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ECO-2020-VO01Y - Macroeconomics

Synonym: 164165
Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Accelerated Section: This course has special meeting dates and times. See comments below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times. If you have any questions call the site office offering the course.
Semester Dates: 03-20-2018 to 05-07-2018
Last day to drop without a grade: 03-29-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 04-17-2018 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Daniel Alcorn | View Faculty Credentials
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Human Behavior
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description:

This course examines national economic systems with emphasis on the United States. Topics include gross national product, business cycles, employment and prices, recession and inflation, fiscal and monetary policy, and rudiments of international trade. Basic algebra skills required.

Essential Objectives:

1. Explain the fundamental principles and theories of macroeconomics, including aggregate economic performance, trends in production, consumption, prices and employment.
2. Describe the development of macroeconomics as a social science, and provide examples of how macroeconomic concepts such as output, unemployment, and inflation can be used to explain human behavior and subsequent historical phenomena.
3. Examine the impact of human social, cognitive, and emotional behaviors on economic decisions of individuals and firms, and discuss the impact of this behavior on consumption, savings, and investment.
4. Identify the principal components of national production, including consumption, investment, government spending, imports/exports, and their interrelation.
5. Explain causes of economic fluctuation, the nature of business cycles and corollary trends in national price levels, and causes and impacts of interest rate levels.
6. Describe national fiscal and monetary policy; analyze their respective roles, historically and in the current economic environment; and explain how different policies impact the behavior of individuals and society.
7. Identify functions of money and activities of the United States banking system including the role of the Federal Reserve System.
8. Compare capitalism with other economic systems and analyze current world economic development in the context of comparative economic systems.
9. Examine current research and analytical methods in macroeconomics, and explain how economists apply these methods to analyze and respond to real world events.


Spring 2018 textbook data will be available on December 4. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Daniel Alcorn
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Philip Crossman


 ECO2020 - Macroeconomics

Credits 3

This course examines national economic systems with emphasis on the United States. Topics include gross national product, business cycles, employment and prices, recession and inflation, fiscal and monetary policy, and rudiments of international trade. Basic algebra skills are required.

Prerequisites: Students must been basic skills policy Requirements. No other course prerequisites required.

CCV Catalog

Course Outcomes:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

·         Properly explain supply and demand and describe their impact on a market.

·         Identify monopoly and summarize it's impact on a market.

·         Describe how a government can remedy market failures.

Weekly Outline

 Every week has a prescribed checklist of activities required to successfully complete the lesson. Follow this checklist, in the specified order, to complete each lesson.





Chapters 01-03

Discussion 01, Quiz 01


Chapters 04-07

Discussion 02, Quiz 02


Chapters 08-11

Discussion 03, Quiz 03


Chapters 12-15

Discussion 04, Quiz 04


Chapters 16-19

Discussion 05, Quiz 05


Chapters 20-22

Discussion 06, Quiz 06


Review Chapters 01-22

Discussion 07, Final Paper

Required Textbooks

Textbooks required for this course include:

·         Mankiw, G (2015). Principles of Macroeconomics, (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage.

·         Optional: Several Open Educational Resources (OER) links are located at the front page of this course.

Quizzes and Exams

ECO2020 includes six quizzes that cover the concepts from your textbook readings. There will be a total of 30 questions per quiz. The quizzes will be timed (one hour). You are only allowed to take the quiz one time. The quiz will auto-submit at the end of the time limit, even if you are not finished. A clock will show remaining time in the upper left block and feedback will be provided after your quiz is submitted. When you are finished with each group of questions click Next. Check the upper left to make sure you have answered all the questions or perform any reviews of questions. Submit your quiz using the Submit all and finish button.


The following table shows the graded assignment types contained within this course and the assigned weight to determine the final course grade.

Graded Assessment Type


Weight (%)

Discussions (07 at 20 points each)

140 total


Quizzes (06 at 30 points each)

180 total


Final Paper 

180 total



500 total


Letter grades for the course will be based on the following grading scale.

Letter Grade


Grade Point
































Below 63%


For complete information on the Grading Policy, please refer to the CCV Online Catalog (Sub-Section of Catalog on "Grading")

Course Description

This is a fast-paced, online course. Your regular participation is essential to you passing this course. This includes participating in weekly discussions, and timely submissions of your written work.

Discussion Groups

You will be assigned to a small discussion group. Each week your group will have a graded discussion. The quality of your posts and those of your fellow students will create a lively discussion and ensure that a high level of learning occurs.

Your first post should be substantive (approximately 200-300 words) and should be made by Wednesday at the latest. It should answer the question using your own experiences, if appropriate, and, very importantly, it should refer to the readings of that week, using correct citations. For this course, we will use APA and there are helpful writing guidelines on the main course page for you to access when citing your sources.

Your second post should be responses to posts of your fellow group members. Responses such as, "Good point", or, "I agree" are not sufficient. Your response posts should be substantive: ask questions, point out additional thoughts, etc. Disagreement and critical feedback are part of an academic classroom, as is respect for the diversity of opinion. 

Online Etiquette

A student's online behavior is expected to be professional, ethical, and in compliance with college rules and regulations. 

Late Work

It is important that all written assignments and discussion posts be completed on time. Extensions will be given only for serious extenuating circumstances. In the absence of such extensions, assignments may be downgraded for lateness at the discretion of the instructor.

Academic Honesty

A student must submit work that represents the student's own original analysis and writing. Copying another's work is not appropriate. If the student relies on the research or writing of others, the student must cite those sources. Words or ideas that require citation include, but are not limited to all hardcopy or electronic publications, whether copyrighted or not, and all verbal or visual communication when the content of such communication clearly originates from an identifiable sources. While students are encouraged to seek editing feedback, extensive revisions of one's work by another person is considered a lack of academic honesty, as it is representing another student's work as one's own.

For more information see:

Academic Honesty Policy

Copyright Notice

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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