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College of Agriculture California State University, Chico 1 ABUS 415 - Agricultural Price Analysis Term Spring 2013 Instructor Dr. Jacob Brimlow Office Hours and Contact Information Office Location: Plumas 227 Office Phone: (530) 898 – 4250 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: MTWR: 10a – 1050a, and by appointment. Course Description : Analysis of price-determining factors for agricultural products. Business conditions and changes in supply and demand for domestic and international agricultural commodities. Study of structure, conduct, and performance of agricultural markets. Monopolistic practices and relative efficiency of markets. Prerequisites: ABUS 301 and MATH 105. Course Objectives: I have two main objectives in this course. The first is to help you develop conceptual tools you can use to understand, evaluate, and predict agricultural commodity price movements. This involves working with economic models of perfectly and imperfectly competitive markets to explore how shocks to supply and demand affect agricultural prices within and across individual markets. My second objective is to help you develop a level of statistical literacy that will enable you to better understand and critique data and conclusions presented by popular news outlets, trade journals, and other sources. In the process, the course will enhance your ability to gather, analyze, interpret, and present data. You will: 1. Learn methods for generating and/or gathering primary and secondary data, and the importance of data types and their appropriate uses. 2. Learn to clearly and concisely describe and present data using graphs, tables, and narrative description.College of Agriculture California State University, Chico 2 3. Learn to develop and critique research questions and hypotheses, the appropriate uses of controlled and observational experiments, and to search for answers using data summary statistics and regression models. 4. Learn to construct, analyze, and interpret simple- and multiple-regression models to explore statistical relationships between data such as agricultural prices and their determinants. Textbook and Required Readings There is not a required textbook for this course. Required readings will be posted online. Course Management/Policies Dropping and Adding You are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drops, academic renewal, etc. found http://www.csuchico.edu/catalog/ . You should be aware of the new deadlines and penalties for adding and dropping classes. Academic Integrity Students are expected to be familiar with the University’s Academic Integrity Policy. Your own commitment to learning, as evidenced by your enrollment at California State University, Chico, and the University’s Academic Integrity Policy requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. The policy on academic integrity and other resources related to student conduct can be found at: http://www.csuchico.edu/sjd/integrity.shtml. Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the DSS Office (Disability Support Services) to establish a record of their disability. Special accommodations for exams require ample notice to the testing office and must be submitted to the instructor well in advance of the exam date. Student Services Student services are designed to assist students in the development of their full academic potential and to motivate them to become self-directed learners. Students can find support for services such as skills assessment, individual or group tutorials, subject advising, learningCollege of Agriculture California State University, Chico 3 Homework is a BIG deal!! assistance, summer academic preparation and basic skills development. Student services information can be found at: http://www.csuchico.edu/current-students. Disability Services If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability or chronic illness, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Please also contact Disability Support Services (DSS) as they are the designated department responsible for approving and coordinating reasonable accommodations and services for students with disabilities. DSS will help you understand your rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act and provide you further assistance with requesting and arranging accommodations. The Disability Support Services website is http://www.csuchico.edu/dss . Student Learning Center The mission of the Student Learning Center (SLC) is to provide services that will assist CSU, Chico students to become independent learners. The SLC prepares and supports students in their college course work by offering a variety of programs and resources to meet student needs. The SLC facilitates the academic transition and retention of students from high schools and community colleges by providing study strategy information, content subject tutoring, and supplemental instruction. The SLC is online at http://www.csuchico.edu/slc . The University Writing Center has been combined with the Student Learning Center. College of Agriculture Common Course Policies Students are expected to read and adhere to all course policies found in the College of Agriculture Common Course Policies found at: http://www.csuchico.edu/ag/_assets/documents/syllabi/COACommonSyllabusPolicies.pdf These policies include things like: turn off your cell phone during class. Missed Classes/Late Work Policy Unless approved by me on a case-by-case basis, NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED, AND NO MAKE-UP ASSIGNMENTS OR EXTRA CREDIT WILL BE OFFERED. Generally, if you miss an assignment with a serious and documented excuse, such as a medical or family emergency (this does not include colds and flu), then that assignment will be omitted from your grade and more weight will be placed on another assignment. Grading Grades will be determined by: Approximate


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