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GRAND VIEW COLLEGE

SYLLABUS
Department and Course #: ECON 101

Course Title: PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS


Academic Term: FALL 2009, SESSION I

Class Time: TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, 5:45p-8:00p

Academic Division: SOCIAL SCIENCES


Instructor: TOM SCHENK

Telephone Number: 515-481-0774


Email: tomschenkjr@gmail.com

Website: www.tomschenkjr.net

ACADEMIC MAJOR GOALS AND OBJECTIVES


1. Demostrate abilities to conduct research to access relevant information and then communicate the
results of the research to others in written and oral format.
2. Demonstrate abilities to work in a team environment, as a leader and as a follower, to generate solutions
to specific situations.
3. Develop skills in analyzing business situations and recommend courses of action that show a thorough
understanding of the internal and external envorments.
INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES
*Learning as Knowledge
The student will:
1. Identify the definition(s) of economics and macroeconomics
2. Identify the basic principles of the law of supply, law of demand, and market equilibrium.
3. Identify and understand the principles of unemployment, interest rates, fiscal, and
monetary policy.
4. Understand the economy as a system.

*Learning as Process or Behavior


The student will:
1. Relate political economy systems to the U.S. and other economies.
2. Study how the market system allocates products and services to consumers.
3. Apply economic theory in real-world applications
4. Learn how policy affects all the elements of the economy.
*Learning as Attitude
The student will:
1. Appreciate the basic underlying dilemma of economics.
2. Develop an awareness of how economics impacts their daily lives.
3. Appreciate the complex interactions in an economy.

CONTENT OUTLINE
• Elements of economics: political economy, science, and moral philosophy
• Economic institutions
• Trade-offs (opportunity cost) and the formation of an economy
• Supply and Demand: individual choice to market equilibrium
• Economic Growth and Decline – recessions and booms
• Inflation and Unemployment
• Measuring economic activity
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• Building a model of economic activity
• Monetary and Fiscal Policy
Time permitting:
• Loan defaults and the financial crisis
• Current economic policy and the potential effects

INSTRUCTIONAL PROCEDURES
Instructional procedures for this course will include lectures, class discussions, “company” (group) exercises,
case analysis, and individual assignments. Students will successfully pass the class if they aforementioned
activities.

INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES

1. Textbook: Economics by David Colander, 7th Edition, McGraw-Hill, Irwin: 2006


ISBN: 0-07-340286-9
2. Periodicals: The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The Des Moines Register, New York
Times
3. Blogs: See Homework #1
4. Course website: www.tomschenkjr.net
ASSESSMENT OF ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

Y = 0.2 • E1 + 0.2 • E 2 + 0.3 • F + 0.2 • A + 0.07 • P + 0.03 • C


Y = total score;
E1 = Exam 1
E2 = Exam 2
F = Final
A = Assignments
P = Participation
C = Company Score

Exams: Two exams will be administered throughout the semester. The exams will consist of a multiple choice,
argument, and long problems. Multiple choice questions will test basic economic vocabulary and elementary
relationships. Argument questions will ask the student to reply to a normative statement using economic
reasoning taught in class. I may use quotes from recent periodicals and/or blog posts. Finally, long problems will
be multi-part and will test whether the student can work through an economic model. Each exam will implicitly
be cumulative insofar as the principles of economics are tightly intertwined, but the emphasis will be on the
contemporary lesson.

Final: The final will explicitly be cumulative, although the emphasis will be slightly more on the latter third of
the class. The format will be similar to exams: multiple choice, essay, and long problems. The test is worth
slightly more and, thus, will be slightly longer than exams.

Assignments: Assignments will be given throughout the semester through the course website. Homework will
be distributed on Tuesday and will be due at the beginning of the following Tuesday. Assignments will be graded
using the following metric: 0 = did not turn in; 1-2 = tried without serious effort; 3-4 = tried with effort;
5=(nearly) perfect Assignments are not meant to be taxing, but to help the student prepare for exams and the
final. Most assignments will involve a question that will resemble an exam’s ‘long problem.’

Participation: Students are expected to regularly participate in classes and, if not in class, in out-of-class
communication with the professor. Lack of participation and irregular attendance will be especially noticed if the
student is struggling in class. The professor will warmly reward struggling students who seek help through email
and questions.

Company Score: Students will be randomly assigned to companies of 3 to 4 individuals, depending on the final
class size. Companies will accumulate points throughout the semester based on exams, assignments,
participation, and any other metric the professor feels is appropriate. These activities are meant to be fun and
introspective, while being educational. At the end of the semester, points will be assigned as the inverse of
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company rank multiplied by 100, e.g., first place: (1/1)*100 = 100, second: (½)*100 = 50, etc. The company
score is especially helpful toward boarderline students.

Final Grade: Letter grades will be assigned as follows:


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

MISSED EXAMS AND ASSIGNMENTS

Assignments will be due at the beginning of class every Tuesday and tests will be given on the days denoted
below. Late assignments will be penalized 40 percent. Students must notify the professor of an upcoming
absence. Students will be allowed to make up exams ONLY when the professor received prior notification for
the inability to complete the exams. In extreme cases where prior notification is impossible, the student must
provide written documentation—not by the student—explaining the absence. Students who miss a test for an
unexcused absence will receive a zero.

ATTENDANCE

Students will be expected to attend every class. Attendance in the first week is mandatory. Irregular attendance
will be reflected in participation and company exercise scores. Those who already anticipate missing two or
more classes are encouraged to enroll at another time. Those who are dropped from class due to absences may
lose financial aid.

WRITING AND CRITICAL THINKING

Modern economics is intensely mathematics, but few people possess the training to grasp a mathematical model.
As such, economics is typically communicated in written periodicals so it is no coincidence that well-known
economists tend to be good writers—e.g., Paul Krugman, Herny James, John Gailbraith, and Milton Friedman.
Employers often lament and seek those with sharp writing ability. Although writing ability is hard to notice
during an application procedure, employers will often quickly promote those who effectively communicate.

This class will challenge student to reply to assertions during an examination. Students will need to synthesize
economic theory and writing to convince the professor the original argument was either fallacious or correct.
This experience will be different from writing an essay or research paper. Argument portions of the exam will
give the student little room to wonder or “add fluff”.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE & READINGS

Economics is truly an interdisciplinary subject involving political theory, moral philosophy, mathematics, and
elements of all social sciences. This course will be based around the cold logical and mathematical aspects often
satirized in TV and movies. However, this class will also overtly emphasis applications of economic theory and
briefly highlight the moral philosophy and political philosophy elements.

Readings are divided into three tiers: mandatory (***), suggested (**), and voluntary (*). Mandatory readings
should be completed prior to the beginning of class, with the exception of the first week. Suggested readings are
not mandatory, but will help the student understand the mandatory content if needed. The suggested readings will
often re-explain the material from a slightly different perspective, much like the function of this sentence to the
former sentence. Lastly, voluntary readings are tangential to the topic—interesting, but not necessary knowledge
for the class. These readings will delve into political theory, philosophy, and other classical writings that will add
to the student’s comprehensive knowledge. Students will not be tested over the material and absolutely should
complete other assignments first. I hope this syllabus will be a resource for the student after the class has been
completed.

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25 Aug: Review of the syllabus and introduction
What is Economics?
***Chp. 1 – Colander
**An Essay on the Nature & Significance of Economic Science. Lionel Robbins, 1945:
http://www.mises.org/books/robbinsessay2.pdf
**“Politics versus Economics” in Applied Economics: Thinking Beyond Stage One. Thomas Sowell,
2004: pp. 1-29.
*(Negative Liberty) “Economic Liberalism—introduction” in Western Liberalism: A History in
Documents from Locke to Croce. Eds. E.K. Bramsted and K.J. Melhuish, 1978: pp. 250-258.
*(Socialism) “The Elements of Socialism” in The Strength and Weakness and Socialism. Richard T.
Ely, 1899: pp. 9-18.
*(Corporatism) “Economic Fascism” by Thomas J. Dilorenzo in The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty.
Foundation for Economic Education, Vol. 44(6): 1994
Economic institutions
***Chp. 3 – Colander
Guns and butter: opportunity cost and the beginnings of an economy
27 Aug: Production possibilities frontier
***Chp. 2 – Colander
**Chp. 2, Appendix A – Colander
Supply, demand, and equilibrium
***Chp. 4 – Colander
Algebra Review
Find your favorite algebra book and/or begin Chp. 5, Appendix A – Colander, pp. 121-123
1 Sep: Supply, demand, and equilibrium (con’t)
***Chp. 4 – Colander
3 Sep: The Macroeconomy: Growth, Business Cycles, and Inflation
***Chp. 22 – Colander
8 Sep: TEST #1 (Chps. 1 – 4)

10 Sep: The Macroeconomy: Growth, Business Cycles, and Inflation


***Chp. 22 – Colander
15 Sep: Primordial Question: Growth and the Wealth of Nations
***Chp. 8 – Colander
*F.A. Hayek, “The Use of Knowledge in Society.” American Economic Review. September 1945.
*James A. Kagn and Robert W. Rich, “Tracking Productivity in Real Time.” Current Issues in
Economics and Finance. Vol. 12(8), November 2006.
17 Sep: Model Building: The Keysian Model – AD/AS
***Chp. 25 – Colander
22 Sep: Model Building II: Multipliers
***Chp. 26 – The Multiplier Model
24 Sep: Test (Chps. 22 – 26)
29 Sep: Money
***Chp. 27 – Colander
***Chp. 27, Appendix A – Colander
1 Oct: Monetary Policy & How Economists Were Once Wrong
***Chp. 28 – Colander
6 Oct: Fiscal Policy
***Chp. 30 – Colander
8 Oct: Current Events (TBD)
15 Oct: Final (Chps. 1 – 4, 22 – 28, 30; emphasis on 22-28, 30)

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Revised: 4/13/04, 6/24/05, 8/01/06, 12/21/06, 6/04/07

GRAND VIEW COLLEGE


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within the college community. When a student requires any instructional or other accommodation to optimize
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Academic Enrichment and Disability Services is Dr. Kris Owens and she can be reached at 515/263-2971.

Class Attendance
The Federal Government requires that students receiving financial aid attend classes. Studentswho are
identified by the instructor as not attending classes, will be reported to the Registrar’s Office. Students who fail
to return to class may lose all or a portion of their financial aid. Students who never attend a class will be
administratively dropped.

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Classroom Conduct
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Grand View Collegeexpects students to conduct themselves as mature members of the College
community respecting the rights of others. Behavior that threatens the safety of others or which interrupts the
learning and teaching process is not tolerated. When students engage in behavior which threatens their own or
the safety of others and/or interferes with classroom learning and teaching, the professor has the authority to ask
students to leave the classroom. Readmission to the classroom is dependant upon the approval of the instructor.
The instructor may also require a student to meet with the Provost before returning to class.

Code of Integrity
As a member of the Grand View Collegecommunity, and in accordance with the mission of the College
and its Lutheran identity, I agree to appreciate and respect the dignity and worth of each individual. I will honor
and promote a community of open interaction, personal integrity, active and intellectual engagement, and
academic honesty with students, faculty, and staff.

College E-Mail Account


E-Mail is the preferred source of communication within the Grand View community. It is essential that
all students check their Grand View College e-mail account or set their account to forward to a preferred e-mail
address.
Students may set up an e-mail auto forward from the myGVC web site. Click on the “Manage and
Update Personal Information” link and then select “set myGVC Mail Forwarding Address” under the “Links for
You” section.
Information outlining proper use of e-mail and computer resources can be found on the myGVC web
site. Click on “Campus Life” and then “Technology Resources.”

The Electronic Portfolio


All students who have taken INTS 101, New Student Seminar, are required to maintain an Electronic
Portfolio that documents their success at Grand View College. At various times during their years at Grand
View, these students are required to update their portfolio and to reflect upon the growth in knowledge and skills.
This on-going reflection culminates in INTS 470, Knowledge in Social Context, where students review the
material they have assembled and consider their college experience in its entirety.

Appeal of Final Course Grade or Other Academic Disciplinary Action


Students who wish to appeal a final course grade or other academic disciplinary action of an instructor
must complete and file an Academic Appeal with the Provost within fourteen calendar days after the end of the
academic term in which the issue of disagreement occurred.