(Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30-10:45, J-253)
Macroeconomic by Campbell R.
McConnell, Brue, and Flynn, 19th edition,
Study Guide For Macroeconomics, McConnell/Brue/Walstad, 19th edition, McGraw-Hill, 2012
PRINTED STUDY GUIDE
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.
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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:
1 syllabus quiz
5 points, taken online (Blackboard)
13 Required Activities
The Required Activities are online (Blackboard) chapter review quizzes of about 20 multiple choice questions. They are worth two points per quiz/chapter. They can be retaken as many times as you wish and only the highest score will be included in the grade book.
10 points each. Papers can be rewritten for full credit with the following restrictions:
- original papers must be turned in by the due dates to earn the chance to be rewritten. Papers turned in late cannot be rewritten. Please note that papers are either graded as an "1", "2", "3", 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 third paper must be handed in BEFORE the final exam.
- You must hand in all earlier drafts with each rewrite.
For more information see PAPERS.
5 in-class quizzes
10 multiple choice questions, 1 point each, best 4 of 5 counted
3 unit exams
40 multiple choice questions each. Each of the three unit exams will also have an extra credit essay question worth about 3 points.
80 multiple choice questions, COMPREHENSIVE
TOTAL: 301 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.
Required Activity (2 points for each chapter): The "Required Activities" are to be taken on Blackboard after we have competed each chapter. They consist of 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, 2, or 3" or an "10", either a "F" or an "A", so the chance to rewrite the paper is important.
- before writing the any rewrite after the first, you must see the instructor or the Supplemental Instruction leader for assistance
- No rewrites can be handed in later than the 6th class period from the date the original is handed back.
For more information see PAPERS.
Unit Exams (40 points each): There will be three in-class unit exams consisting of 40 multiple choice questions 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.
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 BEFORE the unit exam.
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 three units.
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. 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: Assignments. We may not read the whole chapter or a "chapter" may include pages from other chapters, so always check the "Assignments" page before reading
UNIT 1 - WHAT IS ECONOMICS and GLOBALIZATIONPart 1 Why is the World Moving to Capitalism?
Introduction to Efficiency and to the Study of Economics
An Introduction to the Global Economy
Part 2 How Capitalism Works
Efficiency and Markets: Supply and Demand
Efficiency, Specialization, and Exchange (Trade)
Market Failure and The Role of Government in a Market Economy
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- -MACROECONOMIC POLICY
Ch. 10, 13
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.
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 ASSIGNMENTS 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. Don't try to skip the textbook reaqding or the assigned videos or you may be retaking the course.
- BEFORE CLASS EACH DAY: (a) watch the video lectures, (b) read the assigned readings, and (c) ewview the lesson outcomes See ASSIGNMENTS 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! You will find thenm useful.
- ATTEND CLASS Come to class each day and come prepared to work. Your instructor will review the material from the textbook, add additional material, and answer questions. Come to class with your questions and problems. While in class TAKE NOTES and lots of them! We will go fast. If you want something repeated, ASK. 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.
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 STUDY GUIDE (see ASSIGNMENTS) and the EXAM REVIEW link on Blackboard.
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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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The numbers (1a, 1b, 2a, etc.) in this calendar refer to Daily Lessons that can be found on the assignments web page. There you will find the reading and video assignments. Click on the date and lesson number to go directly to the assignments for that lesson.
| | 1/22
- 1d 1/27-
2a 2/12 No school 2/19
- 5a 2/26 Review 3/3 - Exam 1 3/10-
12b 3/24 Spring Break 3/26 Spring Break | | 4/7 - Exam 2 4/14
- 15a 4/16
- 16a 5/5 Review 5/7 - Exam 3 5/12 - Final
Exam 9:55-11:40 | | | | |
- Online Syllabus Quiz
- Quiz 1
- Quiz 3
- last day for paper 1 rewrites
- last day for paper 2 rewrite
- Quiz 5
- last day for paper 3 rewrite
2/12 No school
3/3 - Exam 1
3/24 Spring Break
3/26 Spring Break
4/7 - Exam 2
5/7 - Exam 3
5/12 - Final Exam 9:55-11:40
LAST DAY TO DROP THE CLASS: Sunday, 4/19
Click on the dates above for the daily videos, textbook readings, and lesson outcomes.
- Paper 1 - Supply and Demand - Tue., 2/10
Last day for rewrites: 3/10
- Paper 2 - Agg. Demand and Agg. Supply - Thur., 3/12
Last day for rewrites: 4/14
- Paper 3 - Monetary Policy - Thur., 4/23
Last day for rewrites: 5/7
For more information on the papers see:
- Quiz 1, Scarcity and the 5Es - Tue., 1/27
- Quiz 2, Ch. 3 - Supply and Demand - Tue., 2/10
- Quiz 3, Ch. 20 - Comparative Advantage - Thur., 2/19
- Quiz 4, Ch. 12 - Agg. D. and Agg. S - Thur., 3/12
- Quiz 5, Ch. 15 - Money Creation - Thur., 4/16
- Syllabus Quiz, on, or before, Thur., 1/22
- Exam 1: Tue., 3/3
- Exam 2: Tue., 4/7
- Exam 3: Thur., 5/7
- Final Exam: Tues., 5/12
9:55-11:40 in room J-253
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