Welcome to the web page for
Economics 106 (Decision Making)
WINTER  2021

This class will be offered remotely 

For information about student resources related to remote learning please visit
https://keepteaching.ucdavis.edu/student-resources

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WARNING!
You are expected to be familiar with the UC Davis Code of Academic Conduct (http://sja.ucdavis.edu/files/cac.pdf).
Any suspected violation will be reported to the office of Student Support and Judicial Affairs.
  If you are found by SSJA to have cheated on a quiz or exam,  you will receive an "F" in the entire course.  
WARNING!
WARNING!
This is a conceptually demanding class.
To earn a passing grade you need to work hard
If you are not prepared to devote a lot of time and effort  to this class you are strongly advised not to enroll in it.

WARNING!

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 Instructor: Professor Giacomo Bonanno   email:  gfbonanno@ucdavis.edu

                            Teaching Assistant 1: Tamoghna Halder (Section A04, 8:10-9pm)) 
e-mail
Office Hours
thalder@ucdavis.edu 
    Wednesday 5-6:30pm and Friday 4:30pm-6pm

                             Teaching Assistant 2: William Volkmann  (Sections A01 and A05, 5:10-6pm)
e-mail
Office Hours
wmvolckmann@ucdavis.edu
  Wednesday 7-9pm

                            Teaching Assistant 3: Minfei Xu (Section A03, 7:10-8pm)
e-mail
Office Hours
mfxu@ucdavis.edu
    Thursday 1-3pm and 6-7pm

                            Teaching Assistant 4: Tina Danting Zhang (Sections A02 and A06, 6:10-7pm)   
e-mail
Office Hours
tdzhang@ucdavis.edu
    Monday 2-4pm

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Syllabus:   106 Syllabus W21.pdf   (Please read carefully, in particular the important rules concerning this course)

TEXTBOOK (Open Access: free download):  http://faculty.econ.ucdavis.edu/faculty/bonanno/DM_Book.html

       
   CLASSES:  


TESTING and GRADES:
Each week (starting from Week 2) there will be an online quiz, worth 10 points. On the officially scheduled time for the final exam you will take a comprehensive online final exam consisting of three separate quizzes, each worth 10 points.
Your overall class grade will be based on your performance in the weekly online quizzes and on the online final exam quizzes, with equal weights. Note that the two quizzes with the lowest scores will
be automatically dropped (a missed quiz, for whatever reason, will count as a quiz with a zero score and thus will be one of the two dropped quizzes; one or both of the dropped quizzes can be final-exam quizzes: see example below). For example, suppose that your scores are:

Quiz Week 2: 10 points,  Quiz Week 3: 4 points,  Quiz Week 4: 7 points,  Quiz Week 5: 7 points, Quiz Week 6: 9 points, 
Quiz
Week 7: 6 points,  Quiz Week 8: 8 points,  Quiz Week 9:  6 points,  Quiz Week 10: 7 points.
FINAL_1:  8 points,   FINAL_2:  
0 points (missed quiz),   FINAL_3:  7 points

Total score (dropping Quiz 3 and Final_2): 75 points (= 75%).  Then your class score will be 75

I will then assign grades according to the following table. 
(In the example above, where the class score is 75, the grade would normally be B-)

score
100-98
97-93
92-88
87-83
82-78
77-73
72-68
67-63
62-58
57-53
52-48
47-43
42-0
grade
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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LINKS to RECORDED LECTURES 
The recorded lectures are available on two platforms: Youtube and AggieVideo. Choose the platform that works better for you. 

Please note: if you find a mistake in a video, please check the associated slides (links below) for corrections. For example, there are corrections at the top of the first slide in the file Video_02B_slides. (If the mistake has not been corrected please make me aware of it.)


SLIDES used in the videos:    
Week 1
Video 01A slides.pdf           Video 01B slides.pdf           Video 01C slides.pdf            Video 01D slides.pdf
Week 2
   Video 02A slides.pdf             Video 02B slides.pdf           Video 02C slides.pdf        
Week 3 Video 03A slides.pdf             Video 03B slides.pdf           Video 03C slides.pdf    
Week 4
Video 04A slides.pdf           Video 04B slides.pdf             Video 04C slides.pdf            Video 04D slides.pdf
Week 5 Video 05A slides.pdf             Video 05B slides.pdf           Video 05C slides.pdf
Week 6 Video 06A slides.pdf       Video 06B slides.pdf       Video 06C slides.pdf       Video 06D slides.pdf    
Week 7 Video 07A slides.pdf       Video 07B slides.pdf       Video 07C slides.pdf   
Week 8 Video 08A slides.pdf       Video 08B slides.pdf       Video 08C slides.pdf   
Week 9 Video 09A slides.pdf       Video 09B slides.pdf        
Week 10 Video 10A slides.pdf       Video 10B slides.pdf       Video 10C slides.pdf  






WEEKLY QUIZZES and FINAL Exam.
Please note the following rules while you are taking an exam on Canvas:
  • you can use a calculator (scientific calculator is acceptable) and scrap paper, but no other material
  • don't communicate with other students during your exam in any way: no talking, texting, chatting, etc.
  • make sure that all phones, notes or materials are stored away and out of sight; phones or notes that are visible constitutes academic misconduct
  • while taking the exam on Canvas you are not permitted to have other applications, browsers or tabs open; you are not allowed to search the internet for answers, or look at the textbook or at past quizzes/exams or at any material on the web page for this class
  • don’t sit with friends or study partners during exams; if you have similar answers, you are more likely to be suspected of misconduct (and potentially found responsible) if you sat next to each other.
  • wait until after the exam window closes to go online or communicate with other students to check your answers
  • please visit the following page:  Suggestions for Avoiding Academic Misconduct

The recorded lectures are organized by week. Each weekly quiz is based on the material covered in the recorded lectures for that week and the corresponding chapter(s) in the textbook.


  • Quiz Week 2:  Friday of Week 2 (last 35 minutes of class time)
    • Watch the recorded lectures for Weeks 1 and  2
    • Read Chapters 2, 3 and 4 of the textbook
    • Try all the exercises in Chapters 2, 3 and 4
    • Examples of quiz questions: Week_2_Quiz.pdf
     
  • Quiz Week 3:  Friday of Week 3 (last 35 minutes of class time)
    • Watch the recorded lectures for Week 3
    • Read Chapter 5 of the textbook (make an effort to understand Section 5.3, but there is no need to memorize the axioms)
    • Try all the exercises in Chapter 5
    • Examples of quiz questions: Week_3_Quiz.pdf

  • Quiz Week 4:  Friday of Week 4 (last 35 minutes of class time)
    • Watch the recorded lectures for Week 4
    • Read Chapter 6 of the textbook 
    • Try all the exercises in Chapter 6
    • Examples of quiz questions: Week_4_Quiz.pdf

  • Quiz Week 5: Friday of Week 5 (last 35 minutes of class time) 
    • Watch the recorded lectures for Week 5
    • Read Chapters 7 and 8 (skip Section 8.3) of the textbook
    • Try all the exercises in Chapters 7 and 8 (except for those relating to Section 8.3)
    • Examples of quiz questions:  Week_5_Quiz.pdf
  • Quiz Week 6:  Friday of Week 6 (last 35 minutes of class time)
    • Watch the recorded lectures for Week 6
    • Read Chapter 9  of the textbook (skip Section 9.4)
    • Try all the exercises in Chapter 9 (except those for Section 9.4)
    • Examples of quiz questions: Week_6_Quiz.pdf
     
  • Quiz Week 7:  Friday of Week 7 (last 35 minutes of class time)
    • Watch the recorded lectures for Week 7
    • Read Chapter 10 of the textbook (except Section 10.5)
    • Try all the exercises in Chapter 10 (except those for Section 10.5)
    • Examples of quiz questions: Week_7_Quiz.pdf

  • Quiz Week 8: Friday of Week 8 (last 35 minutes of class time) 
    • Watch the recorded lectures for Week 8
    • Read Chapter 11 of the textbook
    • Try all the exercises in Chapter 11
    • Examples of quiz questions:  Week_8_Quiz.pdf
  • Quiz Week 9:  Friday of Week 9 (last 35 minutes of class time)
    • Watch the recorded lectures for Week 9
    • Read Chapter 12 of the textbook
    • Try all the exercises in Chapter 12
    • Examples of quiz questions: Week_9_Quiz.pdf

  • Quiz Week 10:  Friday of Week 10 (last 35 minutes of class time)
    • Watch the recorded lectures for Week 10
    • Read Chapter 13, Chapter 9 Section 9.4, Chapter 10 Section 10.5
    • Try the exercises in Chapter 13, in Chapter 9 Section 9.5.4 and Chapter 10 Section 10.6.4
    • Examples of quiz questions: Week_10_Quiz.pdf
  • Final exam  (it consists of three separate quizzes, each quiz similar to the weekly quizzes)
    • Topics covered: The final is comprehensive
    • Reading: all the chapters in the textbook with two exceptions: (1) in Chapter 5: make an effort to understand Section 5.3, but there is no need to memorize the axioms, (2) in Chapter 8 you can skip Section 8.3
    • You should try all the exercises in the textbook (except those in Sections 5.4.3 and 8.5.3)