In addition to comparing competing theories and policies, we will make extensive use of empirical data to see just how successful the various theories are. Text and Additional Readings: The required text for this class is Macroeconomics by Frederic Manikins. It is available from textbook rental. During the semester I will ask you to read additional items taking from newspapers and magazines. These readings will make the material being discussed more topical, and expand your range Of information sources Grading: Exams There will two hour exams and a non-comprehensive final. Each test will count 25% of your course grade.
You must complete all the exams in order to pass this class. Papers and problem sets During the semester I will assign several papers and problem sets covering topics discussed in class, in the text or in the outside readings. The papers and problem sets account for the other 25% of your final grade. Papers will be graded on economic content and on presentation. Papers will be assigned in class: you are responsible for any assigned paper, whether you are present or not. All papers are due at the beginning of class on the assigned day. If the paper is not turned in during class, it is assigned a one-half letter grade penalty.
An additional penalty of one-half letter grade for each hour that it is late will then be assessed. All papers must meet minimal presentation standards to be acceptable. These standards address spelling, punctuation, format and basic grammar. Specifically, errors include but are not limited to the following: 1. Each different word misspelled; 2. Each sentence fragment; 3. Each mistake in capitalization; 4. Each serious error in punctuation that obscures meaning; 5. Each error in verb tense or subject/verb agreement; and 6. Lack of conformity with assignment format.
Avoid these errors by using available software for checking spelling and rammer. These software packages identify most but not all errors. If you are not sure, seek advice from the staff in the Writing Center. A paper with more than three errors on any one page, or more than 10 in the entire document is unacceptable. I stop reading when either figure is exceeded and return the paper to you without a grade. If a paper is returned to you because of fatal errors, you must correct it and return it to me by 4:30 p. M. The next day. Grades on papers that are returned because of fatal errors are reduced automatically by one letter.
It is, therefore, in your best interest to use available help before you submit papers. A paper that still has fatal errors after it is resubmitted will receive a grade no higher than a D. You must complete all paper assignments to pass this course. Assignment of grades will use the following scale to assign final grades: 90-100% = A; 80-90 = B; 70-80 – C; 60-70 D; 59 or less F Student/Faculty Rights and Responsibilities propose the following “contract’ between you and me. Will work to provide a rigorous and useful learning experience. To this end, I will present material in as clear and organized fashion as I can.
I will treat you fairly. Encourage outstanding student performance and will reward those ho have achieved such levels with the highest grades. Students who submit work of lower quality receive lower grades. Grades are based on your performance: You are ultimately responsible for earning the grade. I will treat you with respect and expect similar treatment from you. I also expect you to treat your fellow students with respect. The classroom is an environment to promote learning, which entails discussion and sometimes disagreement. To that end I will endeavor to create an environment of intellectual freedom and diversity of thought.
You are accountable for your actions. You are expansible for, among other things, meeting deadlines, adhering to an acceptable code of conduct and treating me and your fellow students with respect. Academic dishonesty is not permitted. As stated in the SIZE undergraduate catalogue: “The University gives high priority to matters of academic ethics and abhors all types of cheating, including plagiarism. Plagiarism is the act of representing the work of another as one’s own and may consist of copying or otherwise using written or oral work of another without proper acknowledgement of the source.