• This unit provides 3 hours face-to-face teaching per week consisting of 1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial
• The timetable for lectures and tutorials can be found on the University web site at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au
LECTURES (2 streams only) - see http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au for any changes to the information below.
|DAY AND TIME
|| Mason Theatre
||Professor Jeffrey Sheen
Lecture slides will be available on the unit web page at http://ilearn.mq.edu.au, and (barring technical hitches, which often occur) videos of the Friday lectures will be available on Echo. During the semester, unforeseen circumstances may require the cancellation of a lecture and/or tutorial. Any changes will be announced as far as possible in advance both in lectures and on the unit website. Students are strongly advised that their learning is significantly enhanced by their regular attendance. It is assumed that students will attend all lectures and tutorials. Students who miss lectures put themselves at a significant disadvantage for several reasons, including: (i) Not all the material in the text is covered in the unit, and not all the material in the unit is covered in the text. In some places the text deals with issues in greater depth than is necessary for the unit, and in other places it doesn’t go far enough. The lectures contain key unit material taught at the level required for the assessment tasks, and are your guide to the unit content. The tutorials will demonstrate the way questions in macroeconomics are approached. (ii) The lectures and tutorials will include significant guidance about the style and content of the final exam and recommendations about study technique. (iii) It is difficult (and often impossible) for staff to provide meaningful assistance to students outside class times on topics for which they did not attend the relevant lectures and tutorials.
The textbook for this course is:
Bernanke B.S., Olekalns, N. and H. R. Frank (2014), Principles of Macroeconomics, (4th edition) McGraw-Hill International Book Co., Sydney.
It is feasible to use earlier editions of the textbook (second and third) for most of the topics covered in the course. However there are some changes in the 4th edition from earlier editions, related to Chapters 9 and 10 of the current edition. While the new material will be covered in lectures and tutorials, it may be helpful to have access to the 4th edition for this material.
Supplementary Support Material
The publishers provide a range of support material for the textbook, including an e-Book and Smartbook/Connect.
While this electronic support material may provide very useful additional assistance to your study of the subject matter, the support material is not required reading. Students must make their own judgement as to whether accessing and using the support material is worthwhile. The examinable content of the textbook is defined by the Lecture Schedule and the Tutorial Program.
We strongly recommend that you have your own access to the textbook and the supplementary material.
Buying the Textbook and Supplementary Materials
You should be able to buy a hardcopy of the textbook at a bookshop, and this will typically cost new between $110-$130 (this is an indicative price). With this purchase, you should get access to the e-Book and Smartbook/Connect.
Alternatively, you should be able to buy the e-Book with Smartbook/Connect for $70 (this is an indicative price).
For some topics students will be required to read material in addition to the textbook. All additional readings will be posted on iLearn.