- Class Number 6698
- Term Code 2950
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Markus Brueckner
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 01/07/2019
- Class End Date 12/07/2019
- Census Date 05/07/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 05/07/2019
The course will build on and extend material presented in ECON8022 Macroeconomic Theory. We will cover an equal amount of theory and applications. Students are expected to be comfortable with analytical thinking and have an aptitude for developing computational skills. Topics will include the study of: (i) Non-optimal dynamic economies; (ii) heterogenous agent models with incomplete markets; and (iii) strategic interactions in dynamic environments. These model environments are both of theoretical interest and find applications in modern macroeconomic quantitative analysis and policy.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
A student who successfully passes this course is expected to possess the following ability to:
• Read and understand recent developments published in rigorous professional outlets.
• Distil complex dynamic economic problems or facts into a parsimonious and relevant modeling framework. This involves discerning what are important assumptions to make in modelling, when faced with a given issue to address.
• Understand the connection between assumptions made and the conclusions drawn.
• Appreciate the shortcomings of models and to provide alternative improvements.
• Construct logical arguments and provide economic explanations consistent with the workings of the model used.
• Use analytical and numerical methods in modelling.
• Work independently, in teams, and to develop intellectual leadership.
This is a macro course on the topic of natural resources and the macroeconomy. Students will study: commodity markets, economic growth and natural resources, economic diversification and natural resources, natural resources and inclusive growth, fiscal frameworks in resource rich economies, energy subsidy reform, macroeconomic policies to deal with resource flows, transparency in the management of natural resources, sovereign wealth asset allocation and wealth management.
There is pre-reading for the course. Students are expected to have read through all pages of Arezki et al. (2011), link provided below, before classes start:
Arezki, R., T. Gylfason, and A. Sy (2011). “Beyond the Curse: Policies to Harness the Power of Natural Resources.” International Monetary Fund, Washington D.C., pp. 1 -272.
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
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Mon 1st July - 2 lectures (2-5pm)|
|2||Tues 2nd July - 2 lectures (2-5pm)|
|3||Wed 3rd July - 2 lectures (2-5pm)||essay question distributed to students|
|4||Wed 10th July - 2 lectures (2-5pm)||essay due, student presentations|
|5||Thurs 11th July - 2 lectures (2-5pm)||student presentations|
|6||Fri 12th July - 2 lectures (2-5pm)||student presentations; final exam distributed to students|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|1. Final exam||33 %||13/07/2019||22/07/2019||1|
|2. Essay||33 %||10/07/2019||22/07/2019||1|
|3. Presentation||33 %||10/07/2019||13/07/2019||1|
* 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:
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Policy and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
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.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1
1. Final exam
The final exam will be a short essay, maximum of 2 pages, on a question related to a topic covered in class. You will have one day (24 hours) to write the short essay. The final exam is worth 1/3 to 2/3 of your total mark.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1
The essay is optional. If you write an essay then it will count 1/3 towards your final mark -- the exam will in this case be 1/3. If you don’t write an essay, then the final exam will count 2/3 towards your final grade. You will have one week to write the 5-page essay. The essay will be on a question related to a specific topic covered in the course.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1
At the beginning of the course, a list of topics will be distributed to students from which they can choose a topic to deliver a 1-hour presentation. Slides on the topic will be made available to the students. Students who present should be ready to answer questions on the material covered in the presentations slides. Depending on enrollment, students may have to form teams to deliver the presentations. This presentation will be worth 1/3 of your final mark.
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Hardcopy SubmissionFor some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
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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.
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Prof Markus Brueckner