Windows Media


Real Player





Power Point


Adobe PDF


Adobe Flash




Copyright 1996 Amy S Glenn
Last updated:   02/14/2018   0130

Creative Commons License