In order to successfully complete this course, you must demonstrate your understanding of the course materials by:

Here is an overview of all of the different types of assignments in the course. You can find detailed directions for the assignments and the grading rubrics in the module where they are assigned.

MindTap Homework Assignments

The MindTap activities are tied directly to each chapter in the Mankiw textbook. These MindTap activities include problems sets that will allow you to hone your abilities to connect the concepts learned to solve problems in an interactive graphical mode. Each chapter will have graded problem sets. You will be able to try each problem in the set up to three times before your work is graded. The other graded MindTap activity will periodically involve reading an online news article and answering a few multiple-choice questions about the article. You will also be asked to discuss questions related to the news articles with your classmates.

Discussion Activities

The Discussion Board activities will generally involve reading the textbook and then applying the learned concepts to your own life and the society we live in. After explaining your own perspective, you will view others' and contribute to their understanding.


There will be three exams in this course - two proctored and one at home through MindTap.

Exams 1 and 2 must be taken in a proctored environment. These proctored exams may be multiple choice, short-answer, or essay questions, or some combination. They are worth 100 points each, and there is a time limit. For both proctored exams, you may use ONLY a handheld, non-programmable calculator without Internet access and scrap paper. Please find the information on how to take a proctored exams in the Taking Exams and Using Exam Passes section below.

The Mindtap exam will be taken online at home. You WILL NOT take this at the Testing Center. The exam covers the full set of material for the entire course. You will be given guidance on what will be on the exam. For the Final exam, you will have a time limit and you only have one attempt at answering the questions.