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									                                 University of Waterloo
                                Department of Economics
                                       Fall 2012

Class Number, Subject, Course Number, Sections, Campus, Title:
2828, Econ 102 – 001, UW, Introduction to Macroeconomics
3690, Econ 102 – 003, UW, Introduction to Macroeconomics

Lecture Time, Building, Room Number
Econ 102 – 001: M, W, F 10:30 – 11:20 A.M. DC 1351
Econ 102 – 003: M, W, F 1:30 – 2:20 P.M. DC 1351

Instructor, Office Location, Office Hours, Contact Information
Thomas L. Tucker
Office: HH 104
Office Hours: M: 12:15 – 1:00 P.M.; W: 9:15 to 10:00 A.M. & 12:15 to 1:00 P.M.:
              F: 9:15 – 10:00 A.M. (Other times by appointment)
Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 38771
E-mail Address:

When you send email, include Econ 102 in the subject line and the message must include
your full name and student ID number.

Course Description:
This course provides an introduction to macroeconomic analysis relevant for
understanding the Canadian economy as a whole. The determinants of national output,
the unemployment rate, the price level (inflation), interest rates, the money supply and
the balance of payments, and the role of government fiscal and monetary policy are the
main topics covered.

Course Objectives:
 Describe the basic macroeconomic variables.
 Understand how the economy works in both the short term and long term.
 Understand how governments and the Central Bank influence economic variables and
 Distinguish the long run from the short run.
 Understand the why of current macroeconomic events.

Required Textbook:
Mankiw, N, Gregory, et al, “Principles of Macroeconomics, 5th Canadian Edition”.
Toronto: Nelson, 2011

Optional Material:
Study Guide: Mankiw, H. Gregory, et al, “Principles of Macroeconomics, Study Guide
5th Canadian Edition”. Toronto: Nelson, 2012.
The course outline will be available on the Department of Economics website: , and on LEARN website
Also important announcement and other course material will be posted on LEARN.
So check LEARN on a regular basis.

Course Evaluation:

Midterm 1             Ch 1, 2, 5 & 6         Fri. Oct. 5th, 4:30 - 6:00 P.M.     25%
Midterm 2             Ch 7, 8, 9 & 10        Fri. Nov.2nd, 4:30 - 6:00 P.M.      25%
Final Exam            Comprehensive          TBA (between Dec 6th – 20th)        50%

The exams will include multiple-choice and could include short answer questions.
The date and time for the final exam will be set by the Registrar during the exam
period and announced in class and on LEARN. ALL students are EXPECTED to be
available during the exam period to write the final exam. Travel plans and “cheap air
line flights” are not acceptable reasons for requesting an alternative final exam. See
the following webpage for details:

Note: To pass this course you MUST pass the final exam.

Additional Information:
1. Missing a Midterm Due to Illness During the Term:
Missing a midterm will automatically result in a grade of zero for that midterm. If a
student misses a midterm due to illness and has valid documentation with a UW
Verification of Illness Form, with approval the weight of the missed midterm will
be shifted to the final exam. This is a privilege and not a right. Midterms will not be

2. Missing the Final Exam Due to Illness:
Missing the final exam is a very serious matter, which automatically results in a
grade of zero for the final exam and a failed grade in the course. For policies
regarding missed final exams, visit the Economics Department webpage:

No deferred final exam will be provided for students who missed all the exams
(including the final exam) in this course. Students are advised to notify me about
missed exams as soon as possible. If notification is not made within one week, the
student will receive a zero on that exam.

3. Submission of Exam Papers:
Late submission of exam papers is not accepted and missed submissions will receive
a grade of zero.
Exam papers must be submitted in whole and on time in the exam room. Exam
papers (a) not submitted on time, (b) submitted with missing pages, (c) submitted
elsewhere, except where students write at the OPD, or (d) not received at all will
receive a grade of zero.

4. Fee-Arranged Issues:
Students are responsible for administrative matters concerning their course
registration including fees. No make-up work or other remedies will be given for
loss of access to LEARN and academic consequences arising from administrative
issues with the Registrar’s Office.

Course Outline

Part 1        Introduction

Chapter 1     Ten Principles of Economics
Chapter 2     Thinking Like an Economist (Exclude Appendix)

Part 3        The Data of Macroeconomics

Chapter 5     Measuring a Nation’s Income
Chapter 6     Measuring the Cost of Living

Part 4        The Real Economy In the Long Run

Chapter 7     Production and Growth
Chapter 8     Saving, Investment, and the Financial System
Chapter 9     Unemployment and Its Natural Rate

Part 5        Money and Prices In the Long Run

Chapter 10    The Monetary System
Chapter 11    Money Growth and Inflation

Part 6        The Macroeconomics of Open Economies

Chapter 12    Open-Economy Macroeconomics: Basic Concepts (Pages 269- 285

Part 7        Short-Run Economic Fluctuations

Chapter 14    Aggregate Demand and Aggregate Supply
Chapter 15    The Influence of Monetary and Fiscal Policy on   Aggregate Demand
Topics to be Covered & Class Schedule:

Week 1      Sept. 10, 12 & 14                  Ch 1: Ten Principles of Economics
                                               Ch 2: Thinking Like an Economics
Week 2      Sept. 17, 19 & 21                  Ch 5: The Real Economy
                                               Ch 6: Cost of Living
Week 3      Sept. 24, 26 & 28                  Ch 7: Production and Growth
                                               Ch 7: Cont.
Week 4      Oct. 1, 3 & 5                      Ch 8: Saving, Investment & the
                                               Financial System
                                               Ch 9: Unemployment & Its
                                               Natural Rate
                        Oct. 5th Midterm 1 (4:30 - 6:00)
Week 5      Oct. 10 & 12                       Ch 9: (Cont.)
Week 6      Oct. 15, 17 & 19                   Ch 10: The Monetary System
Week 7      Oct. 22, 24 & 26                   Ch 11: Money Growth & Inflation
Week 8      Oct. 29, 31 & Nov 2                Ch 11: Cont.
                                               Ch 12: Open Economy
                        Nov 2nd Midterm 2 (4:30 – 6:00)
Week 9      Nov. 5, 7 & 9                      Ch 14: AS-AD
Week 10     Nov. 12, 14 & 16                   Ch 14: Cont.
Week 11     Nov. 19, 21 & 23                   Ch 15: Monetary and Fiscal Policy
Week 12     Nov. 26, 28 & 30                   Ch 15: Cont.
Week 13     Dec 3                              Review
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