EC 407 International Trade & Finance
U1T 2010 DL
Lana J. Ellis, Ph.D., J.D.
M.A., Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas CityJ.D., Seattle University School of LawM.B.A., Rockhurst University
June 7, 2010 - August 1, 2010
EC141, EC142, and EC300
Textbook: Caves, Frankel, and Jones. World Trade and Payments: An Introduction, 10th ed. ISBN: 0-321-22660-7
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Write a paper that explains that examines the relationship between comparative trade advantage and import and export flows. Examine the relationship between international trade and protectionism. Estimate the real impact of protectionism on international trade and suggest other components ofthe exchange process that might have a greater impact. Analyze the effects ofcartel formation on international trade and relate those effects to any form ofeconomic concentration. Examine the effects of a devalued domestic currency on the trade balance when exchange rates are floating and when they are fixed.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Research Paper - For this course, the core assessment is a research paper worth 20 percent of the student's final grade. This paper will assess students' mastery of Core Learning Outcomes. Students shall write a paper that: 1) Explains the relationship between comparative trade advantage and import and export flows; 2) Examines the relationship between international trade and protectionism; 3) Estimates the real impact of protectionism on international trade and suggest other components of the exchange process that might have a greater impact; 4) Analyzes the effects of cartel formation on international trade and relate those effects to any form of economic concentration; 5) Examine the effects of a devalued domestic currency on the trade balance when exchange rates are floating and when they are fixed.
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 and although it does not sound like much, six of them together amass for 90 points. This is a big chunk of your grade! YOU DO NEED TO POST AT LEAST THREE MESSAGES EACH WEEK EVEN THOUGH YOU CAN LOG IN ONLY ONCE. THERE IS NO MAKE UP POLICY FOR THE THREADED DISCUSSIONS. Course Participation includes participation in the Conference Area threaded discussions. A detailed grading rubric can be found in Doc Sharing.
Quizzes - will be assigned in each week during the course except for week four and week eight. Students shall complete the weekly quiz by midnight on Sunday each week.
Homework - will be assigned during the course for each week. Homework will be due by midnight on Sunday each week. Homework is intended to prepare the student for the final exam. A detailed grading Rubric can be found in Doc Sharing.
Final examination - 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.
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.
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.
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