Revised May 2012
Division of Aviation Management and
ECON 2105 Macroeconomics
Credit Hours: 3-0-3 semester
Prerequisites: DST ENGL 0099, DST MATH 0097
Co Requisites: none
Faculty: Dr. Thomas Halaska
MGC Email: email@example.com
Vista Mail messages and Vista Discussion postings are read and replied to daily M-F
Introduction to concepts that will enable students to understand and analyze economic aggregates and evaluate economic policies. In the classroom web-enhanced course approximately 50% of learning activities occur online. In the online course, 100% of the learning activities occur online.
Hall, Robert and Lieberman, Marc. Macroeconomics: Principles
and Applications, 5th edition. Cengage South-Western. 2010.
This is what you are expected to learn in this course. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
This course is divided into thirteen (13) chapters. Learning activities within each chapter include:
Course Learning Activities
A Word About Workload This course is designed to require a total of 90-135 hours of concentrated study and work to complete. Consider that each week has 168 hours. In a 15-week semester, this means 6-9 class/study hours each week or in a 5-week summer session, this means 18-27 class/study hours each week. The learning and grade you achieve in this course is a result of the effort you put into it. If you are unable to make this commitment, do not take this course. If you find you are consistently spending more than this amount of time, you may need:
Assignments are graded learning activities. Assignments, with their corresponding deadlines, are listed in your Course Schedule. Assignments include:
1. Discussion (Class Participation)
Participation in each chapter's discussion. This includes making posts online about the topic and replying to what classmates have already said about the topic. Discussions are due when that chapter is covered. See the Course Schedule for assigned dates/times. Participation in discussion is evaluated according to:
Discussion Grading: You begin the semester with zero discussion points. You earn 0-8 points for each of the 13 chapters' discussions (Zero points for a late discussion posting). Even if a post is present, if you do not follow the Content and Process guidelines described above, you will lose points. Proper capitalization, grammar, punctuation, and spelling are essential and are part of the grade. The maximum discussion score is 100 for the semester.
** Discussion Topics are located online in each chapter's learning module **
Discussion topics close at their due date/time. Closed/locked topics allow reading but no further posting to that topic. Discussions must be posted in their respective chapter topic, according to the Course Schedule, in order to earn grade points.
2. Chapter Tests - 13 (one per chapter)
Each chapter's Practice Test must be completed with a passing grade of 60 or higher before the Chapter Test will become available. Chapter tests are open-book, completed online, on your own, during the available dates listed in your Schedule. Each chapter test consists of 20 multiple choice questions with a 30 minute time limit. Once you click Begin Assessment, your access is logged and timing starts. Timing continues until you Finish your test. Each test has an optional second attempt. Your grade is the higher of the two attempts. Tests must be completed according to the Course Schedule in order to earn grade points.
3. Project presentation
Grading the project (100 points total):
** Project Topics - see the Macroeconomic Project Description page in the "Syllabus, Schedule, Project" module on the course home page. **
1. Communication with instructor and with any assigned peer groups is essential for you to be successful in this course. Your Vista Mail is your primary online person-to-person communication. Check it often - at least 3 times a week during 15-week sessions, daily during 5-week mini-semesters. Respond to messages as necessary. Send messages to your instructor as needed
Attendance consists of attending class for web-enhanced class students and logging into your course for both the online and the web-enhanced class students, participating in assigned discussions, and completing graded assignments. Complete the chapter tests according to the Course Schedule. Absence jeopardizes success. Contact your instructor promptly if you experience difficulty with content or with online course access problems. If you have attendance problems and/or choose to withdraw from the course, it is YOUR responsibility to notify your Advisor in order to initiate the course withdrawal process. Go to the FORMS link on the MGC home page and find the Add/Drop-Withdrawal form and fill it out. Web-enhanced students will personally take the withdrawal slip to their advisor. For online students, contact your Advisor to arrange getting his/her signature on the withdrawal form.
3. Honesty and Integrity
4. Makeup exams
Makeup exams are not given for chapter tests. Rather, each chapter test has an automatic 2-day extension for 15-week terms and 1-day extension for 5-week terms, with a 10-point penalty. Missing this extension results in a test grade of zero. You are expected to take the final exam no later than the scheduled day. Make-up final exam may be given for excused absences. Excused absence requires notification to the instructor no later than 4:00 pm on the final exam day. Notification must include explanation for absence. A make-up final exam grade receives a 10-point penalty. Unexcused final exam absence results in a final exam grade of zero
5. Exempting the Final Exam
If your "Exempt Final" score is 90 or higher, and you have completed your Project, then you do not need to take the final exam. If your official Exempt Final score is 89 or lower, then you must take the final exam. Your official Exempt Final score will be posted in Vista at My Grades after the last chapter is completed. How your Exempt Final score is calculated: after the last chapter's discussion and test have been graded, multiply your Chapter Test Average by 50% (0.5) and multiply your Discussion grade by 50% (0.5). Add these two numbers.
6. Students With Disabilities
Any student with a physical or learning disability will be accommodated to the extent possible. Students MUST be evaluated by Alan Chastain's office. That office will direct the faculty as to the extent of needed accommodations.
Cell Phone and Laptop Policy
Inappropriate use of cell phones, or laptop computers, during class is disruptive and disrespectful of others. Use of cell phones, or cell phone-related devices, by students during class is prohibited at Middle Georgia College. Laptop computers may be used during class only for note-taking, or for other purposes specifically authorized by the instructor. Because these devices could be used for access to unauthorized information and to facilitate academic dishonesty, violations of this policy will constitute grounds for disciplinary actions which can range from warnings to grade reductions or even dismissal.
Students who require emergency contact
during class periods should provide outside parties with the following contact
Cochran Campus: Campus Police (478) 934-3002
Eastman Campus: Campus Director (478) 374-6700
Dublin Campus: Campus Director (478) 274-7808
8. Dress Code
Students are expected to attend class dressed in normal street clothing and be wearing shoes. Pajamas, beachwear, any immodest or inappropriate dress, etc., will not be permitted.