(Monday/Wednesday, 12:30-1:45, J-253)
Macroeconomic by Campbell R.
McConnell, Brue, and Flynn, 19th edition,
BUYING the Tomlinson Videos on
USING the Tomlinson Videos on Thinkwell:
Finally, you will want to have the VIDEO NOTES handy when you are watching the videos
The Yellow Pages are packet of worksheets. We will do many of the graphing exercises in class and some of the Quick Quizzes. You will not get points for doing them, but I think you will find them very useful while you prepare for the quizzes and exams.
The Yellow Pages are available to you for free in class or on our Blackboard site. Answers to the Yellow Pages are also available on Blackboard. Make sure you CHECK YOUR ANSWERS.
Study Guide For Macroeconomics, McConnell/Brue/Walstad, 19th edition, McGraw-Hill, 2012
Almost every day we hear news reports of economic problems and successes from around the world. All over the world, countries are undertaking economic reforms (often called GLOBALIZATION or STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENT POLICIES) that their leaders believe will provide their citizens with lower unemployment and higher living standards.
For more information see: The 5Es of Economics
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The final grade for the class will be awarded according to the following point system. Changes may be made to this grading policy. All changes will be announced in class and posted on Blackboard.
Letter grades will be awarded as follows:
Number and Points
Approximate % of Total
1 syllabus quiz
24 @ 2 points each.
16 @ 1 point each
3 @ 10 points each.
3 comprehensive unit exams
Unit 1: 40 points
Unit 2: 45 points
Unit 3: 50 points
Comprehensive Final Exam
80 multiple choice questions, COMPREHENSIVE
TOTAL: 314 POINTS
90%=A, 80%=B, 70%=C, 60%=D, below 60%=F
Syllabus Quiz (5 points): The syllabus quiz will be taken online via our class Blackboard site. It can be taken as many times as you wish. See schedule. Only the highest score will count.
Prequizzes (2 points each day of class): BEFORE CLASS a short quiz must be taken that will cover the material in the assigned video lectures and textbook readings. Some prequizzes can be taken three times, some can only be taken twice. All prequizzes must be finished by 7:30 the morning of the lesson. After that they will no longer be available. Once you have completed a prequiz and when it is no longer available you can still access your results by going to MY GRADES on Blackboard and clicking on your score. This could be helpful when studying for exams.
Required Activity (1 point for each chapter): The "Required Activities" are to be taken on Blackboard after we have competed each chapter. They usually consist of about 20 multiple choice questions. They can be taken as many times as you wish and only the highest score will count. Required activities for each unit should be finished BEFORE the unit exam. In order to be allowed to take a unit exam retake (see below), you must have finished all the unit's required activities BEFORE the unit exam.
Papers (3 at 10 points each) Papers can be rewritten for full credit with the following restrictions:
- original papers must be turned in by the due date to earn the chance to be rewritten. Papers turned in late cannot be rewritten. Please note that papers are either graded as an "1" or an "10", so the chance to rewrite the paper is important.
- No rewrites can be handed in later than the 6th class period from the date the original is handed back. NOTE: the paper3 must be handed in BEFORE the final exam.
- You must hand in all earlier drafts with each rewrite.
For more information see PAPERS.
Exams (NOTE: All exams are compreshensive)
- Comprehensive Unit Exams (135 points): There will be three in-class unit exams. The unit 1 exam will consist of 40 multiple choice questions and a three point extra credit essay question. The exam for unit 2 will have 45 questions (40 from unit 2 and 5 from unit 1) and a three point extra credit question. The exam for unit 3 will have 50 questions (40 from unit 3 and 10 from units 1 and 2) and a three point extra credit essay question. The exams are NOT open book, NOT open notes, and you can NOT bring in a sheet of notes or formulas.
- Comprehensive Retake Exams The unit exams will have an OPTIONAL RETAKE EXAM for those who want to study harder and improve their grades. In order to be allowed to take the retake, you must have finished all the unit's Required Activities (see link on Blackboard) BEFORE the unit exam. The number of questions will be the same as the unit exams. They will be comprehensive and they will have a three-point extra gredit short answer question.
- Comprehensive Final Exam (80 points): A final exam consisting of 80 multiple choice questions will be given during final exam week. The final exam will cover material from all four units.
Prequizzes:Prequizzes are worth 2 points a day (total 48 points or approximately 15% of the total grade). These must be completed before 7:30 a.m. on the day of class. No make-ups are allowed. "Stuff" happens. GET AHEAD! Some prequizzes can be taken only twice and some can be taken three times.
Exams:Students will be allowed to take an exam at a time other than the scheduled class period only IF:1. the instructor is notified BEFORE the scheduled exam time AND
2. the student has a very good reason to miss the exam at the scheduled time.
Required Activities:These can be taken as many times as necessary. Only the highest score will count.
- If the papers are handed in by their due dates then they can be re-written as many times as necessary.
- No rewrites can be handed in later than the 6th class period from the date the original is handed back.
- If a paper is handed in late (after the original due date) then no rewrites will be allowed, but the paper can still be handed in before the fianl due date. Remember. papers are either graded an "F" (1-3 points) or an "A" (10 points). Hand your papers in on time!
IMPORTANT: For exact reading assignments see: LESSONS. We may not read the whole chapter or a "chapter" may include pages from other chapters, so always check the "LESSONS" page before reading
UNIT 1 - WHAT IS ECONOMICS and GLOBALIZATION
Introduction to Efficiency and to the Study of Economics
The Role of Government in the Global Economy
Efficiency and Markets: Supply and Demand
Efficiency, Specialization, and Exchange (Trade)
UNIT 2 - INTRODUCTION TO MACROECONOMICS
* Chapter 22W is online at:
A Model of the Macro Economy: AS and AD
An Introduction to Macroeconomics
Business Cycles: Unemployment and Inflation
Measuring Domestic Output
Ch. 22 W*
The Economics of Developing Economies
UNIT 3- -MONETARY POLICY
The Money Market
How Banks Create Money
UNIT 4- -FISCAL POLICY
The Spending Multiplier
NOTE: This outline may be changed. All changes will be posted on the Blackboard announcements, announced in class, and sent via e-mail.
Class attendance is strongly recommended, but not required. Former students have indicated that the material covered in class is very helpful at the time of the examinations.
This is a difficult course! There is an old rule of thumb concerning studying for college courses: on average students should study TWO hours for every ONE hour of class. This is an average, which means some courses require more study time and some less. You may find that economics requires MORE.
The following suggestions should help you learn economics:
- GET AHEAD!. There will be assignments for each day of class. You should try to be at least one to two days (one week) ahead. See the LESSONS and the SCHEDULE.
- STUDY This is a difficult course! There is an old rule of thumb concerning studying for college courses: on average students should study TWO hours for every ONE hour of class. Since this is a 3 credit-hour course you should plan to study microeconomics 6 hours per week. This is an average, which means some courses require more study time and some less. You may find that economics requires more.
- BEFORE CLASS EACH DAY: (a) watch the video lectures, (b) read the assigned readings, and (c) take the prequiz. See LESSONS for the daily assignments.
- READ THE BOOK! Passive reading of the textbook is not very helpful. Read with a pen in your hand and a notebook on which to list, repeat, copy, calculate, etc. ALSO, pay close attention to the TABLES and GRAPHS. THEY ARE IMPORTANT. Many students do not read the textbook and many students fail the class or withdraw. I believe the two are related.
- WATCH THE VIDEOS! Passive watching of the video lectures is not very helpful either. Most of the Tomlinson videos have an online review quiz (Thinkwell Exercise), transcripts, and lecture notes. Use them. Also, I have watched each of the assigned video lectures and taken my own notes. These VIDEO NOTES are available on our Blackboard site. Once you log in to the Thinkwell class site click on the "Chapter Checklist" link for a list of the videos by their number. Many students do not watch and many students fail the class or withdraw. I believe the two are related. Students have told me that the videos are VERY HELPFUL. If you want a good grade then watch the videos.
- ATTEND CLASS Come to class each day and come prepared to work. You will get a lot of your studying done during class. Please don't be late. NO CELL PHONES can be used in class.
- DO PROBLEMS. If you don't do the problems you will do poorly on the quizzes and exams.
Many are available on our Blackboard site. Begin with the REQUIRED ACTIVITIES (since you earn points for doing them) and the YELLOW PAGES. Then, do other exercises that can be found in the PRACTICE EXERCISES section of the Blackboard menu. Also, there are review quizzes (THINKWELL EXERCISES) for most of the online video lectures (VIDEO LOGIN).
- GET HELP
- See the instructor duing office hours.. This should be done EARLY in the semester.
- Or, ask questions in class and on the Blackboard Discussion Board.
- The Tutoring Center also offers help.
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- APPLY the concepts learned in class to the "real world" including issues in the news and aspects of your personal life.
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9a 11/4 - Exam 2 11/16
- 16a 11/23 - Exam 3 11/25 Thanksgiving | | 12/14 - Final Exam - 1:45-3:30
- Syllabus Quiz
- last day for paper 1 rewrites
- last day for paper 2 rewrite
9/7 Labor Day
10/5 Exam 1
11/4 - Exam 2
11/23 - Exam 3
12/14 - Final Exam - 1:45-3:30
LAST DAY TO DROP THE CLASS: Sunday, 11/22
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