Instructor: George Nwaogu Office Phone: 387-1086
Office: 5314 Friedmann Hall Office Hours: M 10am – 11am
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org F 10am – 11am
and by appointment.
Text: Principles of Macroeconomics, Brief Edition,
by Robert Frank and Ben Bernanke
Course Website: http://aplia.com
This course will provide an introduction to the principles of macroeconomics. Macroeconomics is the study
of the performance of national economies and the policies that governments use to try to improve that
performance. The topics we will cover include: national output, economic growth, productivity,
unemployment, wages, inflation, interest rates, fiscal policy, and monetary policy.
Web Activities: During this course, to complete certain assignments, you will be required to access
a website dedicated to students and professors of economics. To access this website, you need to
register for an account with Aplia at http://aplia.com. Included in this syllabus are instructions so
that you can register. Please register on the website within 24 hours after you receive this syllabus
and Aplia information.
Exams and Grading: There will be two midterm exams and a final exam, in addition to in class
assignments and the Aplia assignments. The midterm exams will consist of a mixture of multiple
choice and essay questions. Most of the exam questions will come from material that is both in
class and in the text. However, some of the questions will be on material found only in the text or
only in class. The final exam will be cumulative and will consist of a mixture of multiple choice
and essay questions. Each of the two midterm exams will count 20% towards your course grade
(40% total). The final exam will counts 35% towards your course grade. Aplia assignments as well
as in class assignments count the remaining 25%.
Notes on Examinations
1. With the exception of the final examination, the date of each examination will be announced
at least one class period in advance. The date of each examination will also be posted on the
course website (Aplia).
2. The comprehensive final examination will be held on Monday, December 13, 8 - 10 am
3. In the event that you miss an examination, your absence will be excused only if you can
provide a documented and verifiable excuse of illness. Other excuses are not acceptable.
The excuse for the absence will be accepted at the discretion of the instructor. If an absence
from a midterm examination is excused, the student will be given a make-up exam at a time
and venue agreed with the instructor. An unapproved absence from an examination will
result in a zero for that examination. No examination grades will be dropped.
4. WMU policy allows any student assigned four final examinations during the same day to
request one examination to be given at the make-up time.
Tentative Grading Scale
Once your average based on the total number of possible points is determined, your letter grade will
be assigned based on the following guidelines:
100-92% A; 92-87% BA; 87-80% B; 80-75% CB; 75-65% C; 65-61% DC; 61-55% D;
below 55% E.
Assignments: As each of the topics is covered during the semester, you are to read the chapter in
your text, attend class, and work through the corresponding material of the Aplia assignments.
1. There will not be any make-up assignments for Aplia or in class assignments.
2. In class assignments will not be announced.
3. I will announce Aplia assignments and due dates in class.
4. Everything presented in class and in the assigned reading is considered fair game on in class
5. There will be a minimum of 10 assignments. Your 8 highest assignments scores will count
toward your final grade. All other assignment scores will be dropped.
PRELIMINARY COURSE OUTLINE
Part One: Introduction
Chapter 3: Supply and Demand
Part Two: Macroeconomics: Data and Issues
Chapter 4: Spending, Income, and GDP
Chapter 5: Inflation and the Price Level
Chapter 6: Wages and Unemployment
Part Three: The Economy in the Long Run
Chapter 7: Economic Growth
Chapter 8: Saving, Capital Formation, and Financial Markets
Chapter 9: The Financial System, Money, and Prices
Part Four: The Economy in the Short Run
Chapter 10: Short-Term Economic Fluctuations
Chapter 11: Spending and Output in the Short Run
Chapter 12: Stabilizing the Economic: The Role of the Federal Reserve
Chapter 13: Aggregate Demand, Aggregate Supply, and Macroeconomic
Part Five: The International Economy
Chapter 14: Exchange Rates, International Trade, and Capital Flows
NOTE: The above chapter numbers refer to Principles of Macroeconomics, brief edition, by Frank
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