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Eco 101 Fall 2013 Intro. to Macroeconomics 92222 Prof. M. Dohan

Tuesday & Thursday 3:10– 4:25 PM in King 202

Office Powdermaker 306F College Phone 718-997-5461

Office Hours: Tu. & Th. 5:00-6:00 pm. Make an appointment if possible.


You will hate me during the semester, rate me harshly at the end of the semester and thank me next semester.

ECON 101. Introduction to Macroeconomics. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prerequisites: High school algebra and trigonometry. Covers the nature and methods of economics and a survey of major economic problems: the determinants of national income and output, the price level, and employment; the role of money and banking in the economy; and the role of the government’s fiscal and monetary policies.

May not be taken for credit if Economics 103 has already been taken.

LASAR: For students who matriculated prior to Fall 2009. Economics 101 satisfies one of the two social science requirements.
PLAS: For students who matriculated in Fall 2009 or later, Eco 101 satisfies several requirements for Perspectives on the Liberal Arts and Sciences (PLAS). First, it satisfies one of the two required courses for Analysis of Social Structures: the course focuses on the working of the market economy and the role of government in the economy, helping students to analyze the economic and social structure that shape the world in which we live. Second, it satisfies the PLAS requirement for the US Context of Experience because the course is grounded in understanding the institutional structure of the US economy and the role of the government. Third, because the course (and my course especially) relies heavily on analysis using graphs and mathematical equations, it satisfies a requirement for Abstract or Quantitative Reasoning.

QC Core (CUNY Pathways): For students who matriculated in Fall 2013, Eco 101’s approval is pending under Flexible Core: Individual and Society (IS).
ADA Policy and Problems Reading English: Students with disabilities needing academic accommodation should: (1) Register with and provide documentation to the Special Services office, Kiely 171; (2) bring a letter to me indicating the need for accommodation and what type. This is best done during the first week of class. If you have problems reading English, either because it is not your native language, or you need extra time to take the exam, I recommend you take the exam during regular exam period, which is usually longer than regular class time and you benefit from the comments made by the professor during the exam. For more information about services available to students, contact: Special Services Office: Dr. Mirian Detres-Hickey, Director, Kiely Hall, Room 171; 718-997-5870; email address:
CUNY policy on academic integrity: Academic dishonesty is prohibited in the City University of New York and is punishable by penalties, including but not limited to failing grades, suspension and expulsion. You are responsible for reviewing this policy as provided at: . Text-messaging during quizzes or exams will be dealt with very harshly.
Required Materials for Course

Follow the Instructions on the last page of syllabus for Buying the Aplia Access Card and the Textbook together to Save Money

1. Aplia access card (online homework) for Baumol and Blinder, Macroeconomics 12e
You must buy “Aplia for Baumol and Blinder”, which also includes the text online.

2. Macroeconomics: Principles and Policy by Baumol and Blinder 12th ed, (2011):

3. Wall Street Journal (15-week subscription (print and online) $1 per week. Go to and enter your information for a 15 week subscription for $1 per week (or you have the option of subscribing for 1 year for $99.95). Be sure that you put prof. Michael Dohan as the Referring Professor so that your name gets placed on my list of students that have subscribed. If you already have online and/or print access at home or work, let me know by email. Subscribing is required, reading parts of it will be a necessity. Quizzes on headlines and specific articles are given in class.

On the FIRST DAY YOU ATTEND CLASS, to be formally enrolled in my class, please do the following:

1. Send me an email from the email address you use most frequently containing, 1) your name, 2)student id,
3) major, 4) cell phone number (in case I need to reach you), 5) the country where you were born and
6) MOST IMPORTANTLY, a recent head and shoulders photo of you to

2. Sign up for Aplia for Baumol and Blinder (see instructions on last page).

3. Complete these two graded problem sets on Aplia after doing the first three practice sets.

Introduction to Using Aplia Assignments.

Math and Graphing Assessment with Tutorials.

GRADING POLICY: Your final grade is determined by the following (weights):

1. Two midterm exams: (15% each)

2. Cumulative Final exam covering all chapters with vocabulary, multiple choice, algebraic and written problems (30%)

3. Aplia problems and online quizzes (20%)

4. Graded Written homework (10%)

5. Class participation and quizzes (10%).

There is no predetermined grade distribution. In an average semester students earned about 45% A’s & B’s, 15% C’s 8% D & F and 2% Incomplete, and 15% WU’s (which turn into F) and 15% W. Some classes have as many as 10 A+.

Mid-terms and Final (60%): There will be two midterm exams (tentatively scheduled on the syllabus) and a cumulative final exam. No make-up exams will be given except in the case of illness confirmed in writing by a physician. The mid-terms and finals are multiple-choice, concept-identification (vocabulary), analytical problems (graphical and algebraic) and short answer questions. The mid-term is based on lectures, textbook material, homeworks, and Aplia. Old exams with answers will be posted at before the exam.

Aplia homework (20%): There are weekly practice and graded problem sets. The graded Aplia problem sets for each lecture are numbered on the syllabus. The graded problems are usually due on the Sunday following the lecture or on Tuesday before an exam. Look at the problem sets a few days before the closing day and time. Give yourself plenty of time. Don’t wait until the last night and then find that you do not have time to complete “four problem sets.” This is a deadline and the problems will not be reopened. (See the box below). There are about 34 graded Aplia problem sets, usually preceded by a set of practice problems plus some “extra credit problems.” “Grade it Now” problem sets employ a “grade it now” system that allows you to get instant feedback and then retry questions.

What happens if I miss an Aplia assignment?

Aplia Problem Sets cannot be completed after the due date and time posted with the problem set in Aplia. If you miss completing an Aplia assignment for a valid reason: illness, loss of internet, entering the class late etc. you get up to 2 unchallenged assignment resets.

The following are not valid reasons: religious holidays, work, vacation and not paying for it. You can always do your assignments ahead of time.

All requests for resets must be sent to

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