ECONOMICS 161 – MACROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES
Office: BB 4254
Office Phone: (818) 677-4571
Office Hours:, Tuesday 7-8 (am), 9:15-10:15 (am), 6-7 (pm) and by appointment.
Prerequisites: ECON 160 (Microeconomic Principles)
Course Goal: To introduce macroeconomic concepts.
Summary of Topics Covered: Measuring the economy, interest rate determination, the money market, prices, output, the labor market, business cycles and economic growth.
Required Textbook: Principles of Macroeconomics, by Gregory Mankiw
Methods of Evaluation: The course grade will be determined by scores on two midterm exams, a final exam and graded quizzes. Plus/minus grading will be used. There will be two midterms and a final exam. Each midterm test is worth 25 percent of your grade. The final exam will be cumulative and is worth 40 percent of your grade. There are no make-up exams. Graded Quizzes: Ten percent of your grade will be based on graded quizzes using the Aplia system (see handout): http://econ.aplia.com. The course key is: 54A4-Y88Y-N8DS
Aplia Assignments: The graded problem sets have a firm due date. Once the due date passes, Aplia records your grade and you can no longer change your answers or complete the assignment. Aplia assignments must be done by the due date. There will not be late work accepted regardless of circumstances. However, I will drop the two lowest scores. The software does not understand excuses. Do your assignments early to keep last minute emergencies from getting in your way.
Policy on Academic Dishonesty: University rules prohibit cheating, fabrication, facilitating the academic dishonesty of another student, and plagiarism. If you engage in any of these activities in this class, you can expect to receive a failing grade. A letter will be sent to the appropriate campus officials. "Cheating or plagiarism in connection with an academic program at a campus is listed in Section 41301, Title V, California Code of Regulations, as an offense for which a student may be expelled, suspended or given a less severe disciplinary sanction" (2004-2006 CSUN Catalog, pages 531-532).
Drop Policy: According to University policy, non-attendance does not constitute withdrawal; to withdraw from this class you must file a drop form with the University. If you fail to formally drop the class, a "WU" (unauthorized withdrawal), the equivalent of a failing grade, will be recorded. The university drop policy allows students to drop online during the first three weeks of the semester. The 4th Week Change of Schedule Petition (for use in week 4 of classes only) is available online at http://www.csun.edu/a&r/forms/pdf/petition.html. However, during the fourth week, drops are "normally not permitted." Petitions to drop during the 4th week require that the student document a "serious and compelling reason." After the fourth week, the only option to drop is a Complete Medical Withdrawal (based either on your illness or that of someone you take care of).
Incomplete: A grade of "Incomplete" will only be assigned when most of the course has been completed with a passing grade. This is only permitted when unforeseen circumstances arise that preclude finishing course work related to a class. According to University policy, an incomplete may not be assigned when a student would have to retake a course. (See the CSUN 2004-2006 Catalog, page 56.)
How to access your Aplia course
Aplia is part of CengageBrain, which allows you to sign in to a single site to access your Cengage materials and courses.
Online: Purchase access to your course (including the digital textbook) from the CengageBrain website.
Bookstore: Purchase access to Aplia from your bookstore. Check with the bookstore to find out what they offer for your course.
After paying, you will have the option to purchase a physical book at a discounted price. If you choose to pay later, you can use Aplia without paying until 11:59 PM on 09/11/2011.