- Class Number 7436
- Term Code 2960
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Timo Henckel
- Dr Timo Henckel
- 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
This course extends and reinforces the material developed in Macroeconomics 2 by analysing a number of policy issues in macroeconomics. Its objective is to show how practical problems can be structured and analysed using macroeconomic models and appropriate data. Most of the applications will be drawn from contemporary and historical Australian experience. Topics to be discussed include measurement and interpretation of macroeconomic aggregates; impact of the world economy on short-run fluctuations in Australia; determinants of economic growth and foreign debt; assessment of the impact of fiscal policy; inflation targets and monetary policy; and the persistence of unemployment.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On successful completion of the course, students will:
1. be able to use macroeconomic models to examine and understand recent major economic events in the Australian economy;
2. understand how to use different macroeconomic models to evaluate macreconomic activity;
3. be familiar with the main computational models used in Australia to forecast economic economic activity, and how they are used to evaluate policy proposals;
4. know how to report macroeconomic policy analysis in a coherent way with clear explanations of the economic intuition;
While the course’s mission is to teach macroeconomic principles, a strong emphasis will be placed on critical thinking. The lecturer is an active researcher, with expertise in macroeconomics, monetary economics, international finance and behavioural economics. Whenever possible, he draws attention to new ideas and evidence in macroeconomics.
Examination Material or equipment
Examinations will be administered by the central examinations office. The final exam is closed book; the only permitted materials will be a non-programmable calculator.
Students are strongly urged to have access to the following textbook which forms the basis for much of this course:
- Carlin, Wendy, and David Soskice, Macroeconomics: Imperfections, Institutions, and Policy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Copies of the textbook will be available in the reserve section of Chifley library. If you wish to purchase a copy, you should be able to do so through the Harry Hartog campus bookshop. Alternatively, order a copy through www.amazon.com or www.bookdepository.com.
Some additional reading will be made available on the Wattle course site throughout the semester.
Other useful texts for the course include:
- Williamson, Stephen D., Macroeconomics 5th edition, New York: Pearson, 2014.
- Gottfries, Nils, Macroeconomics, London: Palgrave Macmillan. 2015.
- Leamer, Edward E., Macroeconomic Patterns and Stories: A Guide for MBAs, Berlin: Springer, 2009.
- Montiel, Peter J., International Macroeconomics, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
- Chugh, Sanjay K., Modern Macroeconomics, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2015.
- Heijdra, Ben J., Foundations of Modern Macroeconomics 2nd edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
- Bénassy-Quéré, Agnès, Benoît Cœuré, Pierre Jacquet, and Jean Pisani-Ferry, Economic Policy: Theory and Practice, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
- Godley, Wynne, and Marc Lavoie, Monetary Economics: An Integrated Approach to Credit, Money, Income, Production and Wealth, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
If you cannot afford, or do not wish to own, a personal copy of the textbooks, copies are available from the ANU Library's 2-hour reserve listing.
You should stay abreast of current events and regularly read the business and economics sections of leading newspapers and magazines (The Economist, Financial Times, Australian Financial Review, the Guardian, etc.)
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||Unless otherwise specified, chapter numbers refer to the Carlin & Soskice textbook. You will be told in advance which sections in the textbook are relevant. The choice of topics is not set in stone, viz. it somewhat dynamic. Some topics may take longer, others a bit shorter and some topics may even be dropped. Admin and Introduction and Review of Short-Run I (Chs 1 & 2)|
|2||Introduction and Review of Short-Run II (Chs 1 & 2)|
|3||3-Equation Model and Policy (Ch 3)|
|4||Expectations (Ch 4)|
|5||Money, Banking and Finance I (Chs 5 & 6)||Assignment 1|
|6||Money, Banking and Finance II (Chs 6 & 7)|
|7||Endogenous Growth (Ch 8)||Midsemester Online Quiz|
|8||Open Economy I (Chs 9 & 10)|
|9||Open Economy II (Chs 10 & 11)|
|10||Monetary and Fiscal Policy (Chs 13, 14 & 16)|
|11||Overlapping Generations (OLG) Models||Assignment 2|
|12||Examination Period||Final Exam|
Enrolment in tutorials will be completed online through Wattle. Precise instructions will be available on Wattle.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Assignment 1||15 %||19/08/2019||30/08/2019||1,2,4|
|Midsemester Online Quiz||10 %||16/09/2019||19/09/2019||1,2,4|
|Assignment 2||15 %||14/10/2019||25/10/2019||1,2,3,4|
|Final Exam||60 %||31/10/2019||16/11/2019||1,2,3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
PoliciesANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
Assessment RequirementsThe ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
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.
There are no marks allocated for attendance but participation in lectures and tutorials is strongly encouraged. It is expected that students prepare for lectures and tutorials in advance.
It bears repeating: this is an on-campus course, NOT a distance learning 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). Outside work commitments are, generally speaking, not acceptable grounds for missing tutorials and lectures. Furthermore, for pedagogical reasons, based on 15+ years of experience, worked solutions of the weekly problem sets will not be provided. 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.
See information above, under assessments.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4
15%, compulsory & non-redeemable
Take-home tasks to be handed in writing, involving problem-solving questions and modelling exercises. These are individual assignments. The topics will be made available on Wattle 10 days prior to the due date. We will endeavour to return the marked assignments before the end of week 6.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4
Midsemester Online Quiz
10%, compulsory & non-redeemable
There will be one mid-semester quiz, testing the entire material covered in the first six weeks. It will be held in week 7, probably on the Tuesday, in the late afternoon/early evening. The online quiz will be open for 90 minutes, so students must make sure they are available then. The mid-semester quiz will be delivered online. Students will have approx. 30 minutes to complete a random selection of questions from a large bank of questions. Further details about the quiz will be provided closer to the date.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
15%, compulsory & non-redeemable
Take-home tasks, similar to Assignment 1, to be handed in writing, involving problem-solving questions and modelling exercises. The topics will be made available on Wattle 10 days prior to the due date. We will endeavour to return the marked assignments before the end of week 12.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
60%, compulsory & non-redeemable
The final exam will test the entire material covered throughout the semester, with an emphasis on the second half of the course. (Roughly one third of the exam will cover the first half of the course, and two thirds of the exam will cover the second half of the course.) It will be held during the university examination period. The format of the final exam has not yet been determined. Most likely, it will consist of two parts. The first part contains “short answer” questions (SAQ) that typically focus on a single concept. Good answers to these questions range from a couple of sentences to approx. half a page, sometimes longer. The second part contains “long answer” questions (LAQ), with several sub-questions, which test your technical skills as well as your general understanding, intuition and knowledge of macroeconomics.
Answers on exams should be clear, neat, relevant and concise. Students will be given a practice exam (with answers) to prepare for the exam.
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You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) all submissions must be through Turnitin.
In addition to online submissions, students will be asked to submit the identical assignment as a hardcopy in the appropriate assignment boxes next to the RSE student desk. (Details will follow when the assignment is given to the students.) Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records. As a further academic integrity control, students may be selected for a 15 minute individual oral examination of their written assessment submissions. Any student identied, either during the current semester or in retrospect, as having used ghost writing services will be investigated under the University’s Academic Misconduct Rule.
Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 5 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specied in the course outline for the return of the assessment item.
Referencing RequirementsAccepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
The assignments will be returned during the tutorials and/or lectures as soon as they are marked. An announcement will be made in Wattle.
Extensions and PenaltiesExtensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
Re-submission of assignments is not possible.
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Macroeconomics, Monetary economics, International finance, Behavioural economics
Dr Timo Henckel