- 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
|DAY AND TIME
Thursday 8:00 - 10:00 am
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 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. While attendance at lectures is not compulsory, students are 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 all the 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.
Required Text and/or Materials
Available from your Local Co-op Bookshop is the physical text with eBook:
"Macroeconomics" Blanchard and Sheen, 4th edition, 2013 ISBN: 9781486041220 Publisher: Pearson Education
ALTERNATIVELY the following option for the textbook is available online from pearson.com.au:
Printed text with access code to MyEconLab eBook Go to: www.pearson.com.au/9781486041220 FREE DELIVERY
This 4th edition is significantly different to the 3rd edition, and students are strongly advised to get access to the 4th edition. DO NOT get the 3rd (or earlier) edition. (Please do not email to ask if it's OK to get the earlier editions.)
You can find a significant amount of support material for this unit from MyEconLab.
If you have bought the physical textbook with MyEconLab (and you are very strongly advised to buy it), you will automatically get an e-book version of the textbook. This e-book can be viewed either through MyEconLab on your computer or through the Pearson eText app on your personal tablet (available on the Apple or Play store.) You are strongly encouraged to regularly visit your MyEconLab for this unit and use it as a resource centre to assist with your learning. It has an excellent section for daily economic News from Australia and the rest of the world (for example, sourced from the ABC, Treasury, Ross Gittins, Financial Times, The Economist, Reuters etc). You can do practice questions from every chapter of the book, and a study plan will be generated to help you understand the areas where you need to do more study.
Technology Used and Required
Unit Web Page on iLearn
Lecture and tutorial material as well as up to date information concerning any aspect of the unit, including any changes to the schedule, will be available to students by logging on to the unit web page at http://ilearn.mq.edu.au.
The following information will be available on iLearn:
|Results of Assessment tasks
||Other relevant material
You are strongly encouraged to regularly visit the website and use it as a resource centre to assist with your learning.
If you are unable to access the website because you are not aware of or have forgotten your username and password, please contact the IT helpdesk located on Level 1 of the Library or call 9850 6500. The IT helpdesk will also be able to assist you with using the unit web page. If you have contacted the helpdesk in regard to your username and password and you are still unable to login to the unit web page you should then email details of your problem to the unit administrator, Kagiso Mangadi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please remember to log out when you have finished using the unit web page. Failure to do so could result in unauthorised access to your unit web page account.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
This unit is taught as a mix of lectures and tutorials. The lectures are designed to provide the tools which can then be applied in tutorials. The tutorials comprise numerical problems and analytical questions and will be detailed in a separate document on iLearn at the end of week 2. There should be the opportunity to explore issues raised in lectures and to ask questions. The tutorials aim to improve understanding of macroeconomic theory and policy.
- Independent learning
- Tutorials –beginning in Week 2