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Syllabus - EC 202-64841 Principles of Economics(Macro...

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EC 202-64841: Principles of Economics (Macro) Portland State University: Extended Campus Spring Term 2010 (March 29 – June 6, 2009) Fully Online Delivery INTRODUCTION STATEMENT Students, I want to welcome you to Principles of Macroeconomics. This course will be an overview of macroeconomics concepts that deals with how the government as a whole makes decisions to influence both business and consumers. Macroeconomics examines either the economy as a whole or its basic subdivisions or aggregates such as the government, household , and business sectors. An aggregate is a collection of specific economic units treated as if they were one unit. Therefore, we might lump together the millions of consumers in the U.S. economy and treat them as if they were on huge unit called consumers. In using aggregates, macroeconomics seeks to obtain an over view, or general outline, of the structure of the economy and the relationships of its major aggregates. Macroeconomics speaks of such economic measures as total output, total employment , total income, aggregate expenditures, and the general level of prices in analyzing various economic problems. No or very little attention is given to specific units making up the various aggregates. Macroeconomics examines the forest, not the trees. FACULTY INFORMATION Instructor Nick Bergan Email Address [email protected] (only use this email if you can not get into the course. Please use Blackboard email for all communication within the course. I will always respond within 8 hours of any student communication, if not, please send again. Faculty Availability M-F: 3:30-5:30am PDT; 3-8pm PDT, Sat & Sun: Open Background Info I received both my BA and MS degree in Economics. I love teaching Economics given that it is a very easy subject to apply the concepts. I teach at a variety of campuses as both online and on-campus courses in economics. I have been teaching for the past seven years and have really enjoyed it. Before I started teaching I used to work at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, where I was involved with monetary policy data. I enjoy playing golf, traveling to Mexico and more importantly going to all home and away Florida State football games as that is where I received my MS degree. GO NOLES!!! COURSE DESCRIPTION Principles of Economics (Macro) EC202 is a study of the market system involving the essentials of measuring macro outcomes, cyclical instability, fiscal and monetary policy levers, supply-side options, policy constraints and international economics. . COURSE PREREQUISITES none COURSE MATERIALS Textbook: Economics Today . Roger LeRoy Miller, 13th Edition OR 14 th edition. Addison Wesley Publishing. ISBN: 0321428277
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OR Economics Today: The Macro View, By, Roger LeRoy Miller, 13 th Edition OR 14 th Edition. Addison Wesley Publishing COURSE OBJECTIVES (STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES) By the end of the course, students will: 1 As a United States citizen, to provide an understanding of economics which is essential to comprehend and have a view on today’s political problems, and to be able to make our individual buying, employment, and financial decisions.
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