AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

ECON 2301, Principles of Macroeconomics, Summer 2012

Westwood Campus, MTWTh

 

 

INSTRUCTOR:    Stuart Greenfield                                  TEL:  512-323-2232

OFFICE:             E2112                                                 CLASSROOM:  WWD1 E2114

OFF. HOURS:     MTWTh, before/after class                   E-MAIL:      sjg@austin.rr.com or

                          and by appointment                                                sgreenfi@austincc.edu

                              

                              

COURSE MATERIALS:

Parken, Macroeconomics Plus MyEconLab (ISBN: 0132738694 [10th ed.). One might also use the 9th edition of the text and purchase online access to MyLab / Mastering.

-  supplemental material at, Ensuring Academic Success in Economics, then select appropriate link.

Online Review material:

·         Khan Academy, http://www.khanacademy.org/#macroeconomics then select appropriate/relevant topic.

·          Economists Do It With Models, http://www.economistsdoitwithmodels.com/economics-classroom/ , then select Macroeconomics 101 in Search by classroom course

Course Description

Principles of Macroeconomics deals with consumers as a whole, producers as a whole, the effects of government spending and taxation policies and the effects of the monetary policy carried out by the Federal Reserve Bank. Macroeconomics is concerned with unemployment, inflation, and the business cycle.

Course Goals/Objectives

Bloom's taxonomy of learning separates the learning process into six categories—knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Although this breakdown is not the final word in classifications of this type, it is useful in making a point about learning economics. In an economics course, it is insufficient simply to memorize facts. A look below at the goals of this course reveals the levels of learning you should be able to demonstrate upon completion. After this course, you should be able to

    • the meaning of unemployment and inflation data and how that data is collected and computed;
    • the meaning and components of the National Income Accounts, especially GDP;
    • the meaning of the business cycle and its phases;
    • and to manipulate the basic Aggregate Supply, Aggregate Demand model of the macro economy;
    • how fiscal policy operates, its tools, and its advantages and drawbacks;
    • how a fractional reserve banking system works;
    • how monetary policy operates, its tools, and its advantages and drawbacks.

 

Cross-Curricular Initiatives

In addition to the course goals, this course also focuses on cross-curricular initiatives, detailed below, which are designed to help you build skills to enhance your career and overall professional effectiveness.

·         Effective writing. You will perform numerous writing assignments throughout the semester, which should reflect appropriate professional writing skills. They will be evaluated on the basis of grammar, sentence structure, spelling, and general writing principles. At least 10 percent of your grade on each writing assignment will be based on your proficiency in expressing yourself in writing.

·         Information literacy. You will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in research with the use of the library and online sources.

·         Globalization. An important outcome of this course will be your realization that microeconomic principles apply to global situations.

·         Computerization. The computer has altered the way in which microeconomic research is conducted. This course emphasizes the increasing use of the computer in microeconomics.

·         Historical perspective. This course charts the historical development of microeconomic theory to give you a context for current theories and practice.

·         Civic responsibility. Throughout this course, we explore ethical behavior and the role of microeconomics in society.

Course Introduction

Economics is one of the least understood disciplines, yet its application dramatically affects the average person's quality of life. Economics explains what and how many goods are produced for and purchased in the market, what prices are charged, the level of income and employment in the economy, and how far one's hard-earned dollar goes.

Principles of Macroeconomics introduces the methods and tools economists use to understand how markets work, to determine the health of the economy, and to detect and solve problems. It examined the economy as a whole and as divided into basic sectors (private, government, international).

Economists develop models to help them analyze and understand relationships within the economy, and they bring a common set of tools and reasoning strategies to economic problems. Just as a model train lacks the complexity of a real train, however, economic models also, by necessity, are much simpler than the true economy. For instance, not all markets are equally competitive. Although economic tools and reasoning strategies may be consistent across models, the models themselves must vary according to the competitiveness of different firms.

Furthermore, the market does not always work toward the efficient allocation of society's scarce resources. Typically, we look to the government to respond in situations of market failure. Microeconomics questions whether the government makes decisions that result in the best allocation of resources, or whether the government produces inefficiencies, and if so, what they are.


Grading Information and Criteria

Principles of Macroeconomics is a three (3)-credit course. Your final grade for this course will be based upon a weighted average of the individual grades received for five (5) graded exercises that include

  1. an individual economic research project
  2. 2 hourly exams
  3. MyEconLab quizzes
  4. MyEconLab homeworks
  5. Extra Credit: at least ten (10) classroom quizzes.

The value, or weighting, assigned to each of these five graded exercises is as follows:

Assignment

Percent of Grade

Individual economic research project

25%

Individual exams (2 @ 25% ea.)

50%

MyEconLab quizzes (best 10)

15%

MyEconLab homeworks (best 10)

10%

Total

100%

Extra Credit: Classroom quizzes/Blackboard discussions

10%

Below, we discuss each exercise:

1. Individual economic research project (25 percent of final grade)

This term paper will be evaluated based on the following three factors:

quality of supporting research and references

30%

understanding and application of economic concepts and formulas

60%

presentation approach, professionalism, logic, and persuasiveness

10%

To receive full credit, you must post your individual research project to your BlackBoard student assignment folder no later than midnight on the date listed in the course schedule. Late work will not be accepted.


Project Descriptions

The project paper should address a relevant macroeconomic issue, e.g, government deficit/debt, stimulating economic growth, improving education, government/environmental regulation. The paper is NOT a book report, it is a research paper. A one page outline of the issue/problem you will research and write up is due June 18. I suggest that the following format be used in developing your paper:

  1. Identify problem or issue.
  2. Background, supporting information on why it is an issue
  3. Alternative solutions to the problem
  4. Your recommendation and the benefit that would result.

The paper should adhere to the following:

·         Length: your paper should be no more than 10 pages, double-spaced, excluding the title page and references.

·         You must use the Web and other sources, such as textbooks, journals, newspapers, and so on, for information. You must use at least five (5) sources, and at least one must be a Web source.

·         The information in your textbook on your topic is only a starting point. Your paper must contain new information on the topic. This is a research paper, not a repeat of what is in the text.

·         Your paper should be typed (make it pretty), with a title page, and you must use standard bibliographic form (use any style guide you like).

·         Footnotes are required (you may use endnotes instead). If you are using someone else's thoughts, paraphrase them or put the words in quotes and give the author credit in a footnote or endnote. If you are caught plagiarizing, you will receive a zero for the paper. To ensure your paper is not plagiarized submit your paper to http://www.turnitin.com/ to have it evaluated for similarity. When registering the Class IDs are:

Section

Turnitin ID

Password

03677

5132527

sgre144

05944

5132530

sgre144

 

 

 

·         Because effective communication is an important component of success in the business world, papers with poor grammar and spelling will lose credit. Also, late papers will be reduced by one letter grade.

·         Look at the course schedule to find the date the term paper topic is due. Knowing your topic will help me refer you to sources of information. I can also assist you in narrowing your topic or expanding it where appropriate.

2. Two (2) Individual examination (50 percent of final grade)

The exams will be multiple choice, and true/false and explain. The exams will be administered through either MyEconLab or through Blackboard

3. MyEconLab Quizzes and Homeworks

You will need to register at MyEconLab. The course ID for each section is

ECON 2301 SU12 Section 03677 - Course ID: greenfield42346

ECON 2301 SU12 Section 05944 - Course ID:

 Greenfield00724

Both the quizzes and homeworks will have a due date, usually a few days after covering the chapter. The due date is shown in MyEconLab Assigments.

Extra Credit – Classes Quizzes/BlackBoard Discussions (10 points added to final grade)

There will be at least ten (10) classroom quizzes/Blackboard discussions during the semester. The quiz will be a True/False and Explain question, e.g., Mars is the closest planet to our sun. Answer: F, Mercury is the closest planet to our sun. The discussion topics requires one to both post a response to the topic and then a response to a classmate’s posting.

Grading Scale

Your final grade for this course will be a weighted average of your grades on each of the five graded assignments. Each letter grade has the assigned quantitative value we discussed above.

The grading policy for the course is as follows:

Letter Grade

Scoring

A

90-100%

B

80-89.9%

C

70-79.9%

D

60-69.9%

F

Below 60%

I

Incomplete.

Note: Failure to take an exam or to submit a graded exercise will result in grade of zero for that exercise.

Makeup Exam Policy

Students are expected to take all exams when scheduled.  In the event of illness or extraordinary circumstances, the student must contact the faculty member and provide documentation to request an exception and approval to take a makeup exam.  If the request is not approved, the exam grade will be recorded as a zero. 

Attendance

 

Regular attendance is expected. Frequent exposure to an instructor's explanations is an important factor in your ability to master the material covered. Although you will not be penalized for missing class (you are hurting yourself by cutting), current events used in class to illustrate course-work will be included in test questions.

 

 

Scholastic Dishonesty

 

Acts prohibited by the college for which discipline may be administered include scholastic dishonesty. Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating on an exam or quiz, plagiarizing, and unauthorized collaboration with another in preparing outside work. Academic work submitted by you is to be the result of your own thought, research, or self-expression.  Academic work is defined as, but not limited to tests, quizzes (whether taken electronically or on paper), projects (either individual or group), classroom presentations, and homework.

 

Penalties for scholastic dishonesty in this class can range from being assigned a zero grade for an assignment on which dishonesty took place to being dropped from this class with a failing grade for cheating on exams.  If the latter occurs, then the incident and the student will be reported to the Dean of Students. Further repercussions could follow from the Dean.

 

Students with Disabilities

 

Each ACC campus offers support services for students with documented physical or psychological disabilities. Students with disabilities must request accommodations through the Office for Students with Disabilities on the campus where they expect to take the majority of their classes. Students are encouraged to do this three weeks before the start of the semester. During the first or second week of class, students with disabilities must present the instructor with the sheet from the Office for Students with Disabilities listing the reasonable accommodations they require.

 

INCOMPLETES

Incompletes are discouraged. They will be given only when extraordinary events intervene so as to make completion of the course impossible. If you want an incomplete, these events must be documented. To receive an incomplete the student must have completed the first exam with a C or better. The student must also come by my office to fill out an incomplete form. If the form is not filled out, an incomplete grade will not be given.

Incompletes will not be given to students who are behind schedule when the semester nears its end. Nor will incompletes be given to students who need just a few more points to make the next higher letter grade. Plenty of opportunity exists during the semester to accomplish your goals.

If you find yourself way behind or many points short toward the end of the semester you may withdraw without a grade penalty up to four weeks before the end of the semester. Please read the following note about withdrawals.

Cell Phone Use

Should I hear a cell phone ring, beep, or vibrate in class one will be given a yellow card. How yellow card will be incorporated into your final grade will be discussed in class.

 


 WITHDRAWALS

Students are responsible for withdrawing themselves from this course if that is what their personal situation requires. This means that if you have taken none of the tests and the semester ends without you having withdrawn yourself, then you will receive an F in the course. The instructor makes no promise either implicit or explicit to withdraw students from the course. 

In addition, students should be aware of a change in the law regarding Withdrawals passed by the Texas Legislature in the spring of 2007. Starting in the Fall of 2007, entering freshmen are restricted to six non-punitive withdrawals for the whole of their undergraduate careers while attending state colleges.

The last day to withdraw from this course without penalty is June 28.

Academic Freedom:

Each student is strongly encouraged to participate in class discussions. In any classroom situation that includes discussion and critical thinking, particularly about economic and political ideas, there are bound to be many differing viewpoints. Students may not only disagree with each other at times, but the students and instructor may also find that they have opposing views on sensitive and volatile topics. It is my hope that these differences will enhance class discussion and create an atmosphere where students and instructor alike will be encouraged to think and learn. Therefore, be assured that your grades will not be adversely affected by any beliefs or ideas expressed in class or in assignments. Rather, we will all respect the views of others when expressed in classroom discussions.

Nota Bene: Should you have any questions, please ask them in class, as many of your classmates have the same question. You can also either email me your question for answering in the next class or leave the question on the front desk.

Blackboard

Blackboard is an on-line classroom management tool. It includes a grade book, a discussion board, ways to communicate between students and between students and professor, and a testing facility. Your Online Login username and password is your 7-digit ACC student ID number.

 

Please change your password while you are logged on for the first time. To change your password, click the "User Tools" button. When that page opens up, click on the line that says "Personal Information." When that page opens up, click on the line that says "Change Password." The rest should be self-explanatory. It is important to change your password so that you can be secure in the knowledge that no one besides your instructors can see your grade information. Even then, each instructor will only be able to see the grades in the course they are teaching.

 

ACC Email

ACC uses Gmail, http://www.austincc.edu/accmail/ as a student’s email address. One can have Gmail forward mail from this account to your primary email account. Please do this immediately, as I will be using email to communicate w/ you.

 


Course Schedule

 

Week

Readings/Assignments

Due Date

1

Class Introduction
Part One:  Introduction to Economics and the Economy

 

Readings
Parkin: Chapter 1 - 3

 

Assignments:

MyEconLab – Homeworks and Quizes, Ch 1-3

Introduce yourself in the Introduction Conference in BlackBoard


BlackBoard (BB): Introduction

June 10

2

Part Two:  Monitoring Macroeconomic Performance

Readings
Parkin: Chapter 4 – 5

Assignments:

MyEconLab – Homeworks and Quizes, Ch 4-5

Optional Assignments

BlackBoard (BB) Conference: Conferences 

 

June 17

3

Part Three:  Macroeconomic Trends (Start June 14)

Readings
Parkin: Chapter 6 – 9

Assignments:

MyEconLab – Homeworks and Quizes, Ch 6-9

Paper Topic:  Topic of your research project should be posted in the Paper Topic Conference. This should be a paragraph or two. In your assignments folder there is a paper topic assignment. Please post your 1 page write-up there and also submit in class for my review. You have till June 18 to complete.

 Optional Assignments

BlackBoard (BB) Conference: Conferences 

 

June 24


 

Week

Readings/Assignments

Due Date

4

Part Four:  Macroeconomic Fluctuations

Readings
Parkin: Chapter 10 – 12

Assignments:

MyEconLab – Homeworks and Quizes, Ch 10-12

Optional Assignments::

BlackBoard (BB) Conference: Conferences 

 

July 1

5

Part Five: Macroeconomic Policy

Readings
Parkin: Chapter 13 – 15

Assignments:

MyEconLab – Homeworks and Quizes, Ch 13-15

BlackBoard (BB) Conference: Conferences 

 

July 6