EC301 Intermediate Macroeconomics

for S2T 2006

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EC 301 Intermediate Macroeconomics


S2T 2006 DLB


Bowen, John E.

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Semester Dates

March 13, 2006 - May 7, 2006

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Class Time




Credit Hours


A. Gordon, Macroeconomics. 10th ed. ISBN: 0-321-27880-1.  
B. Soule, Intermediate Macroeconomics Supplement for Internet Course. (Hereinafter IMS)  ISBN 007-235019-9  
C. STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: Hacker, Diana. Rules for Writers.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
The Following Print Sources are known for correctly using economic analysis.  Additionally, these sources are aimed at the undergraduate non-economics major.

Wall Street Journal.  (Available by semester subscription, which includes on-line version AND AT THE PARK ONLINE LIBRARY).

The Economist (This is a monthly magazine similar in appearance to Newsweek or Time.)

Journal of Economic Literature (Has excellent survey articles with numerous references.)

Journal of Economic Perspectives (Has several articles on a common topic in each issue.)

National Review (This is a conservative magazine that includes excellent economic analysis.)  

These Internet Sources are particularly appropriate for Term Paper Research

Economics Web Resources (WebEc)

Federal Reserve System Information          

Gordon Text Website  (Requires access code)

National Bureau of Economic Research                                    

OMB Web Page (Fed Budget)

US Federal Gov Agency Page, LSU Library


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Course Description:
This course begins with a review of national income concepts including national income accounting. It analyzes fiscal and monetary policy using the ISLM model. The primary course focus is on the critical analysis of fiscal, monetary, new Keynesian, and new classical models and their success in explaining economic stability and the stimulation of economic growth. Pre-requisite: EC141. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the evolution of the monetarist and new classical theories.
  2. Describe how new-Keynesian theory justifies the Keynesian the Keynesian policy prescriptions.
  3. Explain the relationship between the government budget deficit and the trade deficit.
  4. Explain how national savings determines the trade deficit, not protectionism.
  5. Define supply-side economics and discuss how it explains the government spending deficit.
  6. Analyze graphically the AD-AS model, the Keynesian cross, and the IS-LM model.  Identify all relevant curves and causes for shifts in the curves.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Research and write a term paper on a macroeconomics topic.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Grading Policy

Grading Criteria –
Evaluation Item Points
Course Participation 100 (10%_
WEEKLY Homework 120 (12%)
WEEK 2 Term Paper Topic 30 (3%)
WEEK 4 Open-Book MID-TERM TEST 150 (15%)
WEEK 5 Term Paper Proposal and References 150 (15%)
WEEK 7 Term Paper 150 (15%)
1000 (100%)

You must pass the Proctored Final Exam with 60% or higher in order to pass the course. Course Participation consists of participation in the Q & A Discussion.

Grading Scale:  A = 90-100, B = 80-89, C = 70-79, D = 60-69, F = 0-59.  

* Final examination - A comprehensive examination will be taken in person during the 8th week of instruction. If you are within an hour's drive of a Park University Campus, a proctor from that campus will be provided for you. If you are not within an hour's drive of a Park Campus, the Proctored Final must be taken at an alternative location that is approved by the University. In this case, the student must arrange for a proctor who is accepted and approved by the instructor.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found at the Park University website.

Homework will be assigned during the course in the thread for each week.  Homework will be due at the end of that week.  Homework is intended to prepare the student for the final exam.

See above.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments are due at the end of the assignment week.

Late submission will not be accepted unless prior permission has been granted or the student can demonstrate that circumstances would have made it almost impossible to meet the deadline.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Online Etiquette: All online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. If I deem an online communication to be inappropriate or offensive, I will take appropriate official action. See

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
See class assessment above and Weeks One through Eight on the Home Page.

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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 "WH".
  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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .

Additional Information:
A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday. The first week begins the first day of the semester and ends midnight the following Sunday. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted by e-mail or fax, so that they are in my hands on the due date. Most homework will be sent by e-mail but some handwritten formulas and diagrams may have to be faxed. Legitimate problems or misunderstandings will not receive late penalties provided the problem is brought to the attention of the instructor not later than the morning after the deadline for the requirement concerned. On e-mail always, use the following subject line: Online EC301, First name, Last name, short subjectOther Rules for Online Participation * Students should use E-Mail for private messages to the instructor and other students. The Class Conference is for public messages. You must identify yourself by name and class in all e-mail sent to any member of our class, including myself. I will respond to course-related questions within 48 hours (unless I notify you previously that I will be unavailable.) * Students are expected to interact with the Instructor and or other students in the course at least twice every week. Such interaction would include posting a question, answer, or comment to one of the course threads. * All students will participate in conference discussions. Conventions of "on-line etiquette," which include courtesy to all users, will be observed. * Students may get assistance with computer-related problems through the instructor or each other. Other Course Policies___Computer Difficulties: You need help downloading a browser or plug-in; you need help logging into the course; or if you experience any errors or problems while in your online course, please contact or 1-866-301-park.·   When you have a course question, look for a similar question in the Q&A (Questions and Answers) thread.  Q&A IS THE ONLY THREAD FOR COURSE QUESTION OR COMMENTS.  If you do not see your question there, then post your question. Posting them in the threaded discussion area will allow your fellow students to benefit from your questions. There are no stupid/silly questions. · _Back up every piece of work, you complete. Always have two copies for yourself and one for me. Your copies should be on different media. Keep one copy on the hard drive and one on a floppy or CD-ROM for example. This will ensure that a computer goof or a glitch in cyberspace will not wipe out all traces of your hard work. Be sure to keep a copy of every thing you send to me until after your course grade is finalized.  ·   Late Work: Each week's work must be completed by the end of that week unless excused. Comprehensive solutions will be distributed after the deadline


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