The University of Texas at Austin GOV 341M

Professor Jim Enelow Spring 2016

BAT 3.102, jenelow@austin.utexas.edu MW 3-430PM

Office hours, M, W, F 930-1030AM WAG 214

Unique 37890

**DECISION THEORY**

Survey of game theory, a mathematical theory of strategic interaction. Also, a logical analysis of different methods of election.

**Required Reading**

Joel Watson, STRATEGY: An Introduction to Game Theory. 2nd edition. W.W. Norton, 2008.

Below each reading are a chapter number and a list of exercises, which can be found at the end of the chapter. It is strongly recommended that these exercises be attempted before they are done in class. Parts of the Appendix (App) are also assigned. If you bought the 3rd edition of Watson, see me for the assignments.

There is no T.A. for this class, so I am available outside of my office hours. You can e-mail me and request an appointment or you can simply stop by my office anytime.

This is an applied math course and carries the Quantitative Reasoning flag. It is assumed that you are able to do simple calculations with fractions or decimals, solve linear equations in one or two variables, solve quadratic equations, and understand sets, functions, probability, expected value, and infinite series. If you are unfamiliar with any or all of these topics, please seek my help outside of class.

In addition, this course is supported by Peer-Led Undergraduate Studying. PLUS study groups provide an opportunity to collaboratively practice skills and knowledge you need for success in this course. Feel free to attend any study group at any point in the semester; more information on times and locations will be available through Canvas or announced in class. Go to wikis.utexas.edu/display/PLUS or Facebook to find out more about PLUS.

**Exams**

There will be three in-class multiple-choice exams covering material from each of the three sections of the course. Each exam is of the problem-solving type, similar to the SAT math exam. There is no final exam. A make-up exam (not multiple-choice) will be given only if an exam is missed for a valid reason. There will also be three announced quizzes. There are no make-up quizzes.

**Grades**

The first two exams will have about 16 to 20 questions, the third 14 to 16 questions. Each quiz will have 2 or 3 questions. Each question is worth one point. The points you receive on the three exams and your highest-scoring quiz are added together to determine your total score. These scores will be curved to determine your final grade, approximating the following distribution: 30% A’s, 35% B’s, 20% C’s, 10% D’s and 5% F’s. Plus and minus grades will be given for total scores falling just above or below the boundary lines between grades. After the boundary lines have been determined, the score a student receives on his second-highest quiz will be added to his total score as extra credit to determine his final grade. Extra credit can raise a student’s grade at most to the next highest grade level (e.g. from a B+ to an A-).