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EC 141 Principles of Macroeconomics
Nicholls, Alan V.


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Course

EC 141 Principles of Economics I (Macro)

Semester

S1QQ 2009 HI

Faculty

Nicholls, Alan V.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Masters in Econometrics (University of Utah)

Office Location

Before and after class

Office Hours

Before and after class

Other Phone

546-6629

E-Mail

Alan.Nicholls@park.edu

Semester Dates

Jan. 12 to Mar. 08

Class Days

--T-H---

Class Time

4:30 - 7:15 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Case, K. and Fair, R. Principles of Economics. Pearson-Prentice Hall. New Jersey. ISBN-10: 0132289148
ISBN-13: 9780132289146

 

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Course Description:
A study of the contemporary American economy; the role of investment, consumption, and government on income determination; and an analysis of the foreign sector. Emphasis is on contemporary problems: unemployment, inflation, and growth. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Students will develop an understanding of the concepts of macroeconomics through examples of economic models. Many models include examples of real-life problems that appeal to and motivate students.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Graph supply and demand in a single graph, define basic items or concepts related to the graph, and use the graph to explain the process by which a good's equilibrium price and quantity are attained.
  2. Graph the short-run aggregate demand-aggregate supply model (assuming the economy is in the expansionary phase of the business cycle) in a single graph and define basic items or concepts related to the graph. Define cost-push inflation and demand-pull inflation. Use the graph to identify shifts in the AD/AS curves reflecting the two types of inflation, and identify subsequent changes in the price-level and real output.
  3. Define expansionary and contractionary fiscal policies, including the means by which they are achieved. Use the graph of the aggregate demand-aggregate supply model drawn in Learning Outcome #3 to identify shifts in the AD/AS curves and subsequent impacts of these policies on real output and the price level.
  4. Define tight and easy monetary policies, including the Federal Reserve tools used to achieve them and when each type of policy would be appropriate. Use the graph of the aggregate demand-aggregate supply model drawn in Learning Outcome #3 to identify shifts in the AD/AS curves and subsequent impacts of these policies on real output and the price level.
  5. Use the circular flow model to explain why Gross Domestic Product can be measured either through the income or expenditures approach.


Core Assessment:

All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures the course Learning Outcomes. The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities. For this course, the core assessment is a final exam to be administered in all sections of EC 141. This exam is worth 30 percent of the student’s final grade and will test students’ mastery of core learning outcomes through short essay Tools and Methods of Economics questions, Graphical Problems in he Communications section, and Critical Thinking short-answer questions. For each core learning outcome, the student should be prepared to draw the relevant graph, define basic concepts or policies, identify relevant shifts in the curves, and state final impacts on relevant variables.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Four homework assignments each worth 5% of the final grade. (100 total points - 25 points each assignment)

The critical paper will be worth 20% of the final grade. (100 points)

Midterm worth 30% of the final grade. (150 points)

Final worth 30% of the final grade. (150 points)
 
The comprehensive final is not a take-home test and it is a closed book and closed notes exam.

Total of 500 points from all graded assignments. 

Grading:

A = 90 - 100
B = 80 – 89.9
C = 70 – 79.9
D = 60 – 69.9
F = 0 - 59.0
 

Homework assignments - 5% each. (100 total points - 25 points each assignment)

Paper - 20%. (100 points)

Midterm - 30%. (150 points)

Final - 30%. (150 points)
 
Total - 100%. (500 points)

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business and Management courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth. Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Dean of the School of Business and Management.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
No credit will be given for any work received late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are required to conduct themselves in a proper manner and should be respectful of the instructor and of fellow students.  Common courtesies from all attendees are expected.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: Chapters 1-4 Introduction to the economic perspective Macro, micro and the economizing problem Efficiency and growth Laws of demand and supply    Homework 1
Week 2: Chapters 18-20 Introduction to macroeconomics, measuring GDP, growth, unemployment and inflation.
Week 3: Chapters 21-24 Aggregate Expenditures Model and Money and Banking.    Homework 2
Week 4: Chapters 25-26 Continuation of Money and AD-AS Framework.  Midterm
Week 5: Chapters 27-30 Labor Market, Stock Market, and Macroeconomic issues.    Homework 3
Week 6: Chapters 31-33 Growth, International Trade, and Classical vs. Keynesian Debate.    Homework 4
Week 7: Chapters 34-36 Globalization, Balance of Payments, and Economic Development.
Week 8: Paper due, Review, Final. 

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Critical Thinking                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Outcomes
Short answer questions with a Maximum value of 88 Points                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Nearly all causes or processes of economic phenomena are perfectly identified and stated. (79 points or more of 88 points) Most causes or processes of economic phenomena are correctly identified and stated. (61 to78 points of  88 points) Most causes or processes of economic phenomena are not correctly identified and stated. (44 to 62 points  of 88 points) No causes or processes of economic phenomena are stated clearly. (43 to 0 points of  88 points) 
Effective Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
Graphical Problems and completion of Graphs with a maximum value of 140 points.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
All definitions of curves or items identified on graphs are stated nearly perfectly.  (126  points or more of 140 points) Most definitions of curves or items identified on graphs are stated correctly. (98 to 125 points of 140 points) Most definitions of curves or items identified on graphs are not stated correctly. (70 to 97 points of 140 points) No definitions of curves or items on graphs are stated clearly.

(0 to 69 points of 140 points)

 
Tools and Methods of Economics                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
This examines tools and methods of economic analysis using short essay questions with a maximum value of 72 points.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
All definitions of are stated nearly perfectly.  (65 points or more of 72 points) Most definitions are stated correctly. (98 to 125 points of 72 points) Most definitions are not stated correctly. (70 to 97 points of 72 points) No definitions are stated clearly.

(0 to 69 points of 72 points)

 

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