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Summer 2016 Syllabus for ECON-D001.-63Z
ECON-D001.-63Z - Ann Burns
Principles of Macroeconomics
Call Number: 00585
Term: Winter 2014
4 units
De Anza College Online Education Center • LC 107 • Phone: 408-864-8969 • FAX: 408-864-8245 •
An introduction to macroeconomics. Topics covered will include national income accounting, money and the banking system, money and the price level, classical macro theory, Keynesian macro theory, monetary and fiscal policy, and international trade.
Instructor Information: Ann Burns
I have been teaching economics online at DeAnza for more than 20 years and really enjoy using Catalyst to deliver both Econ 1 and 2. Before returning to full-time teaching at Skyline College in San Bruno 20 years ago, I worked for Bank of America. When I left BofA my job title was Vice President and Group Product Manager. I was in charge of designing, building, and installing large scale computer systems for BofA's World Banking Division. I left the bank to return to teaching because after awhile helping BofA make bigger profits did not bring enough satisfaction and I wanted to share with others what I understood about complex problem solving. Education: BA from U.C.L.A., 1965; MBA from U.C. Berkeley, 1990; MA in Economics from SFSU, 1999

Phone: (408) 864-8999 X3673
Office Location: DLC
Office Hours: By appointment.
Be prepared to spend between 9 and 12 hours per week using
and studying
course materials.

  • Apply for admission
    to De Anza College and register for this class, if you have
    already done so. Completing this
    DOES NOT enroll you in the course.

  • All registered and wait-listed students must complete
    the Online Orientation and submit the Student Information
    Form by noon on Tuesday, January 7.

  • If you are on the waitlist you must send me an email
    message requesting an add code, between 2 and 3 pm on
    Tuesday, January 7. I will then add waitlisted students in
    the order that corresponds to their place on the waitlist
    until the class is full. My email address is found above.

  • Other students who wish to add the class must send me an
    email message requesting an add code after 3 pm on Tuesday,
    January 7. If spaces are available, students will be given
    add code and must then complete the Online Orientation by
    12:00 PM (noon) on Friday, January 10. My email address is
    found above.

  • Obtain the required course materials.

  • This course is offered in Catalyst. Go to

    Bookmark this page, then follow the
    instructions found later in the orientation for logging into
    the course. NOTE: You will not be able to
    login to Catalyst until the first day of the quarter. For
    late adds, it will take up to one day after you register for
    your account to be created.

  • Read the online Introduction and Study Plan, and the
    online Syllabus. Start your week's reading and assignments.

  • Register and log on to Aplia. Read the online textbook

  • Log on to Aplia and complete any exercises that are
    assigned for the
    current week. (Required.)

  • (The Study Guide exercises are highly recommended but

  • Pass three online exams. (Required.)

  • Students who do not log onto the course during the first
    week of class
    will be dropped.

  • Students who decide to drop the class at any point must
    handle the drop
    procedure with the college themselves. The teacher is not
    responsible for
After completing the readings and online assignments,
students will be able to:

1. demonstrate an understanding of economic scarcity and its
role in the invention of economic science.

2. demonstrate a basic understanding of the workings of the
U.S. economy and its institutions in a global context.

3. critique existing theories about business cycles in light
of historical and current economic perspectives.

4. evaluate fiscal and monetary policy responses to
macroeconomic instabiblities such as unemployment,
inflation, and economic growth.

1. Online version of Krugman and Wells. Macroeconomics 3rd
ed., 2013; Worth
Publishing. Available from Aplia. (Required.)
2. Study Guide for Krugman and Wells by Elizabeth Sawyer-
Kelly, available from De Anza's bookstore. (Highly

Media Availability
Communication: The course has its own email facility and you
will use it to
communicate with the instructor and other students. It is
accessed via the
course homepage.

Course Homepage: You can access the course homepage at

When the user name password dialog boxes appears on the
screen, type in
your user name and password. Your user name is your 8-digit
De Anza
College student ID, NOT your 9-digit social security number.
If you are a
returning Catalyst user, your password is the same one you
used last quarter.
If you are a new Catalyst user, your password is your 8-
digit birthdate using
the format MMDDYYYY.

For example, Maria Valdez, a new Catalyst user whose student
ID is
10011223 and whose birthdate is January 13, 1980, would log
in as:

Username: 10011223
Password: 01131980

Written Assignments
The primary course content comes from the readings. You must
keep current
with all reading assignments as they will be the basis for
all other work and
Work on the lessons in the following order:
a. Read the assigned textbook sections for each week.
b. Read the Study Guide lesson.
c. Complete any Aplia exercises due.

Aplia: Aplia exercises for each week of the course are found
at and can be linked from the course homepage.

Extra Credit
Extra Credit: In addition to the Aplia exercises, the course
includes a number of extra-credit opportunities which
generally require a
little more reading and analysis. These are strictly
optional but can be used to
improve your final grade in the class. (Earning 30 or more
extra credit points
can make a half-grade difference in your final grade.) Extra
opportunities will be announced on the News Forum and can be
turned in any
order, at any time.
Exam Review
Online Chats:
There will be 3 chatroom sessions scheduled before each of
the 3 online
exams. The best way to prepare for these is to make a list
of the questions
you have for each major section of the class.

Chat #1: Sunday, January 26; 6:00-7:00 PM.
Chat #2: Sunday, February 23; 6:00-7:00 PM.
Chat #3: Sunday, March 23; 6:00-7:00 PM.

Students who are unable to participate in the chats should
focus their study
for the exams by reviewing the textbook chapters, Powerpoint
slides, and Quick Practice Questions. Exam topics will also
be published several days
before the exams
are due.
Exam Notes
The first two exams will consist of multiple-choice and
questions. The third exam will be all short-essay questions.

Online Exam #1: Due by Thursday, January 30, before
Online Exam #2: Due by Thursday, February 27, before
Online Exam #3: Due by Thursday, March 27, before midnight.

Exam Scores: Exam scores will be available about one week
after the
scheduled exam. All exams will be evaluated on a class
Students can review their exams online.
A week before each exam a detailed list of exam topics will

Final Grade
Final grades are available at
Additional Information
Note to students with disabilities: If you have a
disability-related need for reasonable academic
accommodations or services in this course, provide Ann Burns
with a Test Accommodation Verification Form (also known as a
TAV form) from Disability Support Services (DSS) or the
Educational Diagnostic Center (EDC). Students are expected
to give five days notice of the need for accommodations.
Students with disabilities can obtain a TAV form from their
DSS counselor (864-8753 DSS main number) or EDC advisor
(864-8839 EDC main number).
Testing / Grading
Alternate Exams
Final Grades are calculated based on the following
Online Exams: 60%
Aplia Exercises: 30%
Class Participation: 10%
I do not use the grading system on Catalyst. See the News
Forum message on Current Grades to find a description of
how to calculate your current grade in the class.
Assignments Schedule
See online course homepage for all assignments and due dates.
Policy on Copying and Cheating:Students who submit the work of others as their own or cheat on exams or other assignments will receive a failing grade in the course and will be reported to college authorities.
Catalyst Information
This course utilizes Catalyst, De Anza's Online Learning Community. Please view the Catalyst website at to login. Please note that you will be unable to login until the first day of class. Be sure you are using your correct username and password - do not use your social security number or international "99" number. If you need help logging in or finding your student ID, please view the short instructional video at: Additional instructions and assistance can be found on the Catalyst website.
De Anza College Bookstore Contact Information
Phone: 408-864-8455
De Anza College Library Services are available for all students and faculty, both on and off campus. Please consult the library website for a complete description of the library services and hours:

De Anza College Library:

Services of particular interest to off campus students include:
  • Access to the Library Catalog which includes books, DVDs, and course reserves. Here is a link to the library catalog:
    Library Catalog:
  • Article Databases and Research Databases The library subscribes to several electronic databases which provide access to thousands of full-text journals, newspapers, and magazine articles. Research databases include: LEXIS NEXIS Academic, Encyclopedia Britannica Online and a Practice Test Database which contains Nursing Exams, TOEFL Preparation, College Entrance Exams, and many more.
To use the article or research databases from an off campus computer, log in with your 14 digit library number or eight digit student id number. These instructions are repeated on the first page of the library website along with descriptions of all the online resources provided.

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Last Updated: 1/27/16