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EC 141 Principles of Macroeconomics
Firner, Antoni


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.

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Course

EC 141 Principles of Economics I (Macro)

Semester

F2T 2007 DLG

Faculty

Antoni Firner

Title

Adjunct Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

B.S.: (Computer Science) Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
M.A.: (Economics) University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Office Location

Overland Park, KS

E-Mail

Antoni.Firner@pirate.park.edu

Semester Dates

October 22 - December 16, 2007

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Required Text: 

Principles of Macroeconomics, 8/E
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Karl E. Case, Wellesley College
Ray C. Fair, Yale University

Publisher: Prentice Hall
Copyright: 2007
Format: Paper; 560 pp

ISBN-10: 0132226456
ISBN-13: 9780132226455

 
Or, you can purchase the textbook that combines both EC141 and EC142:

Principles of Economics, 8/E
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Karl E. Case, Wellesley College
Ray C. Fair, Yale University
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Copyright: 2007
Format: Cloth; 896 pp

ISBN-10:
0132289148
 
ISBN-13:
9780132289146
 

Also Required:
 

Paul Solman Videos DVD to accompany McConnell-Brue Economics 17e.  McGraw Hill-Irwin, Publisher.  ISBN 978-0-07-329140-6

Here are two ways to get it:

     (1) Go directly to the Solman video website: www.mhhe.com/solman where you will be given the opportunity to purchase it.

     (2) Use the MBS site - select first time user. You will make up your own user ID and password.

Order Texts at: http://direct.mbsbooks.com/park.htm

 

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
1)Macroeconomics Online Learning Center
2)DVD and access to the on-line Discoverecon website that is provided with a new textbook
3)Online subscription service (Optional)

Wall Street Journal: The WSJ is an excellent reference for this course. It is available at most libraries, in many offices, and other places. While not required for this course, it will enhance your understanding immeasurably.

Hard copy subscriptions that include the online subscription are available to you as a student at special discounted rates. You can subscribe on-line. Click here to subscribe online! Following the link below and it will let the WSJ folks know you are enrolled as a student in this online course. Delivery will start in a few days and they will bill you directly, usually within 3 or 4 weeks.

http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0073273082/information_center_view0/
http://subscribe.wsj.com/cgi-bin/ps.cgi?Terms=123&Key=7EJAME&Prof=092992015598&School=31135

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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:
My educational philosophy emphasizes interactivity based on readings, lectures, individual discussion threads, groupwork activities, homework assignments and exams. Web-based activities are used as a research tool that allows students to analyze contemporary topics of interest from the economic perspective.

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 #3 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 #3 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 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 30 percent of the student’s final grade and will test students’ mastery of core learning outcomes through short essay Tools and Methods of Economics questions, Graphical Problems in he Communications section, and Critical Thinking short-answer questions. For each core learning outcome, the student should be prepared to draw the relevant graph, define basic concepts or policies, identify relevant shifts in the curves, and state final impacts on relevant variables.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Weekly Assignments
Mid Term Exam
Comprehensive Exam
Weekly Discussion
Weekly Quizzes

Grading:

The following percentages will be used to assign course grades:

90% - 100% = A
80% - 89%   = B
70% - 79%   = C
60% - 69%   = D
Below 60%   = F

The work you do in this class is valued as follows:
Weekly Assignments                22% of grade        220 points
Mid Term Exam                         20% of grade        200 points
Comprehensive Examination    30% of grade        300 points
Weekly Disicussions                 16% of grade        160 points
Weekly Quiz                             12% of grade        120 points
TOTAL                                     100%                   1,000 points

The Comprehensive (Proctored) Final Exam for online courses is both closed book and closed notes.

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.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Weekly work must be submitted not later than Sunday midnight of each week.  Late work will not receive full grade credit. Work not turned by the due date, but which is turned in no more then 7 days late, will receive 1/2 the score it would have received otherwise. Homework not received within 7 days of the due date will not be scored. No work received after the last Saturday of the term will be scored.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1: Our objective is to understand economic terms and concepts. We will study the nature and method of economics, the economizing problem and review the construction and interpretation of graphs. The reading assignment for week 1 includes chapters 1 and 2 and the chapter 1 appendix in the text.

Week 2: We will take a look at competitive market models and the important concepts of supply and demand. The reading assignment includes chapters 3 and 4 in the text.

Week 3: We'll learn about important concepts in the United States Economy, both the public and the private sectors. Then we'll consider the United States in the global economy. The reading assignment for this week includes chapters 5 and 6 in the text.

Week 4: We'll have a Mid Term Exam and learn about key economic concepts. Our topics are economic measurement tools and indices of economic activity as well as economic growth, inflation and unemployment. The midterm exam covers all course materials through chapter 8. The reading assignment are chapters 7 and 8 in the text. Also, your proctor forms are due to be in your instructor's hands this week.

Week 5: We address Keynesian and classical economic theories and the aggregate expenditures model. The reading assignment this week includes chapters 9, 10, and 11 in the text.

Week 6: We consider governmental stabilization policies at work during the business cycle and an introduction to the United States banking system. The reading assignment this week is chapter 12 an 13 in the text.

Week 7: This week we will look at the creation of money by banking institutions and the mechanics of monetary policy. The reading assignment includes chapters 14 and 15 in the text.

Week 8: This will be a busy week. The policy at Park University is for each of you to take a significant, proctored exam during the Eighth week of the class. Unless you are more then two hours from the nearest Park site, you are expected to take the exam at one of the Park sites. We will also review current economic events using concepts that you have learned from the course. There is no additional reading assignment during week 8 but students are encourages to review chapters not assigned earlier in the course.  

 

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.

  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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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)
Critical Thinking                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Outcomes
Short answer questions with a Maximum value of 88 Points                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Nearly all causes or processes of economic phenomena are perfectly identified and stated. (79 points or more of 88 points) Most causes or processes of economic phenomena are correctly identified and stated. (61 to78 points of  88 points) Most causes or processes of economic phenomena are not correctly identified and stated. (44 to 62 points  of 88 points) No causes or processes of economic phenomena are stated clearly. (43 to 0 points of  88 points) 
Effective Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
Graphical Problems and completion of Graphs with a maximum value of 140 points.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
All definitions of curves or items identified on graphs are stated nearly perfectly.  (126  points or more of 140 points) Most definitions of curves or items identified on graphs are stated correctly. (98 to 125 points of 140 points) Most definitions of curves or items identified on graphs are not stated correctly. (70 to 97 points of 140 points) No definitions of curves or items on graphs are stated clearly.

(0 to 69 points of 140 points)

 
Tools and Methods of Economics                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
This examines tools and methods of economic analysis using short essay questions with a maximum value of 72 points.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
All definitions of are stated nearly perfectly.  (65 points or more of 72 points) Most definitions are stated correctly. (98 to 125 points of 72 points) Most definitions are not stated correctly. (70 to 97 points of 72 points) No definitions are stated clearly.

(0 to 69 points of 72 points)

 

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