available the day of the lecture. Please consult with a friend or classmate to obtain any missing notes. I encourage all students to ask questions during class. Please be respectful during classroom discussions. In order to succeed in this course, there are plenty of resources for you to utilize. The textbook is your primary source of information in this course. Reading, understanding, and practicing the problems from the text are necessary in order to answer the assignment and exam questions. I will also provide lecture videos, lecture slides, occasional notes, and solved problem sets on Canvas for you to download. While not a part of the calculations for your final grade, these resources are a beneficial aid for you to use to supplement your studies. Important announcements will be accompanied by either a Canvas announcement or an e-mail from me. Students are expected to check Canvas and their e-mail regularly. Tentative Course Outline 1. Exploring Economics 2. Production, Economic Growth, and Trade 3. Supply and Demand 4. Markets and Government 5. Introduction to Macroeconomics 6. Measuring Inflation and Unemployment 7. Economic Growth 8. Aggregate Expenditures 9. Aggregate Demand and Supply 10. Fiscal Policy and Debt 11. Saving, investment, and the Financial System 12. Money Creation and the Federal Reserve 13. Monetary Policy 14. Macroeconomic Policy: Challenges in a Global Economy 15. International Trade 16. Open Economy Macroeconomics Grades Grades will be based upon four exams and ten in-class assignments given throughout the course. Exam scores will not be curved under any circumstances. Extra credit may be given at the discretion of the professor but is not guaranteed. Any individual solicitations for extra points or assignments to boost grades by any means will be immediately denied. The opportunity for any extra points must be given to the entire class. You must take all examinations in order to pass this course; failure to do so will result in an “F” for the course. Any disputes about grades on exams or assignments must be made within one week of the grade posting to Canvas; otherwise the original grade will stand.Examination 1: 25% Examination 2: 25%
Examination 3: 25% Examination 4: 25% In-Class Assignments 10%Your final grade will be calculated as: [(Exam Score #1 * 0.25) + (Exam Score #2 * 0.25) + (Exam Score #3 *.25) + (Exam Score #4 *0.25) + (Total Score In-Class Assignments *.10)]. Note that the maximum percentage a student can receive in this course is 110% and that grades are not rounded in any circumstance. Please use the grading calculator (Excel spreadsheet) and grading scale (Word document) located on Canvas to help simplify your calculations and see where you currently stand in the course. Incomplete Grade Policy Statement A student who is passing a course, but has not completed all work due to exceptional circumstances, may, with consent of the instructor, temporarily receive a grade of incomplete (“I”). The assignment of the “I” grade is at the discretion of the instructor, but is allowed only if the student has a grade of at least a “C” and has completed at least 75% of the course.