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    Feb 17, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    While I would recommend this class, one should exert caution to my opinion. If you are looking for a moderately-challenging General Education course with very many practical applications, Prof. Mead's ECN 202: Macroeconomics is your course. This review comes to you in five parts. FIRST, The Professor: Professor A. Mead is loud. I am not going to suggest where in the class you should sit, because regardless of your placement, you will hear him very well. And because he moves around the room so frequently, there is not a place your are safe to nap or "rest your eyes." He will NOT//NOT except "I don't know" as an answer for the vast majority of questions he prompts his students to answer. He acknowledges that some questions have to be answered with an "I do not know." but there are few questions he will ask in class where such an answer will be permitted. This is good for you, since it forces you to think and do your best answering the question or risk getting torn to pieces by h-... I mean... or risk getting a 'stern talking to' in front of everyone. He does this to treat you like an adult since it is unacceptable to provide an "I don't know" to your boss who will not give you a stern talking to, but instead will give you a stubborn response such as "You don't know? Well I don't know if you should be working here then." Mead wants you to recognize that he communicates to you with less similarity to a college professor and with more similarity to an employer asking that you dissect an unemployment graph, Index numbers, Ratio Variables, Supply and Demand charts, and so on, in order to prepare you for your future. He uses an exceptionally handy "Readings" packet (260ish pages) alongside a "Handout" packet (200ish pages) (roughly $50ish total) in place of a textbook. He lets you use your "Handout" packet during exams, so I have naturally renamed the packet from "Handout" to "Exam Answers". The class overall is structured to fulfill GenEd requirements, "so rather than an introduction to Macroeconomic theory, it is an "Intelligent Citizens' Guide to Macroeconomics designed to help you make sense of the "real" world into which you will be graduating." Many students have claimed it is a very challenging course. It will only be challenging if you let it become challenging. There is a lot of material you will need to organize, such as the Readings for Class, power-point presentations congruent with the readings, practice questions congruent with the readings, answers to the practice questions, articles you may discuss in class, Supplementary Material, assignment information, and any extra credit information he supplies. Early organization of everything from his Sakai page onto a flash-drive will make your experience in the class much less difficult than it needs to be. Good organization is a must. SECOND, The Exams: Three semester exams are performed at the average pace of 4.5 weeks. There will also be a final exam taking place not very long after the final semester exam. He structures his exams so that you are answering fewer questions but the questions are not multiple choice, so the exam may be more or less difficult depending on your comfort with multiple choice exams. He mentions both on the syllabus and often in class, that he builds both the quizzes and exams off of the practices questions, so it is imperative you do the practice questions to both understand the material and have study documents in order to do well on quizzes and exams. THIRD, The Assignments: There are seven assignments you will be assigned during the semester. They generally ask you to construct a graph of some sort, explain what is going on, and tell a story describing why the graph is important. But this will not necessarily be the case all the time. The assignments are there to support growth in analytic and critical thinking skills which ultimately help you make inferences about variable relationships and so on. FOURTH, The Online Quizzes: There will be 9 online quizzes which you have two days to take. You will be provided two opportunities to score a 100. If you are not happy with your first try at the quiz, you get one more chance. Doing the practice questions prepares you for the quizzes and preparing for the quizzes prepares you for exams. FIFTH, Miscellaneous: -You will need to purchase a semester of Top Hat, a classroom response system, for in class questionnaires and for attendance purposes. It costs $24 for a single term. Including the $50 or so for the texts, you have to spend roughly $75 on three important resources for your success in the class versus only 1 textbook which may cost more, and which includes Macroeconomics material that will not even be covered in a given Macro class. -There are no group projects (as far as I can see.) -Attendance is a MUST. (Sorry). -Taking Mead's class will save you money and give you a great number of opportunities to 'lean-in' and develop your critical thinking skills and ability to make inferences from only a limited amount of information. -It is fairly challenging, and can be very challenging even with good organization, but it is important to remember that it will be a good investment in yourself and your future by taking this class, and an excellent investment coming to class prepared and well organized. ***This review is based off my experience taking Prof. Arthur Mead's ECN 202 Class at URI in the Spring Semester of 2017.

    Course highlights:

    As mentioned above, I have a greater understanding of how to analyze graphs and make inferences from them, to detail the importance of what it is I am analyzing, and then put it in the context of a story. I have also developed my ability to observe the historical relevance of many concepts I have encountered in that class. As you begin to recognize the ways in which certain variables affect the macro-economy, you will begin to see why the world has witnessed so many economic failures, many of which resulted in poverty, disease, unemployment, discrimination, and death. Learning about the importance of the macro-economy to both individuals and entire countries is fascinating to me and I hope by taking Mead's ECN 202 course, it will be just as fascinating. ***This review is based off my experience taking Prof. Arthur Mead's ECN 202 Class at URI in the Spring Semester of 2017.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    To suggest that you take the course is perhaps one of the best pieces of advice I could give to students considering taking this course. Further: -Be prepared to cover Supply and Demand in one class period and then apply the concepts the very next class period. -Come to class having done the readings and looking over the 'Handout' packet for that class. -Take the course. -Purchase tabs to use in your 'Handout' packet for quick reference during exams in class and online quizzes outside of class. -Organize your materials on a flash-drive, doing so will save you time from having to search for every single document you need on the Sakai site. -Go to the review sessions for the quizzes for reinforcement of concepts. -Take the course, please. For one final piece of advice: I suggest you take the class. ***This review is based off my experience taking Prof. Arthur Mead's ECN 202 Class at URI in the Spring Semester of 2017.

    • Spring 2017
    • ArthurMead
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Aug 16, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    Went to class twice all quarter and easily got an A.

    Course highlights:

    She curves the class so the top 20% get A's.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Therefore you cant argue that shes not fair. Go to recitation for the extra credit.

    • Spring 2016
    • Mead

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