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COURSE SYLLABUS

17 / SPRG1 - Early Spring 8-Week Session

Course Syllabus

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Course Syllabus
17 / SPRG1 - Early Spring 8-Week Session
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

 
Course Prefix and Number: ECON 293
 
Course Title: Macroeconomics
 
Semester Credit Hours: 3
 
Class Day and Time: Tue 
05:30 pm-08:30 pm
Additional Notes:

This is a hybrid course which is defined as an online course supported by a weekly in-seat class. Class consists of both in-seat and online instruction through various resources, discussions and homework. We will meet every week, unless otherwise noted. The online portion of our course is located in D2L.

 

Catalog Description

Introduction to concepts and theories applicable to a national economy.  Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. G.E. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement.

Text

Economics Today (Complete with Myecolab) 19th edition
Author: Miller (Pearson)
ISBN: 9780134641713

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Define economics, differentiate between microeconomics and macroeconomics, and explain the goals of an economic system.
  2. Explain the major institutions of capitalism; distinguish among pure capitalism, pure socialism, and mixed economic systems; describe the U.S. and other economies as they relate to these three economic forms.
  3. Describe the role of government in the U.S. economy; analyze the functions of government; explain the concepts of fiscal and monetary policy and how these tools of government policy are used.
  4. Describe the major components of GDP, including consumption, investment, government, and net exports; explain and analyze the factors that impact each of these components of aggregate spending.
  5. Describe and explain the banking system, including the role of commercial banks and the Federal Reserve and describe the way in which money is created in our economy.

Special Course Requirements

The hardcover book will be used for both ECON 293 and ECON 294.

MyEconLab accompanies the Miller text. We utilize many of the available resources including videos, podcasts, animations (narrated interactive PowerPoints), web links and homework assignments. These features can found on a chapter-by-chapter basis once you have access to MyEconLab.

Your instructor will provide a link and instruction to the MyEconLab on the first day of class or shortly before. You must register for the website associated with this course ID.

Graded Activities

In Class Activities90 Points9% of grade
Description -

We have various graded discussions and activities. You must be present and actively participate in the in-seat class in order to receive these points

 
Online Discussions110 Points11% of grade
Description -

Discussions are an integral part of the in-seat portion of this course. Discussion activities are designed to help extend your learning into the real world and bridge the gap between theory and practice. Requirement for discussion assignments are posted in the course for you to review before coming to class. For example, you may be asked to complete Internet research prior to attending class that particular week in order to fully participate in the discussion assignment. Your initial post and response to at least one classmates post is due before 11:59 pm CT Sunday each week.

 
Homework (MyEconLab)200 Points20% of grade
Description -

This course uses an online learning application called MyEconLab, which is designed to accompany your textbook. You must have access to MyEconLab in order to complete the online graded assignments for this course. Each week, there are between 20 and 25 questions to complete in MyEconLab (http://www.myeconlab.com). To access and register for MyEconLab, use your registration access code and enter our Course ID.

Each week there are 2 sets of MyEconLab modules (except for first and last week). First set is for review of each chapter. There are around 5 to 8 application questions from each chapter (total number of questions are around 15 and total points are 15). Second set is for preparation for class. There are 3 to 5 concept questions from each chapter (total number of question are about 10 questions and total points are 10). For example, After the class of first week, you choose each chapter 1, 2 and 3 under Assignment and you find “Review Chapter #” under each chapter. You also see “Prepare Chapter # Dynamic Study Modules” under each chapter 4, 5 and 6. Each set will be due before 11:59pm CT Monday. But I recommend you that finish review set before Saturday, and preparation set before Monday.

 
Dropbox Assignments200 Points20% of grade
Description -

Dropbox assignments are drawn from the text and outside research and should be completed after the week's reading assignment so that the lessons can inform one's work and demonstrate mastery of the concepts. This sequence enables the instructor to provide feedback, which may be helpful in performing the latter assignments. These assignments are 50 points, assigned on the basis of percent of completeness, correct concept analysis, spelling, and grammar.
In many cases, students draw from the text and the resources in MyEconLab to complete the dropbox assignment. If a student's answer references a source other than the text, the student should cite this reference according to the APA or Chicago Manual of Style. The use of any secondary reference without providing citation is plagiarism and will receive a zero. Repeated incidents of plagiarism are reported to the Academic Affairs Office and an "F’ is earned.
The preferred format to submit dropbox assignments is Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx). Submit the Dropbox assignment in one document via the appropriate week's dropbox by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

 
Midterm and Final Exams (In Seat)400 Points40% of grade
Description -

The midterm exam (200 pt / 20%) is scheduled during Week 4.lt is comprehensive, covering material from the first four weeks. That exam will be taken in seat and prepared by your instructor who will set the time limit and rules for taking the exam.

The final exam (200 pt / 20%) is scheduled during Week 8. It is comprehensive, covering all chapter in the course but is concentrated on the last four weeks of the course. That exam will be taken in-seat and prepared by your instructor who will set the time limit and rules for taking the exam. 

 

Grading Scale

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
0-59 F

Additional Information / Instructions

Participation in this course requires the basic technology for all hybrid classes at Columbia College:

  • A computer with reliable Internet access,
  • a web browser,
  • Acrobat Reader,
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office.
  • MyEconLab Access Code.

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
The Nature of Economics, Scarcity, Demand and Supply
Activities:

We have various graded discussions and activities. You must be present and actively participate in the in-seat class in order to earn these points.

Reading:

Chapter 1: The Nature of Economies
Appendix A: Reading and Working with Graphs
Chapter 2: Scarcity and the World of Trade-Offs
Chapter 3: Demand and Supply

Assignments:

Discussion 1 (Online)
Introduce yourself and at least one famous Economics Major. Do not duplicate your fellow students' introductions in that effort. Post to the "Week 1: Welcome and Introductions" topic found in the Discussions area. Your initial post and response to at least one classmates post is due before 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

MyEconLab Homework 1
Visit the MyEconLab website (http://www.myeconlab.com/) for our course that accompanies your text. Click on each Chapter 1,2 and 3 under Assignments and complete the problems. The problems for this week are due before 11:59pm CT Monday.

Dropbox 1 (Online)
Write a short (2-3 page, typed and double-spaced,) essay and upload it to the Week 1 dropbox by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday. Write a thorough analysis of the three basic economic questions along with an analysis of the centralized command and control system, the price system, and the mixed economic system. Remember to cite your research and do not plagiarize.

 
Week 2
Demand & Supply Analysis, Public Spending & Public Choice, & the Public Sector
Activities:

We have various graded discussions and activities. You must be present and actively participate in the in-seat class in order to earn these points

Reading:

Chapter 4: Extensions of Demand and Supply Analysis
Chapter 5: Public Spending and Public Choice
Chapter 6: Funding the Public Sector

Assignments:

Discussion 2 (Online)
Identify the various taxes governments utilize to fund the public sector and the impact of those taxes on both the producer and the consumer. Initial post and response to at least one classmates post is due before 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

MyEconLab Homework 2
Visit the MyEconLab website (http://www.myeconlab.com/) for our course that accompanies your text. Click on each Chapter 1,2,3,4,5 and 6 under Assignments and complete the problems. The problems for this week are due before 11:59pm CT Monday.

 
Week 3
Unemployment, Inflation, Deflation, and Measuring Economic Performance
Activities:

We have various graded discussions and activities. You must be present and actively participate in the in-seat class in order to earn these points

Reading:

Chapter 7: The Macroeconomy; Unemployment, Inflation, and Deflation
Chapter 8: Measuring the Economy's Performance

Assignments:

MyEconLab Homework 3 
Visit the MyEconLab website (http://www.myeconlab.com/) for our course that accompanies your text. Click on each Chapter 4,5,6,7 and 8 under Assignments and complete the problems. The problems for this week are due before 11:59pm CT Monday.

Dropbox 2 (Online) 
Write a short (2-3 page, double-spaced, typed) essay and upload it to the Week 3 Dropbox by the deadline of Sunday at 11:59 pm CT. Write a thorough analysis of unemployment, defining the various types of unemployment, full employment, and the natural rate of unemployment. Describe the impact of unemployment on the economy and your solutions to lower unemployment. Remember to cite your research and not to plagiarize.

 
Week 4
Economic Growth and Real GDP
Reading:

Chapter 9: Global Economic Growth and Development
Chapter 10: Real GDP and the Price Level in the Long Run

Assignments:

Discussion 3 (Online)
Present a thorough analysis of economic growth. What are the factors that contribute to economic growth? Provide your perspective as to what our society can do to enhance economic growth. Your initial post and response to at least one classmates post is due before 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

MyEconLab Homework 4
Visit the MyEconLab website (http://www.myeconlab.com/) for our course that accompanies your text. Click on each Chapter 7, 8, 9 and 10 under Assignments and complete the problems. The problems for this week are due before 11:59pm CT Monday.

Examinations:

Midterm Examination (In Class)
You will take a midterm over the first four weeks of the course (Chapters 1-8). This exam is prepared by your instructor and is taken in accordance with the criteria your instructor has put in place for this course.

 
Week 5
Classical & Keynesian Macro Analyses, Consumption, Real GDP, and the Multiplier
Activities:

We have various graded discussions and activities. You must be present and actively participate in the in-seat class in order to earn these points

Reading:

Chapter 11: Classical and Keynesian Macro Analyses
Chapter 12: Consumption, Real GDP, and the Multiplier

Assignments:

Dropbox 3 (Online)
Write a short (2-3 page, typed, double-spaced) essay and upload it to the Week 5 Dropbox by 11:59 pm CT Sunday. Conduct a thorough analysis of both the classical economic model and the Keynesian economic model. Describe the impact on the aggregate demand and supply curves, along with the impact on inflation and unemployment. Remember to cite your research and not to plagiarize.
 

MyEconLab Homework 5
Visit the MyEconLab website (http://www.mveconlab.com/) for our course that accompanies your text. Click on each Chapter 9,10,11 and 12 under Assignments and complete the problems. The problems for this week are due before 11:59pm CT Monday.

 
Week 6
Fiscal Policy, Deficit Spending and the Public Debt
Activities:

We have various graded discussions and activities. You must be present and actively participate in the in-seat class in order to earn these points.

Reading:

Chapter 13: Fiscal Policy
Chapter 14: Deficit Spending and the Public Debt

Assignments:

Discussion 4 (Online)
Present a thorough analysis of fiscal policy. Detail the effects of discretionary fiscal policies, the various policy levers, the impact of crowding out, time lags, and automatic stabilizer. Your initial post and response to at least one classmates post is due before 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

MyEconLab Homework 6
Visit the MyEconLab website (http://www.myeconlab.com/) for our course that accompanies your text. Click on each chapter 11, 12, 13,and 14 under Assignments and complete the problems. The problems for this week are due before 11:59pm CT Monday.

 
Week 7
Money, Banking, Central Banking, and Monetary Policy
Activities:

We have various graded discussions and activities. You must be present and actively participate in the in-seat class in order to earn these points.

Reading:

Chapter 15: Money, Banking, and Central Banking
Chapter 16: Domestic and International Dimensions of Monetary Policy

Assignments:

Dropbox 4 (Online)
Write a short (2-3 page, typed, double-spaced) essay and upload it to the Week 5 Dropbox by 11:59 pm CT Sunday. Present a thorough analysis of monetary policy. Detail the key factors that influence the quantity of money that people desire to hold, the policy actions taken by the Federal Reserve, and the equation of exchange.

MyEconLab Homework 7
Visit the MyEconLab website (http://www.myeconlab.com/) for our course that accompanies your text. Click on each Chapter 13, 14, 15 and 16 under Assignments and complete the problems. The problems for this week are due before 11:59pm CT Monday.

 
Week 8
World Economy and Global Economic Growth
Activities:

We have various graded discussions and activities. You must be present and actively participate in the in-seat class in order to earn these points.

Reading:

Chapter 17: Stabilization in an Integrated World Economy
Chapter 18: Policies and Prospects for Global Economic Growth

Assignments:

Discussion 5 (Online)
Present a thorough analysis of the inverse relationship between inflation and unemployment reflected by the Phillips curve. Describe the importance of expectations and how they affect the actual relationship between the inflation rate and the unemployment rate. Detail the effects of discretionary fiscal policies, the various policy levers, the impact of
crowding out, time lags, and automatic stabilizer. Initial post & response to at least one classmates post due before 11:59pm Saturday.

MyEconLab Homework 8
Visit the MyEconLab website (http://www.myeconlab.com/) for our course that accompanies your text. Click on each Chapter 15, 16, 17 and 18 under Assignments and complete the problems. The problems for this week are due before 11:59pm CT Saturday.

Examinations:

Final Exam (In Class)
You are asked to take a final exam over the content as determined by your instructor. This exam is prepared by your
instructor and is taken in accordance with the criteria your instructor has put in place for this course.

 

Library Resources

Columbia College Resources - Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Course Policies and Procedures

Attendance

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled.  Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and work missed during an absence for any cause.  If absences jeopardize progress in a course, an instructor may withdraw a student from the course with a grade of "F" or "W" at the discretion of the instructor.  For additional information, see the Columbia College policy on Student Attendance.

Academic Integrity

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students must fulfill their academic obligations through honest, independent effort.  Dishonesty is considered a serious offense subject to strong disciplinary actions.  Activities which constitute academic dishonesty include plagiarism, unauthorized joint effort on exams or assignments, falsification of forms or records, providing false or misleading information, or aiding another in an act of academic dishonesty.  For more information, see the Columbia College Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures.

Class Conduct and Personal Conduct

Columbia College Policy - Students must conduct themselves so others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning.  Students may be disciplined for any conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the College community or which is deemed detrimental to the College's interests. Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom.  For more information, see the Columbia College Student Code of Conduct and Student Behavioral Misconduct Policy and Procedures.

Cancelled Class Make-Up

Columbia College Policy - Classes cancelled because of inclement weather or other reasons must be rescheduled.  For more information, see the Columbia College Inclement Weather Policy.

Make-Up Examinations

Columbia College Policy - Make-up examinations may be authorized for students who miss regularly scheduled examinations due to circumstances beyond their control.  Make-up examinations must be administered as soon as possible after the regularly scheduled examination period and must be administered in a controlled environment.

Campus Policy - Make up examinations are scheduled on designated Saturday mornings 9am in 103 Buchanan. Students must present a picture I.D. in order to be admitted to the testing session. Students must arrange with the instructor to take the exam before or after it is given in class and permission to take a makeup examination (or any graded activity) is granted at the discretion of the instructor.

Adding, Dropping, or Withdrawing from a Course

Columbia College Policy - Students may add a course through Wednesday of the first week of the session and drop a course without academic or financial liability through close of business on Monday of the second week of the session.  Once enrolled, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws in accordance with College policy.  An official drop/withdrawal takes place only when a student has submitted a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form.  A failure to attend class, or advising a fellow student, staff or adjunct faculty member of an intent to withdraw from a class does not constitute official drop/withdrawal.  The drop/add/withdrawal periods begin the same day/date the session starts, not the first day a particular class begins. If a student stops attending a class but does not submit the required Drop/Withdrawal form a grade of "F" will be awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Registration Policy and Procedures.

Withdrawal Excused

Columbia College Policy - A student may request an excused withdrawal (WE) under extraordinary circumstances by submitting a Drop/Withdrawal form accompanied by a complete explanation of the circumstances and supporting documentation to the location director.  The WE request must include all classes in which the student is currently enrolled.  The Vice President for Adult Higher Education is the approving authority for all WE requests.  A student who receives approval of their WE request may still be required to return some or all of the federal financial assistance received for the session.  For more information, see the Columbia College Withdrawal Policy.

Incomplete

Columbia College Policy - A student may request that the instructor award a grade of "I" due to extraordinary circumstances (unforeseen or unexpected circumstances beyond the student's control) that prevent a student from completing the requirements of a course by the end of a session.  An "I" will not be given because a student is failing, negligent or not meeting requirements.  If the instructor believes an "I" is appropriate, the instructor will specify the work needed to complete the course and the time allowed to complete the work.  Work missed must be made up within two subsequent sessions unless the instructor specifies an earlier date.  Extensions beyond two sessions must be approved by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  If the work is completed during the specified time period, the instructor will change the "I" to the grade earned.  If the work is not completed during the specified time, the instructor may allow the incomplete to remain on the student's permanent record or change it to any other letter grade.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

Grade Appeal

Columbia College Policy - A student may appeal any grade given if it is believed to be in error or in conflict with Columbia College policy and procedures.  The student must state in writing to the location director why the grade awarded is believed to be in error and request a desired remedy.  The faculty member who awarded the grade will be given the opportunity to comment on all student allegations.  If the issue cannot be resolved at the location the appeal will be transmitted through the location director to the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  A grade appeal must be received for review by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education prior to the end of 60 days from the date the grade was awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

Prerequisites

Columbia College Policy - Course prerequisites are established to ensure that a student has adequate academic preparation to succeed in a particular course.  Staff members will attempt to ensure that students meet prerequisite requirements.  However, it is the student's responsibility to closely examine the course descriptions to determine if prerequisites exist and to enroll in courses in the proper sequence.  In some exceptional cases it may be apparent that the student possesses the required skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular course, even though they have not taken the prerequisite course.  In this case the prerequisite course may be waived by the location director.  Waiver of a course as a prerequisite does not remove the requirement to complete the course if it is a requirement for the student's degree program.

CougarTrack

Columbia College Policy - The College provides all students access to CougarMail (the official means of e-mail communication for the College), online resources from the Stafford Library, and their Columbia College records (transcripts, grades, student schedules, etc.) through CougarTrack.

CougarMail

Columbia College Policy - The official student email address (also known as CougarMail) will be used for all official correspondence from faculty and staff.  Students are responsible for the information received and are required to monitor their CougarMail account on a regular basis.  Students may forward their CougarMail to another email account but will be held responsible for the information sent over CougarMail, even if there is a problem with the alternate mail service.

Cell Phones

Columbia College Policy - Cell phones can be a distraction to the learning process.  Location directors or course instructors may require that cell phones be turned off or set to vibrate during class periods.  Students requiring special arrangements to receive a cell phone call during class should make prior arrangements with their location director or course instructor.

Bookstore Information

Columbia College Policy - As part of Truition, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below. 

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address.  Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional loose-leaf print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource Bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns:  Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy.  Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Note: 
Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.  Visit https://www.ccis.edu/bookstore.aspx for details.

FERPA

Columbia College Policy - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  For more information, see the Columbia College Family Education Rights and Privacy Policy.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College Policy - Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources.  Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted.  If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible.  The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible.  Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626.  For more information, see the Columbia College ADA and Section 504 Policy for Students.

Alcohol and Other Drugs: Columbia College Policies & Resources

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College recognizes the negative health effects associated with the use, possession, and distribution of controlled and/or illicit substances, and their detrimental impact on the quality of the educational environment.  Therefore, all members of the College community share in the responsibility of protecting the campus environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.  For more information and resources, see the Columbia College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy.

Tobacco-Free Policy

Columbia College Policy - The following policy goes into effect on August 21, 2017.  Columbia College values and is concerned for the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. The College is committed to providing a healthful and productive educational and employment environment for members of the College community. Consistent with this commitment and in the interest of the general health and welfare of the College community, the College prohibits the use of all tobacco products and related devices on all College property and premises.  For more information, see the Columbia College Tobacco-Free Policy.

Non-Discrimination

Columbia College Policy - Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of protected status (see Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity for a definition of "protected status") are strictly prohibited. Persons who engage in such conduct are subject to discipline up to and including termination or dismissal.  For more information, see the Columbia College Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy and Complaint Resolution Procedure.

Columbia College Policy Library

Columbia College Policy - The policies set forth in the Online Policy Library are the current official versions of College policies and supersede and replace any other existing or conflicting policies covering the same subject matter.  The Online Policy Library is currently under construction with new policies being added on a frequent basis and the policies currently listed are not comprehensive of every College policy.  Questions regarding the Online Policy Library should be directed to the Office of the General Counsel.  For more information on policies applicable to students, see Student Policies.  For more information on policies applicable to the entire Columbia College community, see College-Wide Policies.

Technical Support

Columbia College Policy - If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance.  If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource.  Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

        - Columbia College Technology Solutions Center:  CCHelpDesk@ccis.edu, 1-800-231-2391 ext. 4357

        - D2L Helpdesk:  helpdesk@d2l.com, 1-877-325-7778

        - VitalSource:  support@vitalsource.com, 1-855-200-4146

ADDITIONAL CAMPUS POLICIES

Course Evaluations - All students are encouraged to complete the online course evaluations. Students are notified by way of CougarMail when the evaluations are available. The evaluations are used to help instructors improve their teaching techniques. They are reviewed carefully by the Evening Campus Director, Assistant Director, and several AHE Administrators. Student should know that all responses are completely confidential, instructors only view results after grades are posted. Your input is valued and appreciated.

Late graded assignment/activity policy - All graded assignments or activities are due when stated in the syllabus or by the instructor. Graded assignments or activities submitted after the stated due date/time will not receive any credit unless the instructor has specifically stated that full or partial credit may be awarded to late submissions.

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