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ECON19033 Macroeconomics
Macroeconomics
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General Information

Overview

This unit builds on the introductory macroeconomic theory presented in Principles of Economics (ECON11026). It develops the theory of economic growth and explores the causes and effects of the business cycle. It examines the neo-classical, Keynesian and modern theories of income determination and explores the nature and causes of inflation and unemployment. It develops the tools of fiscal and monetary analysis and links the theory to contemporary macroeconomic policy settings. Finally, it examines the balance of payments and the theory of international trade using recent Australian data and explores the roles of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in stabilising world trade and assisting developing countries to attain macroeconomic maturity.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2019

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 30%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student Feedback Survey

Feedback

The quality of the assessment and the quick feedback helped the student learning

Recommendation

Continue to provide engaging assessment tasks and quick feedback on assessments.

Feedback from Student Feedback Survey

Feedback

The Moodle site for this unit was easy to navigate.

Recommendation

Continue with the current layout of presenting learning material on Moodle.

Feedback from Student Feedback Survey

Feedback

Some video lecture explanations did not go beyond the textbook.

Recommendation

Provide additional video explanations covering basic and advanced concepts.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. explain and apply macroeconomic theory to the major macroeconomic problems and policies
  2. analyse the policies for solving unemployment and inflation problems
  3. explain how fluctuations in the business cycle can have an impact on economic growth including Gross Domestic Product, interest rates, exchange rates, inflation rates, unemployment rates and the federal budget
  4. apply economic concepts to the issues of fiscal policy, monetary policy, exchange rate policy and international deficits and surpluses
  5. compare and contrast the definitive features of different macroeconomic theories of the 1930s and 1970s
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Macroeconomics: Australia in the Global Environment 1st ed. (2016)

Authors: Parkin & Bade
Pearson Australia
Melbourne Melbourne , Victoria , Australia
ISBN: 9781486019632
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

The text is also available as an e-book and can be purchased at the publisher's website here: http://www.pearson.com.au/9781488611117

However, a value pack containing the hard copy and the eBook is available at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 6th Edition (APA 6th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Jayanath Ananda Unit Coordinator
j.ananda@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 11 Mar 2019

Module/Topic

Introduction to Macroeconomics: The nature of the economic problem

Chapter

Parkin & Bade (2016), Chs. 1, 2 & 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 18 Mar 2019

Module/Topic

Measuring the Macroeconomy: Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Chapter

Parkin & Bade (2016) Ch. 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 25 Mar 2019

Module/Topic

Macroeconomic problems: Unemployment and Inflation

Chapter

Parkin and Bade (2016) Chs. 6 & 7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 01 Apr 2019

Module/Topic

Economic growth: GDP growth theories and labour productivity

Chapter

Parkin & Bade (2016) Ch. 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 08 Apr 2019

Module/Topic

Finance, Saving and Investment

Chapter

Parkin & Bade (2016) Ch. 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online quizzes Due: Week 5 Friday (12 Apr 2019) 11:45 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 15 Apr 2019

Module/Topic

Mid-term break

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 22 Apr 2019

Module/Topic

Price level and Inflation: The banking system and money creation

Chapter

Parkin & Bade (2016) Ch. 10

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 29 Apr 2019

Module/Topic

Australia in the global economy: Exchange rate and the balance of payments

Chapter

Parkin & Bade (2016) Ch. 17

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 06 May 2019

Module/Topic

Aggregate supply and aggregate demand: Business cycles and macroeconomic schools of thought

Chapter

Parkin & Bade (2016) Ch. 11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment Due: Week 8 Friday (10 May 2019) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 13 May 2019

Module/Topic

Expenditure multiplier: the Keynesian model and the Phillips Curve

Chapter

Parkin & Bade (2016) Chs. 12 & 13

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 20 May 2019

Module/Topic

Fiscal Policy: Government's role in managing macroeconomic fluctuations

Chapter

Parkin & Bade (2016) Ch. 14

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 27 May 2019

Module/Topic

Monetary Policy: The Reserve Bank's role in managing macroeconomic fluctuations

Chapter

Parkin & Bade (2016) Ch. 15

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 03 Jun 2019

Module/Topic

International Trade Theory: Global markets, trade restrictions and free trade

Chapter

Parkin & Bade (2016) Ch. 16

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment Due: Week 12 Friday (7 June 2019) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 10 Jun 2019

Module/Topic

Review Week

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 17 Jun 2019

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Online quizzes

Task Description

Assignment Item 1: Written- Weekly Quizzes

Submission in week-5

This will consist of six (6) quizzes, each carrying 5% of total marks. Total weight = 30%.

This will cover learning outcomes 1 - 3, based on first four (4) weeks of study.


Number of Quizzes

6


Frequency of Quizzes


Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Friday (12 Apr 2019) 11:45 pm AEST

Due on Friday of Week 5, by 23:45 hrs (AEST).


Return Date to Students

Week 5 Friday (12 Apr 2019)

Feedback is provided after the completion of the quiz each week.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

No Assessment Criteria


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • explain and apply macroeconomic theory to the major macroeconomic problems and policies
  • analyse the policies for solving unemployment and inflation problems
  • explain how fluctuations in the business cycle can have an impact on economic growth including Gross Domestic Product, interest rates, exchange rates, inflation rates, unemployment rates and the federal budget


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment

Task Description

Assignment 2: Written assessment

This assessment will consist of four (4) detailed discussion questions that will include calculations and graphical analysis. Each question may have sub-questions to answer and will be based on topics covered in weeks 5-8 of the course.

Weighting = 30%, total word length = 2,000 to 2,500.

Assessment 2 will cover learning outcomes 1 - 3.


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Friday (10 May 2019) 11:45 pm AEST

Due on Friday of Week 8, by 23:45 Hrs AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 10 Friday (24 May 2019)

Returning two (2) weeks from the date of submission of the assignment.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria for Assessment 2.

Use the DADA framework (Definitions, Assumptions, Diagrams & Analysis) in structuring your answers to all questions. Read on moodle information provided in PDF file, about how to answer questions, write essays in economics.

Concepts and key terms must be Defined accurately and completely.

The Assumptions upon which the analysis is based must be stated at the outset.

Diagrams must be drawn properly, correctly labelled, and the relations they depict explained.

Answers must be complete, addressing the specific tasks nominated in the questions.

Critical Analysis overall should be provided by relating economic theory to real-life economic examples.

Where a question has more than one part, so too should the answer. Ensure complete coverage.

Students should refer to a range of sources including textbooks, online resources, articles and news items related to the questions.

Please do not depend solely on the set textbook for writing the assignment.

Plagiarism is a punishable offense, therefore, please remember to include in-text references and a Reference list.

Working on the assignment questions progressively each week will prevent you from requesting extensions.

It is suggested that you work on your assignment questions each week rather than leaving it all close to the due date. Penalties (5% of assessment marks per day) will apply for any late submissions without an approved extension.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Please familiarise yourself with the assignment submission process.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • explain and apply macroeconomic theory to the major macroeconomic problems and policies
  • analyse the policies for solving unemployment and inflation problems
  • explain how fluctuations in the business cycle can have an impact on economic growth including Gross Domestic Product, interest rates, exchange rates, inflation rates, unemployment rates and the federal budget


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment

Task Description

Assessment 3: Written Assessment (Take Home Paper).

This assessment will consist of a case study, where students will have to apply macroeconomic theory to real life macroeconomic examples and problems covering weeks 9 - 12 of study.

Students will be required to research the case study related topic and answer analytical, discussion, policy-oriented and graphical type of questions.

Assessment 3 will cover learning outcomes 1, 3, 4, & 5.

Weighting = 40%, total word length = 3,000 to 3,500.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (7 June 2019) 11:45 pm AEST

Due on Friday of Week 12 by 23:45 Hrs AEST


Return Date to Students

Feedback and marks will be released after the grade certification.


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Assessment Criteria for Assessment Item 3.

Use the DADA framework (Definitions, Assumptions, Diagrams & Analysis) in structuring your answers to all questions. Read the Moodle information provided in PDF file about how to answer questions, write essays and analyse case studies in economics.

Concepts and key terms must be Defined accurately and completely.

The Assumptions upon which the analysis is based must be stated at the outset.

Diagrams must be drawn properly, correctly labelled, and the relations they depict explained.

Critical Analysis overall should be provided by relating economic theory to real-life economic examples.

Plagiarism is a punishable offense. All sources of reference must be acknowledged with in-text referencing and a list of references provided.

Where a question has more than one part, so too should the answer. Ensure complete coverage and apply theory to real life economic examples.

Students should refer to a wide range of sources including textbooks, online resources, research articles, news items related to the questions in the case study.

Assessment 3 requires a significant research effort and it will take some time to develop a quality answer. It is suggested that you commence work early on Assessment 3 rather than leaving it all close to the due date. Penalties (5% of the assessment marks per day) will apply for late submissions without an approved extension.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Due on Friday of Week 13

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • explain and apply macroeconomic theory to the major macroeconomic problems and policies
  • explain how fluctuations in the business cycle can have an impact on economic growth including Gross Domestic Product, interest rates, exchange rates, inflation rates, unemployment rates and the federal budget
  • apply economic concepts to the issues of fiscal policy, monetary policy, exchange rate policy and international deficits and surpluses
  • compare and contrast the definitive features of different macroeconomic theories of the 1930s and 1970s


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

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