The basic structure will be:
BLACKBOARD, WEBSITES, E-MAIL
All students must log-in to our Blackboard website, study the syllabus, and take the required 5-point, online, "Syllabus Quiz".
When e-mailing your instructor always put "ECO 212" and a message in the subject line. Please use proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
Click on TEXTBOOK WEBSITE, then select a chapter from the "Choose One" drop-down menu.
90%=A, 80%=B, 70%=C, 60%=D, below 60%=F
Syllabus Quiz (5 points): The syllabus quiz will be taken online via our class Blackboard site. It can be taken as many times as you wish. See schedule. Only the highest score will count.
Prequizzes (2 points each day of class): BEFORE CLASS a short quiz must be taken that will cover the material in the assigned video lectures and textbook readings. See the SCHEDULE for the date of each lesson prequiz. Some prequizzes can be taken three times, some can only be taken twice. All prequizzes must be finished by 12:00 noon the day of the lesson. After that they will no longer be available. Once you have completed a prequiz and when it is no longer available you can still access your results by going to MY GRADES on Blackboard and clicking on your score. This could be helpful when studying for exams.
Required Activity (1 point for each chapter): The "Required Activities" are to be taken on Blackboard after we have competed each chapter. They usually consist of about 20 multiple choice questions. They can be taken as many times as you wish and only the highest score will count. Required activities for each unit should be finished BEFORE the unit exam. In order to be allowed to take a unit exam retake (see below), you must have finished all the unit's required activities BEFORE the unit exam.
Papers (3 at 10 points each) Papers can be rewritten for full credit with the following restrictions:
Exams (NOTE: All exams are compreshensive)
Prequizzes are worth 2 points a day (total 48 points or approximately 15% of the total grade). These must be completed before 12:00 noon on the day of class. See the SCHEDULE for the date of each lesson prequiz. No make-ups are allowed. "Stuff" happens. GET AHEAD! Some prequizzes can be taken only twice and some can be taken three times.
If a student must miss taking an exam at the scheduled time taking the retake exam is their only option. They may be allowed to take the RETAKE exam IF:1. the instructor is notified BEFORE the scheduled exam time AND
These can be taken as many times as necessary. Only the highest score will count.
Class attendance is strongly recommended, but not required. Former students have indicated that the material covered in class is very helpful at the time of the examinations.
| | | | 1/15 No Classes 1/29-
2a 2/12 No Classes 2/26 Exam 1 3/19
- 7a 3/26 Break 3/28 Break 4/4 Review 4/9 - Exam 2 4/18
- 16a 5/7 - Exam 3 5/9 Review 5/14 - Final Exam - Optional Exam 3 retake: 5/16
1/15 No Classes
2/12 No Classes
2/26 Exam 1
4/9 - Exam 2
5/7 - Exam 3
5/14 - Final Exam -
Optional Exam 3 retake:
BRIEF COURSE OUTLINE
UNIT 1 - WHAT IS ECONOMICS and GLOBALIZATION
Introduction to Efficiency and to the Study of Economics
The Role of Government in the Global Economy
Efficiency and Markets: Supply and Demand
Efficiency, Specialization, and Exchange (Trade)
UNIT 2 - INTRODUCTION TO MACROECONOMICS
* Chapter 22W is online at:
A Model of the Macro Economy: AS and AD
An Introduction to Macroeconomics
Business Cycles: Unemployment and Inflation
Measuring Domestic Output
Ch. 22 W*
The Economics of Developing Economies
UNIT 3- -MACROECONOMIC POLICY
The Money Market
How Banks Create Money
The Spending Multiplier
NOTE: This outline may be changed. All changes will be posted on the Blackboard announcements, announced in class, and sent via e-mail.
OFFICIAL STUDENT OUTCOMES
The student should:
- understand the basic functions and operations of a capitalist economic system (review of microeconomics.) (I-A-H)
- understand basic economic measurements. (II-A)
- understand basic Keynesian theory. (II-B)
- use AD/AS tools to investigate macro effects. (II-B)
- explain the effects of fiscal policy. (II-C)
- familiar with the origin and functions of money and banks. (III-A)
- understand money creation by the banking system. (III-B)
- know the functions and powers of the Federal Reserve System and the basics of monetary policy. (III-C)
- understand the equation of exchange and the monetarist approach to policy. (III-D)
- be familiar with alternative theories. (IV)
- understand the basics of growth, in particular: capital formation (human and physical), technology, and political/social institutions. (V)
- understand the principle of comparative advantage. (III-A)
- understand the issue of free trade vs. protectionism. (III-B)
- understand the factors determining exchange rates. (III-C)
OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION
A few textbooks and study guides have been placed on reserve in the library in case you leave yours at Grandma's house. Some can be checked out from the circulation desk for two days at a time and one is for in-library use only.
This is a difficult course! There is an old rule of thumb concerning studying for college courses: on average students should study TWO hours for every ONE hour of class. This is an average, which means some courses require more study time and some less. You may find that economics requires MORE.
The following suggestions should help you learn economics:
- GET AHEAD! There will be assignments for each day of class. You should try to be at least one to two days (one week) ahead. See the LESSONS and the SCHEDULE.
- STUDY. This is a difficult course! There is an old rule of thumb concerning studying for college courses: on average students should study TWO hours for every ONE hour of class. Since this is a 3 credit-hour course you should plan to study microeconomics 6 hours per week. This is an average, which means some courses require more study time and some less. You may find that economics requires more.
- BEFORE CLASS EACH DAY: (a) begin with the LESSONS webpage, or the Mac Web App, to read the "Introduction" and "Something Interesting", (b) watch the video lectures, (c) read the assigned readings, (d) take the prequiz, and (e) learne the lesson vocabulary (see the Key Term Flashcards.
- READ THE BOOK! Passive reading of the textbook is not very helpful. Read with a pen in your hand and a notebook on which to list, repeat, copy, calculate, etc. ALSO, pay close attention to the TABLES and GRAPHS. THEY ARE IMPORTANT. Many students do not read the textbook and many students fail the class or withdraw. I believe the two are related.
- WATCH THE VIDEOS! Passive watching of the video lectures is not very helpful either. Most of the Tomlinson videos have an online review quiz (Thinkwell Exercise), transcripts, and lecture notes. Use them. Also, I have watched each of the assigned video lectures and taken my own notes. These VIDEO NOTES are available on our Blackboard site. Once you log in to the Thinkwell class site click on the "Chapter Checklist" link for a list of the videos by their number. Many students do not watch and many students fail the class or withdraw. I believe the two are related. Students have told me that the videos are VERY HELPFUL. If you want a good grade then watch the videos.
- ATTEND CLASS Come to class each day and come prepared to work. You will get a lot of your studying done during class. Please don't be late. NO CELL PHONES can be used in class.
- DO PROBLEMS. If you don't do the problems you will do poorly on the quizzes and exams.
Many are available on our Blackboard site. Begin with the REQUIRED ACTIVITIES (since you earn points for doing them) and the YELLOW PAGES. Then, do other exercises that can be found on Blackboard. Also, there are review quizzes (THINKWELL EXERCISES) for most of the online video lectures (VIDEO LOGIN).
- GET HELP
- See the instructor during office hours.. This should be done EARLY in the semester.
- Ask questions in class and on the Blackboard Discussion Board.
- The Tutoring Center also offers help.
- You may also want to make use of SUCCESS SERVICES FOR STUDENTS AT HARPER COLLEGE (see below).
- GET AHEAD - Or at least keep up. It is easy to get behind. To get a good grade you will have to devote a significant amount of out of class time to studying economics. If you get behind there simply will not be enough time.
- APPLY the concepts learned in class to the "real world" including issues in the news and aspects of your personal life.
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