AGRI 2317
Introduction to Agricultural Economics

Western Texas College


    1. Fundamental economic principles and their application in the agricultural industry.
    2. Any required or recommended prerequisites:  No prerequisites.
  2. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES - Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
    1. Describe fundamental macro- and micro-economic principles.
    2. Apply economic principles to agricultural production, marketing and consumption.
    3. Describe the different agricultural economics fields (e.g. food industry, demand theory, supply theory, competitive environments).
    1. Grading system:  Final grades will be assigned based on a point system of assignments.  Students will earn an A, B, C, D, F, I, W, Q. Final grades are as follows:
      A=1080 points and above
      B=960-1079 points
      C=840-959 points
      D=720-839 points
      F=719 points and below
    2. Course requirements:   
      Six Major Exams – 600 points
      Library research – 100 points
      Problems – 300 points
      Final Exam – 200 points
    1. Required books:  Introduction to Agricultural Economics, Fourth Edition, Penson, Capps, Jr., Rosson III, Woodward
    2. Supplies and equipment:  Calculator
    1. Make-up tests, late assignments, final exams: There will be no make up exams given and no late assignments accepted.  If a student knows that he/she will be gone on the day of an exam or assignment, arrangements must be made prior to the absence.  No final exams will be given early.
    2. Attendance policy:  All students are expected to attend all classes and labs and on time. If a student comes in late, it will count as an absence.  After a student has been absent three hours, it will be reported to the counseling center.  After a total of six hours missed, the student may be administratively dropped.  Disruptive behavior will result in the student being removed form the class. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure they are on a roll sheet.
    3. Academic integrity:  Cheating will result in being removed from the class.
    4. Cell Phones:  Cell phones must be turned to silent or turned off during class.
    1. Safety:  A number of safety measures are in place for your continued protection.  In the event of inclement weather, shelters have been designated at several locations on campus.  Your student handbook will have a map of these locations and you should familiarize yourself with each.  The shelters will be marked at the entrance.  Western Texas College is part of the citywide call list, which is activated by the local law enforcement personnel.  Warnings will be given throughout the campus once the call is received.
    2. Emergency: All offices serve as emergency communications points.Please notify the nearest WTC staff member should you become aware of the need for assistance of any type. Campus phone: Dial 911.
    3. Bad weather policy: In the event of classes being dismissed for inclement weather, holiday, national disaster, or other unavoidable circumstance, the instructor will be responsible for notifying the students as to what the make-up requirements will be.  Sufficient work will be documented to offset the number of hours missed.  This notification of required make-up work will be given to students within one week upon resuming classes.
    4. ADA Statement: Western Texas College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities.  The college counselors have been designated to coordinate compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements contained in section 35.107 of the Department of Justice regulations.  Information concerning the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the rights provided there under, are available from the college counselors.
    5. Special assistance:  If, as a result of a disability, a student needs special assistance to participate in a class, the counselor is to be notified immediately so that the prescribed process can be initiated.
    6. Affirmative action:  Western Texas College is an equal opportunity institution and is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    1. Weekly course schedule:
Week 1 Introduction, Chapter 1
Week 2 Chapter 2
Week 3 Part 1 Problems and Review
Week 4 Exam #1, Chapter 3
Week 5 Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Part 2 Problems and Review
Week 6  Exam #2, Chapter 6
Week 7 Chapter 6
Week 8 Chapter 6, Exam #3
Week 9 Chapter 7, Exam #4
Week 10 Chapter 8
Week 11 Chapter 9
Week 12 Chapter 10, Chapter 11, Part 4 Problems and Review
Week 13 Exam #5, Chapter 12
Week 14 Chapter 13, Chapter 16, Chapter 17
Week 15 Chapter 18, Exam #6
Week 16  Library Research, Review


Disclaimer:  The above schedule, policies, procedures and assignments in this course are subject to change



Last Modified: August 18, 2015