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COURSE NAME: "Principles of Macroeconomics "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2019

EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 8:30-9:45 AM
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: MA 100 or MA 101; Recommended: EN 105
OFFICE HOURS: 8:00-8:30 before class or by appointment

An introduction to the basic principles of the macro economy, such as national income accounting, determination of national income, business cycles, inflation, unemployment, fiscal and monetary policy, macroeconomics in the open economy, and economic growth.
The course will cover the following topics in macroeconomics: comparative advantage and trade, supply and demand, the data of macroeconomics, economic growth, unemployment, the financial system, basics of finance, money, banking and central banks, inflation, loanable funds, exchange rates, balance of payments,  aggregate supply and demand, business cycles, monetary and fiscal policy, and the inflation-unemployment trade-off.  The course focus is on critical-thinking and analyses of economic issues.  The course includes a debate on a macroeconomic topic assigned by the professor.

The course materials are posted on Moodle, our leaning management system, available at http://moodle.johncabot.edu/ .

You have to create your own account, unless you already have one. Information on creating moodle accounts can be found at https://johncabot.libguides.com/moodle.  The course id is MacroEconomics

Once you are logged in, search for the course (pay attention to the right section, if necessary). You will then be prompted to enter an enrollment key to access the course. For this course the enrollment key will be given in class.


*  Understand basic macroeconomic tools and concepts so as to use them to construct critical arguments regarding economic issues

*   Learn to read data and evaluate sources of economic data

*   Develop applications of mathematical tools

*   Write and speak clearly and carefully so as to better articulate arguments

*   Locate data sources and prepare visual presentations to learn how to properly document materials  and convey information clearly and ethically

Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
MacroeconomicsMankiw and TaylorCengage978-1473725362 Any previous edition will work.

First ExamShort problems and essays20%
Second ExamShort problems and essays20%
Third ExamShort problems and essays20%
Final exam Comprehensive essays plus short problems30%
Assignment: Policy DebateStudents will work in groups to present a debate on an assigned topic. Assessment includes presentation as well as a written evalution of the presented debates.10%

AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course. 90-93: A-; 94 and higher: A
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments. 80-83: B-; 84-86: B; 87-89: B+
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings. 70-73: C-; 74-76: C; 77-79 C+
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail. 60-63: D-; 64-67: D; 68-69: D+
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant. Below 60 is failing.


As the final exam is comprehensive, students who miss 4 classes or fewer (excused or unexcused) will have the option to drop two of their lowest midterm exam grade and move those weights to the final. Students who do not meet the attendance requirements will not have this option.

Students who are late to class (arriving after the attendance call) are counted as not attending.

Students are expected to have read the chapters before class and to participate in the lectures if they wish to learn the material well.

No electronic devices are allowed in class.  No eating and drinking during class.

Bring a calculator to class.


As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.



Week 1: January 22, 24
Chapter 1: Ten Principles of Economics
Chapter 3: Interdependence and the Gains from Trade

Week 2: January 29, 31
Chapter 4: The Market Forces of Supply and Demand
Chapter 5: Measuring a Nation’s Income

Week 3:  February 5, 7
Chapter 5: (cont).
Chapter 6: Measuring the Cost of Living

Week 4: February 12, 14
Chapter 6: (cont.)
Chapter 7: Production and Growth

Week 5: February 19, 21, 22
Exam 1: Tuesday, February 19: Chapters 1, 3, 4, 5, 6
Chapter 8: Saving, Investment, and the Financial System

Week 6: February 26, 28
Chapter 9: The Basic Tools of Finance
Chapter 10: Unemployment

Week 7: March 5, 7
Chapter 11: The Monetary System
Chapter 12: Money, Growth, and Inflation

Week 8:  March 19, 21
Chapter 12: (cont.)
Chapter 13: Open-economy Macroeconomics: Basic Concepts 

Week 9: March 26, 28
Tuesday, March 26th Meeting time for debating groups.
Exam 2: Thursday, March 28: Chapters 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Week 10: April 2, 4
Chapter 16: Aggregate Demand and Aggregate Supply
Chapter 17: The Influence of Monetary and Fiscal Policy on Aggregate Demand

Week 11: April 9, 11
Exam 3: Tuesday, April 9th Chapters 13, 16

Week 12: April 16, 18
Chapter 18: Short-run Trade-off Between Inflation and Unemployment
Chapter 19: The Financial Crisis

Week 13:  April 23
Macroeconomic Debates - team playoffs

Week 14: April 30
Chapter 20: Common Currency Areas and European Monetary Union

Week 15: Final Exam Comprehensive.  See University schedule for day and time.