EC 301 Intermediate Macroeconomics
U1T 2008 DL
Professor of Economics/Adjunct Faculty
Ph.D. EconomicsMA EconomicsMBA
Cabin John, MD
By e-mail throughout the day
(515) 474-1535 (FAX)
R. Gordon, Macroeconomics. 10th ed. Pearson, 2006 ISBN: 0-321-27880-1.
P. Soule, Intermediate Macroeconomics Supplement for Internet Course. (Hereinafter IMS) McGraw-Hill, 2007 ISBN 007-235019-9
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
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Educational Philosophy: The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Description of Core Assessment for EC 301:
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 research paper worth 15 percent of the student's final grade. This paper will assess students' mastery of several Core Learning Outcomes.
Each student will be randomly assigned one of the general topics outlined below. The student must then choose an original, unique specific topic by finding a real-world example of the general topic.
NOTE: Instructors may add requirements to those listed below and for grading purposes may add criteria not listed in the Core Assessment Rubric.
Students should use at least four different acceptable research sources excluding the course textbook. The quality and quantity of these references will determine the amount of points earned for research.
Acceptable Sources: In general, citations from Internet websites will NOT count as an acceptable source unless the citation is from a U.S. government website. The Internet can be used to find on-line versions of publications, but such citations should be made only for articles that are published in paper form (i.e., can be found in a library). For instance, you could use a New York Times article that is downloaded from the Internet. Encyclopedias and abstracts are not valid sources. Cutting and pasting information from the Internet is plagiarism.
Format for Citations:
Topic Paper Grading Criteria
The purpose of the topic paper is to gain a deeper understanding of a theoretical economic concept through its application to real-world situations. Papers will be assessed according to the appropriate application of economic theory to the specific topic chosen by the student.
Application of Economic Theory:
Are concepts based in economic theory and supported by the real-world data?
0 - 10 points
Are economic terms defined?
0 - 20 points
Are economic concepts explained accurately?
0 - 45 points
Are facts presented and cited accurately?
0 - 40 points
Is a thorough understanding of concepts demonstrated
0 - 35 points
Grading Criteria – Evaluation Item Points
Discussion Participation (15 pts per week x 6)
Weeks 1-3 and 5 -7
Homework (20 points per week x 6)
Weeks 1-3 and 5-7
Quizzes (30 points per week X 6)
Open-Book, MID-TERM EXAM
Term Paper (Core Learning Assessment)
PROCTORED FINAL EXAM
A = 900 - 1000
B = 800 - 900
C = 700 - 800
D = 600 - 700
F = Below 600
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.
Each week's work must be completed by the end of that week. Comprehensive solutions will be distributed after the deadline. After a solution is distributed to the student in the class, the maximum grade will be 50% for that assignment. However, late or not, it is important that you complete all assignments because they will be a major help in preparing you for the test. There is a huge difference in what you will learn by working the assignments and what you will learn by reading the solution to them.
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 http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html
Readings - Weeks 1-7
Lectures - Weeks 1-7
PowerPoint Presentations - Weeks 1-7
Discussions - Week 1-3 and 5-7
Homework - Weeks 1-3 and 5-7
Open-book Midterm Exam - Week 4
Term Paper (Core Learning Assessment) - Week 7
Proctored Final Exam - Week 8
Discussions: You need to participate in the weekly discussion threads. In addition to your own posting on the subject matter, please comment on at least two postings of your peers in order to receive full credit for the discussion. Each weekly discussion is worth 15 points. Discussions will be due by midnight on Sunday each week.
Homework: Homework will be assigned during the course for each week. Each homework is worth 20 points. Homework will be due by midnight on Sunday each week. Homework is intended to prepare the student for the final exam.
Quizzes: Quizzes will be assigned in each week during the course except for the Mid-Term and Final Exam weeks. Quizzes are worth 30 points. Students shall complete the weekly quiz by midnight on Sunday each week.
Open-book Midterm Exam: A midterm examination will be taken during the 4th week of instruction. The Midterm exam is worth 160 points.
Term Paper: See the Core Assessment above for details. The Term Paper is worth 150 points.
Final examination: A comprehensive examination will be taken in person during the 8th week of instruction. The Final Exam is worth 300 points. 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.
The final exam 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. The same applies to computers that can be used for typing the final exam.
The grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course. The proctored final exam must address only material which the student has been taught in class.
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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86
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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
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