ECONOMICS 401 – MACROECONOMIC THEORY
Office: JH 4254
Office Phone: (818) 677-4571
Office Hours: T 6-7(AM), 9:15-10:00(AM), 6-7 (PM), and by appointment.
Prerequisites: ECON 309, 310, 311 and passing score on the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam.
Course Goal: To gain a better understanding of macroeconomic theory.
Summary of Topics Covered: The determination of aggregate output, employment and prices as well as the impact of monetary and fiscal policy on the economy.
Required Textbook: Macroeconomics, Policy and Practice, Mishkin
Methods of Evaluation: The course grade will be determined by scores on a midterm exam, a cumulative final exam and a term paper. The midterm exam will determine 35% of the class grade, the final 50%, and the remaining 15% of the grade will be determined by a term paper. Plus/minus grading will be used.
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.)