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EC 141 Principles of Macroeconomics
Rice, Coy P.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

EC 141 Principles of Macroeconomics

Semester

S2BB 2007 HL

Faculty

Rice, Coy P.

E-Mail

coy.rice@pirate.park.edu

Semester Dates

3/19/07 – 5/13/07

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

5:00 - 8:00 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

McConnell, C., & Stanely, B. (2008). Macroeconomics (17th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill/Irwin Publishers.

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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 maximize their potential through education by understanding concepts in a way that it is relevant to them in their life during the time that the education is taking place. People of all ages, driven by their desires, achieve personal goals for the future with the implementation of adequate materials, feedback from teachers and peers, and personal evaluations. Gratification emerges when students know that they are building upon stepping stones within their academic road to success.

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 #2 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 #2 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's Core 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 20 percent of the student's final grade and will test students' mastery of four Core Learning Outcomes (Outcomes 1, 2, 3, and 4 listed on this syllabus) through definitions, short essay, and graphing questions.  For each core outcome, the student should be prepared to draw the relevant graph by hand, define basic concepts or policies, identify relevant shifts in the curves, and state final impacts on relevant variables.


 


The core assessment is a CLOSED BOOK, CLOSED NOTES exam that must be administered and proctored in the classroom and may not be given as a take-home exam.  Students should not have access to the exam or its questions before it is administered.  The duration of the exam can be no longer than two hours.  No calculators, computers, or materials other than a writing instrument may be used for the exam; this applies to all students, regardless of whether the exam is for on-line or face-to-face students.  Completion of the exam is strictly individual; students may not work in groups to complete the exam.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

A variety of methods will be used to assess the learning in this course. Students will be assessed on their class participation, performance on quizzes, writing assignments, and examinations. There will also be opportunities to work in groups, and to be assessed based on individual and group performance

1. Tests – Students are required to take a mid-term and final examination.

2. Quizzes – Students are required to take quizzes as assigned.

3. Presentation – Students are required to give a short presentation that explains and gives and example of economic concepts. A paper that reflects the presentation, handed in the same day, should be roughly one to two pages long. The presentation should roughly be from 10 – 15 minutes long.

4. Participation – Students are required to enter various discussions throughout the course.

Grading:

The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:

Mid-Term Exam                   20%
 
Final Exam                            20%

Quizzes                                   30%

Presentation (with paper)     20%

Participation                          10%

TOTAL                                100%

 Final Grade:
 
90 – 100   = A

80 – 89.9 = B

70 – 79.9 = C

60 – 69.9 = D

 0 – 59.9 = F

All final exams will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes.  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 Associate Dean.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Assignments, handed in late, will be reduced 10 points per day. The Mid-Term test will have a one-week make-up time before a “zero” grade will be given. The Final exam will only have one day in which the student must make-up the test before the grade becomes a “zero.”

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

 1. Attend class and be prompt. Class attendance is part of class participation, which is a portion of your grade. Roll will be checked at the beginning of each class period. Since tardy entry to a class disrupts the class, your lateness for class will receive a reduction in points.

2. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE UP ANYTHING MISSED IN CLASS.

3. Be prepared for class. This means that you have read the assigned readings and are prepared to discuss them. Daily quizzes may be given at the beginning of class. Tardy arrival at class will result in missing the quiz. Quizzes may not be made up. This course will consist of class discussion, small group discussion, group work, and lecture. You are expected to take part in the discussions and group work. Your in-class participation is another portion of your grade. Also, assigned reading will not always be reviewed in class, but examinations will be from both assigned readings and class discussions.

4. Examinations. There will be a mid-term examination and a comprehensive final

examination. Exam answers will be short answer and essay. Examinations will be from both assigned readings and class discussions

5. No makeup exams will be given unless the student produces a written excuse signed by a doctor (with the doctor’s registration number) in the case of illness, or a tow bill from a tow company in the case of car problems. A written excuse from the campus nurse is acceptable. The same requirement applies to illness of children.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week

Day

Topics/Assignments:

 

1

Monday

 

March 19, 2007

 

Introductions – Chapter 1

 

Limits, alternatives, and Choices

 

1

Wednesday

 

Chapters 2 and 3

 

The Market System and the Circular Flow

 

Demand, Supply, and Market Equilibrium

 

2

Monday

 

Chapters 4 and 5

 

The U.S. Economy: Private and Public Sectors

 

The United States in the Global Economy

 

Quiz

 

2

Wednesday

 

Chapter 6

 

Measuring Domestic Output and national Income

 

3

Monday

 

Chapter 7

 

Introduction to Economic Growth and Instability

 

3

Wednesday

 

Chapter 8

 

Basic Macroeconomic Relationships

 

Review for midterm test

 

4

Monday

 

MIDTERM TEST - Chapters 1 through 7

 

4

Wednesday

 

Chapter 9

 

The Aggregate Expenditures Model

 

5

Monday

 

Chapter 10

 

Aggregate Demand and Aggregate Supply

 

Quiz

 

5

Wednesday

 

Chapter 11

 

Fiscal Policy, Deficits, and Debt

 

6

Monday

 

Chapter 12

 

Money and Banking

 

6

Wednesday

 

Chapter 13

 

Money Creation

 

7

Monday

 

Chapter 14

 

Interest Rates and Monetary Policy

 

Quiz

 

7

Wednesday

 

Review for Final Test

 

Start Individual Presentations

 

8

Monday

 

Individual Presentations

 

8

Wednesday

 

FINAL TEST - Chapters 1 through 14

 

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 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 "W".
  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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:


The instructor reserves the right to change the syllabus at any time during the course.





Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation (a)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
All causes or processes of economic phenomena are perfectly identified and stated. (12 points out of 12 points) Most causes or processes of economic phenomena are correctly identified and stated. (11 to 4 points out of 12 points) Most causes or processes of economic phenomena are not correctly identified and stated. (3 to 1 points out of 12 points) No causes or processes of economic phenomena are stated. (0 points out of 12 points) 
Synthesis (b)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Outcomes
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
The graph is drawn perfectly and most relevant axes and curves are identified correctly.

(22 points out of 22 points)

 
The graph is drawn correctly and most relevant axes and curves are identified correctly. (21 to 7 points out of 22 points) The graph is not drawn correctly and most relevant axes and curves are not identified correctly. (6 to 1 points out of 22 points) The graph is not drawn. (0 points out of 22 points) 
Analysis (c)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
All shifts in curves are identified correctly.  (12 points out of 12 points) Most shifts in curves are identified correctly.  (11 to 4 points out of 12 points) Most shifts in curves are not identified correctly.   (3 to 1 points out of 12 points) Shifts in curves are not identified.  (0 points out of 12 points) 
Application (d)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Outcomes
3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
All economic policies and their impacts are correctly described.   (19 points out of 19 points) Most economic policies and their impacts are correctly described. (18 to 6 points out of 19 points) Most economic policies and their impacts are not correctly described.  (5 to 1 points out of 19 points) No economic policies or impacts of such policies are described.

(0 points out of 19 points)

 
Content of Communication (e)                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
All definitions of curves or items identified on graphs are stated perfectly.  (23 points out of 23 points) Most definitions of curves or items identified on graphs are stated correctly. (22 to 8 points out of 23 points) Most definitions of curves or items identified on graphs are not stated correctly. (7 to 1 points out of 23 points) No definitions of curves or items on graphs are stated.

(0 points out of 23 points)

 
Technical Skill in Communicating (f)                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
All definitions of concepts are stated correctly.

(12 points out of 12 points)

 
Most definitions of concepts are stated correctly.

(11 to 4 points out of 12 points)

 
Most definitions of concepts are not stated correctly.

(3 to 1 points out of 12 points)

 
No definitions of concepts are stated.

(0 points out of 12 points)

 
First Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Fiscal policy is perfectly explained and identified graphically. (10 points out of 10 points) Fiscal policy is explained and identified graphically.

(9 to 3 points out of 10 points)

 
Fiscal policy is explained poorly and not identified graphically.

(2 to 1 points out of 10 points)

 
Fiscal policy is neither explained nor identified graphically.

(0 points out of 10 points)

 
Second Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Monetary policy is perfectly explained and identified graphically.

(19 points out of 19 points)

 
Monetary policy is explained and identified graphically.

(18 to 6 points out of 19 points)

 
Monetary policy is explained poorly and not identified graphically.

(5 to 1 points out of 19 points)

 
Monetary policy is neither explained nor identified graphically.

(0 points out of 19 points)

 

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