Messages to S201 Students from Professor Williams
This course introduces students to the wonderful world of college-level microeconomics. Professor Williams is large, furry, rarely drools and enjoys helping students one-on-one in his office. He teaches a highly structured course, designed for students who enjoy learning and want to be challenged. Attending lectures, taking good notes, and studying the notes are the keys to success in this class. If regular class attendance is not part of your college routine, this section of Introduction to Microeconomics is likely to have a negative impact on your GPA. There are certainly easier ways to get three credits at I.U., and probably easier ways to get three credits in E201.
Grading is based on the student's performance on exams and three computer-based extra-credit exercises. Exams are usually a mix of multiple choice, short highly-focused essays, and some numerical problems.
Comments on course evaluations range from, "This was a great class ... I always knew what was expected of me, I learned a lot, and enjoyed doing it" to "This guy was an unreasonable maniac ... the exams were impossible and I always felt lost and intimidated." Trying to teach good classes at a large public university is a great challenge. The objective evidence suggests that the course is neither easy nor impossible.