Principles of Macroeconomics - Fall 2018

WEEK ONE

1.

The first day of class served as an introduction to the course and to the social science of economics. Course materials included:

Syllabus for paper-based section and tablet-based section

Copies of the same syllabi formatted to the university template are available here and here

Attendance, participation, and professionalism rubric

Absence Notification Form (requires Fresno State login)

Google Classroom (requires Fresno State login)

Guidelines for policy debate assignment for paper-based section and tablet-based section

Slides for paper-based section and tablet-based section, which are always a complement to and never a substitute for attending class

Guided notes for paper-based section and tablet-based section, which are always yours to keep and meant to facilitate your note-taking

In-class activity for paper-based section and tablet-based section, where you always need to be in class to do in-class activities and you should always turn them in by the end of class

First homework (requires Fresno State login), where homeworks are always due by the beginning of the next class after they're assigned

Extra credit opportunity discussed in class


WEEK TWO

2.

On the second day, we discussed our first model: the Production Possibilities Frontier (PPF).

Slides

Guided notes and handout on shape of PPF

In-class activity for paper-based and tablet-based section

Second homework with a mix of review and new stuff (Fresno State login required)


3.

On the third day, we discussed economists' favorite model: the supply-and-demand model of the market for a particular good or service.

Slides

Guided notes and handout on supply-and-demand model

In-class activity for paper-based section and tablet-based section

Third homework (Fresno State login required)


WEEK THREE

4.

On the fourth day, we discussed our first key macroeconomic variable: unemployment.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity for paper-based and tablet-based section

Handout on 100 dogs and 94 bones for paper-based and tablet-based section

Fourth homework (Fresno State login required)


5.

On the fifth day, we discussed our next key macro variable: the price level.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity for paper-based and tablet-based section

Handout on supply-and-demand model of labor market

Fifth homework (Fresno State login required)


WEEK FOUR

6.

On the sixth day, we discussed Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity for paper-based section and Google Classroom question for tablet-based section

Sixth homework (Fresno State login required)


7.

On the seventh day, we discussed money, interest rates, and foreign exchange rates.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity for paper-based and Quizziz for tablet-based section

Handout on nominal vs. real interest rates

Study guide for first exam

Seventh homework, which is a practice exam and a self-assessment (Fresno State login required)


WEEK FIVE

8.

On the eighth day, we reviewed for our first midterm exam.

Slides for paper-based section and tablet-based section

Guided notes

In-class activity for paper-based section and Kahoot with questions for tablet-based section

No homework, except to study for our first midterm exam.


9.

On the ninth day, we took our first midterm exam.

No homework, except to read handout for after exam


WEEK SIX

10.

On the 10th day, we mastered the art of economic modeling.

Slides

Handout and in-class activity for paper-based section

Handout and collaborative slides with additional instructions for tablet-based section

Optional exam wrapper (Fresno State login required)

Required eighth homework for paper-based section and tablet-based section (Fresno State login required), which asks you to pick your policy debate question


11.

On the 11th day, we briefly discussed the history of economic thought, in general, and began to discuss Classical economic thought, in particular.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity for paper-based section and tablet-based section

Ninth homework (Fresno State login required)


WEEK SEVEN

12.

On the 12th day, we wrapped up our discussion of Classical economic thought and started to discuss Keynesian economic thought.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity for paper-based section and GoFormative for tablet-based section

10th homework (Fresno State login required)


13.

On the 13th day, we discussed the "Keynesian cross" model.

Slides

Guide to Keynesian cross model

In-class activity for paper-based section and tablet-based section

11th homework (Fresno State login required)


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WEEK EIGHT

14.

On the 14th day, we continued our discussion the Keynesian cross model, in particular, and the Keynesian perspective, in general.

Slides

Guided notes

Handouts

In-class activity for paper-based section and GoFormative for tablet-based section

12th homework for paper-based section and tablet-based section (Fresno State login required)


15.

On the 15th day, we wrapped up our discussion of Keynesian economics and discussed the Austerian perspective.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity for paper-based section and GoFormative for tablet-based section

Another in-class activity

13th homework (Fresno State login required)


WEEK NINE

16.

On the 16th day, we did a mini-review and preview.

Gallup Test of Economic Literacy slides

Main slides

Guided notes

In-class activity for paper-based section and Kahoot! for tablet-based section

14th homework (Fresno State login required)


17.

On the 17th day, we discussed the "Aggregate Demand-Aggregate Supply" (AD-AS) model

Slides

Guide to AD-AS model

In-class activity for paper-based section and tablet-based section

15th homework (Fresno State login required)


WEEK TEN

18.


19.

On the 19th day, the first part of your policy debate assignment was due.


WEEK ELEVEN

20.


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WEEK TWELVE

22.

On the 22nd day, we reviewed for our second midterm exam.


23.

On the 23rd day, we took our second midterm exam.