- Class Number 7441
- Term Code 2960
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Cameron Gordon
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/07/2019
- Class End Date 25/10/2019
- Census Date 31/08/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
Macroeconomics is concerned with the operation of the economy as a whole, with attention paid to such things as unemployment, inflation, and interest rates, determination of the level of national income, savings and investment, and the exchange rate and the current account of the balance of payments. The course develops a consistent model of the economy to explore the interactions of key macroeconomic markets and variables and to examine the impacts of different kinds of shocks to the economy and the role of government budgetary and monetary policy in influencing the level of economic activity.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the core theoretical models used by macroeconomists, in particular the Solow growth model and the AS/AD-model;
- Discuss the usefulness and limitations of these models;
- Explain and understand some of the associated empirical implications and policy issues;
- Critically read and understand many newspaper and magazine articles covering current economic events;
- Have a brief overview of some of the institutional features of the Australian economy and some overseas economies.
The lecture content will include scholarly research in the field of macroeconomics and related economic theory and history, including the lecturer’s own research. In addition, other data, research and concepts will be presented during the lectures that are not covered in the textbook. This material will be sourced from the relevant academic literature, policy studies and reporting on current events. During the tutorials, students will have the opportunity to discuss the key points from the research and data discussed in class.
Additional Course Costs
There are no additional class costs.
Textbook: Hubbard, R. Glenn, Anne M. Garnett, Philip Lewis, and Anthony O’Brien, Macroeconomics, 4th edition. Melbourne: Pearson, 2018. You can purchase the textbook from the bookstore on campus, and a copy will also be available for short term loan in the Chifley Library.
The following website is useful for reading up on macroeconomic and microeconomic concepts:
CORE, The Economy 1.0, available at http://www.core-econ.org
There is also an open-source textbook which students may find useful:
OpenStax College. (2014). Principles of Macroeconomics, 2nd edition. Houston, TX: OpenStax CNX. https://openstax.org/details/books/principles-macroeconomics
Other materials, available online, will also be prescribed to supplement the text on certain topics. These links will be provided on the Wattle site in advance of the relevant lectures.
Earlier editions of Hubbard et. al., in particular the second and third editions of this textbook are also acceptable, though not ideal.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Macroeconomics v microeconomics||Hubbard,Chapters 1, 2, 3|
|2||The Great Depression and the birth of macroeconomics||Readings provided through Wattle|
|3||National Income Accounting||Hubbard, Chapter 4|
|4||Economic growth||Hubbard, Chapters 5, 6; Take-home assignment 1 Due|
|5||Labour Markets and Unemployment||Hubbard, Chapter 7|
|6||Inflation||Hubbard, Chapter 8; online quiz 1 due|
|7||The short-run model of the macroeconomy||Hubbard, Chapter 9|
|8||Aggregate Demand and Supply analysis||Hubbard, Chapter 10 (except appendix); online quiz 2 due|
|9||Schools of Macroeconomic Thought||Hubbard, Chapter 10 appendix and other readings posted to Wattle|
|10||Monetary Policy||Hubbard, Chapters 11, 12; Take-home assignment 2 due|
|11||Fiscal Policy||Hubbard, Chapter 13|
|12||Open Economy Macroeconomics||Hubbard, Chapter 14|
You are expected to attend one tutorial each week from Week 2 onwards. You must enrol in a tutorial using the Wattle site for this course, and attend the tutorial in which you are enrolled. A selection of tutorials will be open for enrolment prior to the beginning of the semester - the remaining tutorials will be open in week 1 of Semester. When tutorials are available for enrolment, follow these steps:
1. Log on to Wattle, and go to the course site
2. Click on the link “Tutorial enrolment”
3. On the right of the screen, click on the tab “Become Member of…..” for the tutorial class you wish to enter
4. Confirm your choice
If you need to change your enrolment, you will be able to do so by clicking on the tab “Leave group….” and then re-enrol in another group. You will not be able to enrol in groups that have reached their maximum number. Please note that enrolment in ISIS must be finalised for you to have access to Wattle.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Take-home assignment 1||15 %||12/08/2019||26/08/2019||1,2,3,4,5|
|Online Quiz 1||10 %||28/08/2019||02/09/2019||1,2,5|
|Online quiz 2||10 %||25/09/2019||29/09/2019||1,2,5|
|Take-home assignment 2||15 %||09/10/2019||15/10/2019||1,2,3,4,5|
|Final Exam||50 %||31/10/2019||16/11/2019||1,2,3,4,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
This is an on-campus course. Attendance at all teaching events, while not compulsory, is expected in line with “Code of Practice for Teaching and Learning”, clause 2 paragraph (b).
In addition, tutorials are a discussion-based class. Providing worked solutions would not effectively compensate for missing a tutorial. Students who, through unavoidable and unplanned occurrences, are unable to attend a tutorial class one week are encouraged to work through the problems and attend a consultation session for discussion and solutions.
There will be a final exam, administered by through the exams office, of 180 minutes with 30 minutes reading time. 50%, compulsory and non-redeemable.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Take-home assignment 1
Take-home tasks involving problem-solving questions and analysis. Take-home assignment 1 is worth 15% of total course mark. This assignment is compulsory and non-redeemable. The assignment will have questions similar to those provided in tutorials. The take-home assignment will need to be submitted electronically through Turnitin; a hardcopy submission may also be required. Exact submission requirements will be posted on Wattle. Email and fax submissions are not acceptable. The questions will be released a week in advance on the due date.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5
Online Quiz 1
60 minute quiz, administered through Wattle. Online Quiz 1 is worth 10% of the total course mark. The quiz is both compulsory and non-redeemable. There will be a one day window in which students can take the exam but once they commence it they will have one hour to complete it. Further details on the quizzes will posted on Wattle shortly after the semester commences.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5
Online quiz 2
60 minute quiz, administered through Wattle. Online Quiz 2 is worth 10% of the total course mark. The quiz is both compulsory and non-redeemable. There will be a one day window in which students can take the exam but once they commence it they will have one hour to complete it. Further details on the quizzes will posted on Wattle shortly after the semester commences.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Take-home assignment 2
Take-home tasks involving problem-solving questions and analysis. Take-home assignment 2 is worth 15% of total course mark. This assignment is compulsory and non-redeemable. The assignment will have questions similar to those provided in tutorials. The take-home assignment will need to be submitted electronically through Turnitin; a hardcopy submission may also be required. Exact submission requirements will be posted on Wattle. Email and fax submissions are not acceptable. The questions will be released a week in advance on the due date.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
180 minutes with 30 minutes reading time. Worth 50% of course mark. This exam is compulsory and non-redeemable.
The final exam will test the entire material covered throughout the semester, with an emphasis on the second half of the course. It will be held during the university examination period. The format of the exam has not yet been finalized but likely will consist of 3 sections – multiple choice, short answer and long answer - to be answered in 3 hours. The questions will vary in complexity ranging from basic questions up through questions of increasing complexity and requiring creativity and higher analytic and communication skills.
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