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An introduction to macroeconomic analysis of the economy as a whole, including the determination of national income, the price level, interest rates, the money supply, and the balance of payments. The principles of monetary and fiscal policy are also examined.
The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the basic analytical principles and tools of modern macroeconomics, and to illustrate how these can be used to help understand observed economic phenomena, contemporary economic problems, and government economic policies.
In particular, macroeconomics studies the determination of aggregate economic quantities, such as the level of national output (and its rate of growth), the level of total employment and the rate of unemployment, and the average price level and rate of inflation. Macroeconomics also examines how government policies influence the aggregate behavior and performance of the economy.
The final grade for the course is determined in the following manner:
|Online Quizzes (3)||30%|
|Written Assignments (best 1 of 2)||10%|
Introduction to Macroeconomics
The Economy in the Short-Run
The Economy in the Long-Run
Money, Banking, and Monetary Policy
Open Economy Macroeconomics
Textbooks and Materials
CDS reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/SearchEngine/ to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.
- Ragan, Christopher T.S. and Richard G. Lipsey, Macroeconomics, 13th Canadian Edition. (Pearson, 2011).
- MyEconLab website (subscription included with text). To register for the Queen's version, go to the site http://www.pearsonmylab.com and use the course ID code that will be posted to the course Moodle site.
- Ragan, Christopher T.S. and Richard G. Lipsey, Study Guide for Macroeconomics, 13th Canadian Edition. (Pearson, 2011).
Students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 - 12 hours per week on the course.
Moodle is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into Moodle to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the Moodle site.
About Credit Units
Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA requires a total of 90 credit units.
To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows XP/Vista/7, Pentium III, or Mac OS X 10.5, G4 or G5 processor, 256 MB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, and microphone, and up-to-date versions of free software (Explorer/Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.
The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s are 1 April (for May summer term), 1 June (for July summer term), 1 August (for fall term), and 1 December (for winter term). All documents must be received by the 15th of the month following the deadline. You can register for a course up to one week after the start of the course. See also Dates and Deadlines.
Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.
The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.
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All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.
All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.
Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.