Principles of Macroeconomics Syllabus for 2021-2022
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ECON-2301-DC003 Principles of Macroeconomics


Course Description

An analysis of the economy as a whole including measurement and determination of Aggregate Demand and Aggregate Supply, national income, inflation and unemployment. Other topics include international trade, economic growth, business cycles, and fiscal policy and monetary policy.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

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Dual Credit Course

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Principles of Macroeconomics 3e - Lee Coppock and Dirk Mateer -  ISBN: 0393872343 or 978-0393872347 (These are both ISBN numbers for the same book!)

Note: You will need the version of the textbook that includes the access code for INQUIZITIVE as this is where you will complete the majority of your coursework.  


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Student Performance

  1. Define economics, including the nature of the economics problem, and identify the fundamental questions concerning economics.
  2. Construct a production possibility curve and describe how it illustrates basic economic concepts.
  3. List the economic functions of the government. Identify the major kinds of taxes and the major expenditures of federal, state, and local governments.
  4. Identify the major elements of the national income accounting system and adjust GNP for changes in the price level.
  5. Describe the phases of the business cycle. State the types and costs of inflation and unemployment.
  6. Identify the Classical and Keynesian theories of employment.
  7. Select appropriate discretionary fiscal and monetary policies to solve the problems of inflation, and unemployment. Identify problems, criticisms, and complications associated with each policy.
  8. Describe a Phillips curve, the effect of supply-side shocks on the curve, and two policy options for solving stagflation. 
  9. Identify the supply and demand of money, illustrate how banks create money, and describe the structure of the Federal Reserve System. 
  10. State the law of comparative advantage and the cases for free trade and for protection. 
  11. Describe three international exchange rate systems, the international balance of payments system, and the current U.S. balance of payment problem and possible policy solutions.

At the completion of the course you should show at least a minimum of 60% competency on the learning objectives listed in this syllabus.

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It is important for you to check BlackBoard regularly, take good notes, participate in discussion, and complete all assignments. You should read the material before attempting the assignments. 

Grading Criteria

I will determine your final grade with the following:

  1. Exams: 60%

  2. Inquizitive: 40%

All assignments and exams have strict deadlines. If you submit any work after the deadline, you will receive a zero for that assignment.

I encourage you to study with a classmate or with a study group. Do not cheat. If you cheat or the work you submit is not your own, you will receive a zero.

I do not give extra credit, but I will drop your lowest exam grade at the end of the semester.

*Please keep in mind that I am available for tutoring and clarification on any items throughout the semester! Online does not mean "on your own," and I am here to help.  You can text, call, or email me to schedule an appointment.  


Your final course grade will consist of an average of:

  • A = 100 to 89.5
  • B = 79.5 to 89.4
  • C = 69.5 to 79.4
  • D = 59.5 to 69.4
  • F = 59.4 and below


Week 1

Chapter 1 - Five Foundations of Economics

Chapter 2 - Model Building and Gains from Trade

Week 2

Chapter 3 - The Market at Work: Supply and Demand

Chapter 4 - Market Outcomes and Tax Incidence

Chapter 5 - Price Controls


Week 3

Chapter 6 - Introduction to Macroeconomics and Gross Domestic Product

Chapter 7 - Unemployment

Chapter 8 - The Price Level and Inflation

Week 4

Chapter 9 - Savings, Interest Rates, and the Market for Loanable Funds

Chapter 10 - Financial Markets and Securities


Week 5

Chapter 11 - Economic Growth and the Wealth of Nations

Chapter 12 - Growth Theory

Chapter 13 - The Aggregate Demand-Aggregate Supply Model

Week 6

Chapter 14 - Recessions, Expansions, and the Debate over How to Manage Them

Chapter 15 - Federal Budgets: The Tools of Fiscal Policy

Chapter 16 - Fiscal Policy


Week 7

Chapter 17 - Money and the Federal Reserve

Chapter 18 - Monetary Policy

Chapter 19 - International Trade

Week 8

Chapter 20 - International Finance


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Syllabus Created on:

06/02/22 1:00 PM

Last Edited on:

06/06/22 9:06 AM