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EC 301 Intermediate Macroeconomics
Kornilov, Guerman


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 301 Intermediate Macroeconomics

Semester

S2T 2010 DL

Faculty

Kornilov, Guerman

Title

Professor of Economics/Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. Economics
MA Economics
MBA

Office Location

Eden Prairie, MN

Office Hours

By e-mail throughout the day

Daytime Phone

(301) 661-4265

Other Phone

206-338-1305 (FAX)

E-Mail

Guerman.Kornilov@pirate.park.edu

gkornilov@aol.com

Semester Dates

03/15 – 05/09

Class Days

Online

Class Time

Online

Prerequisites

EC141

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

R. Gordon, Macroeconomics. 11th ed. Pearson, 2008 ISBN-10: 0321485513, ISBN-13: 978-0321485519

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

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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. Prerequisite: EC141. 3:0:3

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

  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. Identify inflation its causes and cures
  2. Identify connection between inflation and unemployment
Core Assessment:
Write a paper analyzing the different approaches that might be used by Keynesian theorists and monetary theorists to promote long-run macroeconomic stability. Examine the impact of persistent budget deficits on the trade deficit and analyze the options available to policy makers when national savings presents opportunities to improve the trade deficit. Appraise the position of supply-side economists as it relates to government deficits. Evaluate recent national economic policies as they relate to the magnitude of the trade deficit and analyze the arguments for protectionist policies and the effect, if any, upon the trade deficit.

Link to Class Rubric

Class 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 have to select 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. Consult instructor when necessary.

NOTE:  Instructors may add requirements to those listed below and for grading purposes may add criteria not listed in the Core Assessment Rubric.

General Topics

  • Is Social Security System broken?
  • Has Stimulus Package achieved its goals? 
  • Does war in Iraq benefit our domestic economy?
  • Do we need tax reform?
  • Do benefits of international trade outweigh its costs?
  • What is the role of human capital in the economy?
  • What is the real role of Fed in the economy?
  • Is illegal immigration beneficial to the U.S. economy?

Paper Format

  • 1,500 – 1,700 words, not including the reference (Works Cited) page.  Verify this with word-count in Microsoft Word and include the actual word count typed at the bottom of the last page of text, before the reference page. 
  • The paper should be typed, double-spaced, on white paper, with page numbers centered at the bottom of the page.
  • The title page should contain the following in this order: general topic: specific topic, student's name, course name, date.
  • Paper should be submitted in the dedicated DropBox in the course shell in Week 7.

Research Sources

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.

Recommended Sources:

  • The Wall Street Journal
  • New York Times online (e-mail notices of this are available for free)
  • CNN Financial News online
  • The Economist (magazine)
  • The National Review
  • The National Bureau of Economic Research
  • any academic and nonacademic journals
  • library books
  • government publications (e.g., those of Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Economic Research, Commerce Department, U.S. Census, etc.)

Format for Citations:

  • Chicago Manual of Style
  • OR MLA Handbook
  • OR APA style (e.g., Diana Hacker's reference book)

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

 TOTAL

 200 Points

Grading:

Grading Criteria – Evaluation Item Points

Assessment

Points

Weeks

Discussion Participation (15 pts per week x 6)

90

Weeks 1-3 and 5 -7

Homework (20 points per week x 6)

120

Weeks 1-3 and 5-7

Quizzes (30 points per week X 6)

180

Weeks 1-3 and 5-7

Open-Book, MID-TERM EXAM

110

Week 4

Term Paper (Core Learning Assessment)

200

Week 7

PROCTORED FINAL EXAM

300

Week 8

TOTAL

1000


Grading Scale: 

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 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.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

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

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Class Activities

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

Class Assessments:

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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.
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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation: Judge the relative worth of information based on prior knowledge                                                                                                                                                                               
Outcomes
1, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Provided 5 or more comparisons regarding macroeconomic theoretical concepts and presented them in a logical manner. Provided 3 to 5 comparisons regarding macroeconomic theoretical concepts and presented them in a logical manner. Provided 1 to 3 comparisons regarding macroeconomic theoretical concepts. Provided no economic comparisons regarding macroeconomic theoretical concepts. 
Synthesis: Incorporate parts of an issue to arrive at an appropriate solution.                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Applied detailed course content to answer the question and presented the steps in a logical manner. Applied adequate course content to answer the question and presented the steps in a logical manner. Applied minimal course content to answer the question. Applied no course content to answer the question. 
Analysis: The ability to understand the component parts of information and its organization                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Identified  at least 5 theoretical components and flawlessly analyzed macroeconomic concepts from the course content to answer the question. Identified 3 to 5 theoretical components and adequately analyzed macroeconomic concepts from the course content to answer the question. Identified 1 to 3  theoretical components and minimally analyzed macroeconomic concepts from the course content to answer the question. Did not identify any theoretical components and provided no analysis of macroeconomic concepts to answer the question. 
Application: Use principles from the discipline as they relate to the Core Learning Outcomes.                                                                                                                                                              
Outcomes
2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Exhibits thorough knowledge of the course content in the use of macroeconomic principles to answer the question. Exhibits moderate knowledge of the course content in the use of macroeconomic principles to answer the question. Exhibits minimal knowledge of the course content in the use of macroeconomic principles to answer the question. Exhibits no evidence of knowledge of the course content. 
Content of Communication: Grammar, punctuation, spelling, typing, sentence structure, and readability                                                                                                                                                      
Outcomes
Park Mission Statement: communicate effectively                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Exhibits excellent command of grammar, punctuation, spelling, typing, sentence structure, and readability.

0 to 5 errors

 
Exhibits good   command of grammar, punctuation, spelling, typing, sentence structure,
and readability.

6 to 10 errors

 
Exhibits adequate command of grammar, punctuation, spelling, typing, sentence structure,
and readability.

11 to 15 errors

 
Exhibits minimal
command of grammar, punctuation, spelling, typing, sentence structure, and readability.

More than 15 errors

 
Technical Skill in Communicating: format items to include adherence to MLA standards, paper length, Works Cited, and internal documentation.                                                                                                               
Outcomes
Park Mission Statement: communicate effectively                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
0 to 3 errors 4 to 7 errors 8 to 10 errors More than 10 errors 
Disciplinary Competence: appropriate use of terminology.                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Uses terminology flawlessly to compose responses to questions.

No more than 3 errors
 
Uses terminology adequately to compose responses to questions.

No more than 7 errors
 
Uses terminology minimally to compose responses to question.

No more than 10 errors
 
Uses no terminology to compose responses to question.

More than 10 errors
 
Disciplinary Competence: appropriate use of data.                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Incorporates the use of data flawlessly, when appropriate, to compose responses to questions. Incorporates the use of data adequately, when appropriate, to compose responses to questions. Incorporates the use of data minimally, when appropriate, to compose responses to questions.
 
Uses no data to compose responses to questions. 

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