Economics 111 – Introduction to Economics

This is an introductory course in economics. By the end of the term, students will be able to analyze newspaper and magazine articles that involve economic concepts, understand the interactions among consumer choices, business decisions and government policies, and interpret the jargon used by economists and those who write about economic issues. This course will also prepare you to take additional classes in the Department of Economics.

Syllabus (revised version)

Class calendar

Discussion template

Data visualization project

Data set for Economics 111 (for data analysis project)

Research for Econ 111 (slides from Kelly Kraemer)

Tableau: Which chart or graph is right for you?

Data visualization assignment

Grading rubric for assignment


Audio and Video

Quizzes and Exams

Test Your Economics Data IQ – Key

Quiz #1 – Key

Quiz #1 – distribution

Exam #1 – Key

Exam #1 – distribution

Quiz #2 – Key

Quiz #2 – distribution

Exam #2 – Key

Exam #2 – distribution



Goal 1: Students of economics will be able to apply economic theory to understand economic issues and policies by:

1.1: Analyzing interactions between human values and economic life;

1.2: Demonstrating a knowledge of and ability to apply appropriate analytical tools; and

1.3: Recognizing the diversity of methodologies practiced in conducting economic analysis.

Goal 2: Students of economics will be able to evaluate evidence bearing on those economic issues and policies by:

2.1: Identifying, locating, and assessing the necessary quantitative and non-quantitative information, facts and arguments; and

2.2: Employing both quantitative reasoning and computing skills where appropriate.

Goal 3: Students of economics will be able to communicate effectively the results of their economic analysis through:

3.1: Clear writing, appropriately supported and documented;

3.2: Effective participation in discussion; and

3.3: For majors, polished oral presentations.