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LRAP-MWF-sp07 - University of Colorado at Boulder Libby...

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University of Colorado at Boulder Libby Residential Academic Program, Spring 2007 Econ 2020 Section 750/751 Principles of Macroeconomics Lectures: MWF 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. Recitation: F 11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Instructor: Vijaya Raj Sharma, Ph.D. Office hours: MWF 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. @ Econ. 4A Voice-mail: 303-492-3021 E-mail: [email protected] Web site: http://spot.colorado.edu/~sharmav/ Course Introduction The course introduces macroeconomic goals of an economy and the most generally used indicators of macroeconomic performances, especially measures of inflation, unemployment, and total output. It develops a basic framework of analyzing effects of macroeconomic policy initiatives on the economy and discusses different economic theories and opposing views on stabilization of economic activities. Special emphasis is given to the discussion of current issues in the U.S. Course Prerequisite Econ 2010 Principles of Microeconomics Textbook (optional) Understanding Macroeconomics, by Kulkarni, Dolan, and Lindsey, Revised Second Edition, Horizon Textbook Publishing Web Notes Some notes on lecture topics and practice exams are available on the instructor's web site. Web notes are not necessarily arranged in the order of the lectures. They may differ from lectures in some details and may even be incomplete or nonexistent for some topics. Aplia On-line Assignments The course uses online assignments offered by Aplia. To access these assignments you need to register with Aplia at www.aplia.com; the necessary instructions are posted on the instructor’s website. Aplia charges a fee for registration. Instructor has no business interest and does not get any monetary gain from Aplia. Aplia allows students to work with graphical and multiple choice questions. Assignments on each topic come in a pair: “practice” and “graded.” In the practice part, students immediately get feedback for a wrong answer, with explanations as to why the student’s answer is wrong. Therefore, it is helpful to do the practice questions, before attempting the graded part. Students would know their performance in graded part only after the due date. Both practice and graded assignments count for grading and carry equal weight; practice assignments are graded for effort and graded assignments for correct answers. It is students’ responsibility to keep track of due date of each assignment; Aplia sends reminder emails to each registered student a day before an assignment is due. Once the deadline passes, it is not possible to extend the due date. 1
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Grading Policy The course grade shall depend on performances in three multiple-choice tests, Aplia assignments, and a number of random class or recitation works assigned by the instructor during lectures or recitations. The weights of the above course components for course grade are: Exam 1 or Exam 2, whichever is better 40% Exam 3 40% Aplia assignments 10% Random class/recitation assignments 10% No test is cumulative and each test shall have 40 multiple-choice questions. Overall Aplia
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