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San Joaquin Delta College
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Econ 1a - Principles of Macroeconomics
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San Joaquin Delta College Principles of Economics 1A Macro 3units Monday through Thursday 10 30am to 12 40pm Prerequisite Reading Level II June 9 2008 Through July 18 2008 Last Drop No Penalty Date 6 18 2008 Last Drop Date 7 8 2008 Stockton Campus Room Cunningham 119 Instructor Rick Swanson Phone 209 476 9004 Email rswanson deltacollege edu Required Text McConnell Campbell R and Stanley R Brue Economics 17th Edition McGraw Hill Book Co New York 2008 Course Description This course parallels introductory courses in economics in universities and four year colleges and is appropriate for both the A A degree and for transfer units It is recommended for majors in economics business political science or other social sciences Macroeconomics explores economics at an aggregate level The focus is on the functioning and influencing of entire economies rather then individual participants such as households firms and markets This course examines economic issues facing our nation as a whole and emphasizes such subjects as national income accounting business cycles employment theory and the relationships between production employment and income Other topics include fiscal and monetary policy public debt the money supply inflation unemployment economic growth and international trade Learning Outcomes Generally this course will prepare you to do the following 1 Understanding the terminology of economics 2 Understanding the underlying causes of inflation and recession 3 Understanding the business cycle and the application of Keynesian tools to influence the business cycle 4 Understanding the creation of money and interest rate determination Course Policies Attendance Attendance at each class meeting is expected If you know in advance that you will be absent from a class it is your responsibility to notify the instructor prior to the class In all circumstances students are responsible for all materials covered in every class session You are also expected to be on time for all classes Tardiness or failure to attend a full session may be penalized It is important for you to be present to participate in discussion of the topics covered in this class You should plan to complete all reading assignments before each class session Your participation is a critical ingredient for learning Plagiarism Students are to be cognizant of and in compliance with the Delta College plagiarism policy at all times during Principles of Economics 1A Academic Honesty Academic honesty is the failure to maintain academic integrity It includes both cheating and plagiarism In response to cases of academic dishonesty I reserve the right to award zero points for a course requirement or F for a course grade Email Phone Communication Phone and email communication will serve as my office hours in this course and I encourage you to call or email me with any questions or comments you might have as the class progresses Course Requirements Homework There will be daily homework assignments Assignments will consist of a variety of exercises problems and short essays Homework is due the next class meeting after it is assigned No credit will be given for work that is not turned in on time Midterm Exam The midterm will be given at the beginning of class The test will cover the material from chapters 1 through 8 Exams cannot be taken late unless arrangements have been made in advance A makeup paper will be assigned in allowable cases Class Participation Students are expected to participate in class discussions and students must be well prepared for each class Final Exam The final exam will be comprehensive but it will focus on the material covered after the midterm Disclaimer The instructor reserves the right to make any necessary adjustments in the operation of the course that in his professional judgment are warranted to better meet the needs of the student Student Evaluation Grades will be based on 1 000 possible points The points will be distributed in the following manner Class Participation 150 points Homework Assignments 250 points Midterm Exam 300 points Final Exam 300 points 1 000 points Scale For Final Grade Your grade is based on the percentage of the 1 000 points you achieve The conversions to letter grades are as follows A 921 C 721 779 A 900 920 C 700 720 B 880 899 D 680 699 B 821 879 D 621 679 B 800 820 D 600 620 C 780 799 F 0 599 Class Schedule The instructor reserves the right to make changes in the class schedule Session Focus Reading 6 9 Introduction Chapters 1 and 2 6 10 Demand and Supply Chapter 3 6 11 Demand and Supply Chapter 3 6 12 The Economy Pub Private sectors Chapter 4 6 16 The U S Economy Global Economy Chapter 5 6 17 Measuring Output Nat Income Chapter 6 6 18 Measuring Output Nat Income Chapter 6 6 19 Economic Growth and Instability Chapter 7 6 23 Economic Growth and Instability Chapter 7 6 24 Basic Macroecon Relationships Chapter 8 6 25 Review For Midterm 6 26 Midterm Exam Chapters 1 8 6 30 The Aggregate Expenditure Model Chapter 9 7 1 Aggregate Demand Supply Chapter 10 7 2 Fiscal Policy Chapter 11 7 3 Fiscal Policy Chapter 11 7 7 Money and Bank ing Chapter 12 7 8 Money and Banking Chapter 12 7 9 Money Creation Chapter 13 7 10 Int Rates Monetary Policy Chapter 14 7 14 Int Rates Monetary Policy Chapter 14 Chapters 1 8 7 15 Aggregate Supply Econ Growth 7 16 Review For Final Exam 7 17 Final Exam Chapters 15 16


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