- Class Number 4397
- Term Code 3330
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Cagri Kumru
- Dr Cagri Kumru
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 20/02/2023
- Class End Date 26/05/2023
- Census Date 31/03/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
This course introduces the student to methods and issues in contemporary macroeconomics. A good understanding of the various macroeconomic issues and models is vital for any student of economics, business and finance. A central theme is the inter-relationship between empirical macroeconomic outcomes and theoretical constructs for explaining or understanding these outcomes. These models can also be used to understand and re-invent macroeconomic policies. In this course we also aim to bring the themes in undergraduate macroeconomic studies closer to what is taught in graduate courses, and also closer to how macroeconomics is done in the best universities and policy institutions such as the U.S. Federal Reserve, the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, Bank of England, the Reserve Banks of New Zealand and Australia.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- define a coherent set of ideas for understanding macroeconomic phenomena and policy issues;
- demonstrate an understanding of the assumptions, structure and micro-foundations of a macroeconomic model and its power and shortcomings;
- formulate a relevant model and use such analytical tools in addressing a key macroeconomic question independently;
- demonstrate an understanding of the different ways in which economic issues can be tackled.
The course will cover recent research in Macroeconomics. Relevant recent papers will be provided in Wattle, often as suggested optional readings. When feasible the main findings of those papers will be discussed in class. The lecturer in charge of this course has research interests in macroeconomics and has published several papers in top international journals.
Examination Material or equipment
This information will be available on Wattle no later than week 4 for the mid-semester examination and no later than week 10 for the final examination.
Stephen D. Williamson (2018), “Macroeconomics”, 6th edition. Pearson Addison Wesley Publishers (Global edition). A physical copy of the textbook can be purchased from the campus bookstore. The physical and electronic copies can be also purchased from the publisher's website: https://www.pearson.com.au. The physical and electronic copies of the textbook will be available in the library (2 hour loan).
Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.
ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments: We will provide brief written comments on the HW Assignment and the mid-semester exam paper.
- All students are encouraged to attend the lecturer's consultation is weeks 8 and 9 to receive verbal comments regarding their standings in the course. More information will be provided in Wattle regarding this.
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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.
This course consists of two lectures (one and half hour) and one tutorial (one hour) per week (see the timetable for details on dates, times, and locations). Tutorial meetings start in week 2 (see tutorial registration details below).
Lectures: It is expected that students attend lectures whenever possible and come prepared to them. The handouts will be uploaded to WATTLE at least one day before the lectures.
Tutorials: It is expected that students prepare for tutorial in advance and come ready to answer questions about the problems assigned for each week’s tutorial. You must attend the relevant tutorials in order to be able to take the tutorial quizzes.
Your final mark for the course will be based on the raw marks allocated for each of your assessment items. However, your final mark may not be the same number as produced by that formula, as marks may be scaled. Any scaling applied will preserve the rank order of raw marks (i.e. if your raw mark exceeds that of another student, then your scaled mark will exceed the scaled mark of that student), and may be either up or down.
Support for Students
The University offers a number of support services for students. Information on these is available online from http://students.anu.edu.au/studentlife/
Building Access Hours
Both CBE and HW ARNDT are:
TEACHING PERIOD = Mon – Fri 07.45 to 21.15 and SAT, SUN and Public Holidays is not accessible by students.
Both CBE and HW ARNDT are:
NON TEACHING PERIOD = Mon – Fri 08.00 to 18.00 and SAT, SUN and Public Holidays is not accessible by students.
RSE has a Frequently Asked Questions page where you can find relevant policies and information on a broad range of topics, the onus is on the student to familiarise themselves with this page and the information available. https://www.rse.anu.edu.au/students/students/frequently-asked-questions/
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Please note that the chapters refer to the relevant chapters in Stephen D. Williamson (2018), “Macroeconomics”, 6th edition. Introduction and Measurement - Chapters 1, 2, 3|
|2||Economic Growth - Chapters 7 and 8||In class short exam 1|
|3||One Period Models - Consumer and Firm Optimisation - Chapter 4||In class short exam 2 and tutorial quiz 1|
|4||One Period Models - Closed Economy Model -Chapter 5||In class short exam 3|
|5||One Period Models - Search Model of Unemployment - Chapter 6||In class short exam 4 and tutorial quiz 2|
|6||Dynamic Models - Introduction - Chapter 9||In class short exam 5 and mid semester exam|
|7||Dynamic Models - A Real Inter-temporal Model - Chapter 11||In class short exam 6 and tutorial quiz 3|
|8||Monetary Inter-temporal Model - Chapter 12||In class short exam 7|
|9||Money and Business Cycle Models - Chapters 13, 14, 15||In class short exam 8 and tutorial quiz 4|
|10||Money and Business Cycle Models - Chapters 13, 14, 15||In class short exam 9 and HW assignment|
|11||International Macroeconomics - Chapters 16 and 17||In class short exam 10 and tutorial quiz 5|
|12||Final Exam Preparation|
Tutorials will be delivered both remotely (via Zoom) and on-campus. You are expected to attend one tutorial each week from Week 2 onwards. From Semester 2, 2022 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 .
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Tutorial Quizzes||10 %||13/03/2023||22/05/2023||1-4|
|In class short exams (class participation)||10 %||27/02/2023||22/05/2023||1-4|
|Homework Assignment||15 %||08/05/2023||22/05/2023||1-4|
|Mid Semester Exam||15 %||27/03/2023||24/04/2023||1-4|
|Final Exam||50 %||01/06/2023||29/06/2012||1-4|
* 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 Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
- Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Guideline and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
- Code of practice for teaching and learning
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 Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
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.
This course will mostly be taught in-person, with some options for on-line delivery. Course content will mainly be delivered in live in-person lectures each week (3 hours per week) except the week 4 Monday lecture (due to the public holiday) and week 12 lectures. All lectures are recorded and available online through Echo360 for student who are unable to attend campus. Tutorials will be held each week from week 2. Both on-line and in-person tutorials will be held.
Attendance at all teaching events, either in-person or online,while not compulsory, is expected in line with “Code of Practice for Teaching and Learning”, clause 2 paragraph (b).
Although there are no marks allocated for attendance but participation in lectures and tutorials is highly encouraged. Please note that preparing for lectures and tutorials in advance will considerably enhance your performance in this course. 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.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1-4
There will be 5 tutorial quizzes. If you miss a quiz with a valid reason, your quizzes will be re-weighted. The quizzes will take place in Weeks 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.
Students need to attend the tutorials in the quiz week so that their marks to be counted on. For instance, in order to take the quiz in Week 3 you must attend your registered tutorial in Week 3.
The quizzes will be online and opened up right after the end of your tutorial.
Each quiz will take 15 minutes to complete and there will be 10 multiple choice questions to answer.
The quiz will be stayed open for 2 hours. During the 2 hour time frame, you need to complete the quiz at one attempt.
You need to complete the quiz right after your registered tutorial. If you want to take the quiz at another time, you need to inform your tutor and get permission to attend another tutorial class and take the exam at the end of that tutorial class.
The quizzes will cover the materials from the previous lectures.
- Week 3 Quiz: Lecture 1
- Week 5 Quiz: Lecture 2 and 3
- Week 7 Quiz: Lecture 4 and Lecture 5
- Week 9 Quiz: Lecture 6 and Lecture 7
- Week 11 Quiz: Lecture 8 and Lecture 9
The value of each quiz is 2%.
- These quizzes will try to measure your understanding of the material during the semester and to give you timely feedback.
- The feedbacks from quizzes will be given on Fridays in the quiz week. For instance, the feedback for the quiz in Week 3 will be given on Friday in Week 3.
- More information regarding quizzes will be available in the course Wattle in Week 0.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1-4
In class short exams (class participation)
· There will be 10 in-class-short-exams to allocate marks for the class participation. You will answer short essay type questions based on the lectures of a given week. Hence, reading the relevant chapters before the lectures and attending the lectures (or listening recordings) are necessary.
· These exams are designed to allocate participation marks to the students in a large class setting.
· Notice that attendance and participation are not the same. In order to receive participation mark, attendance (physical attendance or listening recordings) and taking the short exam must be satisfied at the same time.
· Each exam's worth is 1 mark. Depending on the quality of your answer you will receive 1 mark (complete understanding), half mark (limited understanding) and zero mark (no understanding).
· In order to receive the class participation mark, you need to attend both lectures (Monday and Friday) and take the in class short exam right after the Friday lecture.
· The exam will take 10 minutes and needs to be completed in 1-hour timeframe.
· The exam will be conducted via Wattle.
· If you were not being able to attend the lectures in a given week, you need to listen the recordings of Monday and Friday lectures and take the exam at 5 pm on Fridays. Notice that you can't take the exam without listening the lecture recordings. The lecture recordings will be available right after the class.
· If you miss an in-class-short-exam with a valid reason (i.e. being sick), your short exams will be re-weighted.
· You can opt out short exams by asking a question, making a comment, or answering a question during lectures. In that case you will receive 1 or half mark (depending on the quality of your comment, question, or answer). In this case you do NOT need to take the in class short exam to receive participation marks in that week. As in above 1 mark will be given when the class participation demonstrates complete understanding of the material in a form of asking question, making comment, or answering question. Otherwise, the student will receive half marks.
· The feedbacks from short exams will be given on next Friday.
· More information regarding in class short exams will be available in the course Wattle in Week 0.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1-4
Students need to answer various short-essay, data manipulation, or analytical questions individually. The assignment questions will be posted to Wattle at least a week before its due date. The assignment should be typed. The font size should be 12 and the line spacing should be 1.5 lines. The normal margin should be used. Please submit a PDF file version of your work through Turnitin.
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 Integrity Rule.
Presentation requirements: No
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1-4
Mid Semester Exam
This exam is compulsory and not-redeemable. Exam covers topics studied in week 1-4 (inclusive) and will be 90 minutes long on-line exam. The date and time of the exam will be determined by Timetabling and be announced on Wattle.
This is a closed-book exam with a mix of short answer and long answer questions. The answers will be uploaded to Turnitin as a pdf file. The exam will be an invigilated online exam via ZOOM unless the ANU brings backs the on campus exams.
Details regarding the exam will be provided in Wattle no later than week 4.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1-4
This exam is compulsory and not-redeemable. It covers all topics studied in week 1-12 (inclusive) and will be 2 hours and 30 minutes long.
This is a closed-book exam with a mix of short answer and long answer questions. The answers will be uploaded to Turnitin as a pdf file. The exam will be an invigilated online exam via ZOOM unless the ANU brings back the on campus exams.
The details will be provided in Wattle no later than week 10.
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The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.
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) submission must be through Turnitin.
For 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.
The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.
Comments to the HW assignment will be provided through Wattle.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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
Resubmission of the HW assignment will not be allowed.
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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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Macroeconomics, Computational Economics, and Public Economics
Dr Cagri Kumru