• Class Number 7436
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Patrick Beissner
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. demonstrate ability to use macroeconomic models to examine and understand recent major economic events in the Australian economy;
  2. display thorough understanding of different macroeconomic models to evaluate macroeconomic activity;
  3. prove familiarity with the main computational models used in Australia to forecast economic activity, and how they are used to evaluate policy proposals;
  4. exhibit detailed knowledge of how to report macroeconomic policy analysis in a coherent way with clear explanations of the economic intuition.

Research-Led Teaching

While the course’s mission is to teach macroeconomic principles, a strong emphasis will be placed on critical thinking.

Examination Material or equipment

Further details about the final exam will be made available on Wattle no later than Week 10.

Required Resources

  • Textbook: Macroeconomics – An Integrated Approach (Second Edition) by Alan J. Auerbach and Laurence J Kotlikoff, MIT Press

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. This book is currently not available as an e-resource.

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.

For Week 11 and 12: Lengwiler, Yvan. Microfoundations of financial economics: an introduction to general equilibrium asset pricing. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004.

The book is available free online: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/2ad2/69e4ba8001b9fdd9323dfd1d548751d79860.pdf

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 Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following ways:

  • Oral feedback in om-campus tutorials and during consultations
  • Written comments, where relevant, will be included in the assignments returned to students.
  • Online feedback through the Wattle course site
  • After each assessment there will be special consultation sessions held to provide students with additional feedback

Student Feedback

ANU 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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Unless otherwise specified, chapter numbers refer to the Auerbach & Kotlikoff 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. Output, Inputs and Growth – basic observations- From Micro to Macro
2 Dynamics of Supply and Inputs, Present Value and the interest rate
3 Dynamic Demand For Inputs and Steady State
4 Overlapping Generation Models Assignment 1
5 Pareto Optimality in OG models
6 Real Business Cycles I
7 Real Business Cycles II
8 Fiscal Policy
9 Fiscal Policy II and Bequest
10 Money and Prices Assignment 2
11 Macro Finance
12 Macro Finance II and Final Exam Preparation
13 Examination Period Final Exam

Tutorial Registration

Tutorials will be delivered on-campus F2F. ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage. https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/timetabling].

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Assignment 1 20 % 17/08/2022 02/09/2022 1,2,4
Assignment 2 20 % 20/10/2022 * 1,2,4
Final Exam 60 % 03/11/2022 01/11/2022 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU 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 Requirements

The 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 Assessment

Marks 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.


The lectures and tutorials will be held oncampus. For students unable to be oncampus due to travel restrictions lecture recordings will be available via Echo360.


See information above, under assessments.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 17/08/2022
Return of Assessment: 02/09/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Assignment 1

20%, compulsory & non-redeemable

Take-home tasks to be typed (only graphs and equations can be hand-drawn) and submitted through Turnitin, 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

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 20/10/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Assignment 2

20%, compulsory & non-redeemable

Take-home tasks, similar to Assignment 1, to be typed (only graphs and equations can be hand-drawn) and submitted through Turnitin, 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 3

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 03/11/2022
Return of Assessment: 01/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Final Exam

60%, compulsory & non-redeemable

Probably 150 minutes

-It 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 the final exam will be an open book exam. The type of questions will be similar to the Assignment 1 and 2.

-The exam will be available on wattle and the solutions will be uploaded on wattle.

Answers on exams should be clear, neat, relevant and concise. Students will be given a practice exam (with answers) to prepare for the exam.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

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.

Hardcopy Submission

Only online submissions will be required. Please keep a copy of your submitted documents 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 identified, 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

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.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted 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.

Returning Assignments

The assignments will be returned, and marks uploaded onto the Wattle grade book, as soon as they are marked. An announcement will be made in Wattle. 

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions 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.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
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