EUBA Masters Macroeconomics

Fall 2015 --- Jeffrey Parker

Written Assignments

There will be two kinds of written assignments for this course. Each assignment is found at a link (red bold text) on the lower section of this page.

Short Questions are short and basic questions based on the current week's reading. It should take no more than about 10 minutes to write your answers to these questions. Answers will be handed in at the beginning of the lecture on the subject that they cover. In other words, you answer these questions after reading the assignment but before the lecture. Each assignment is "graded" on a scale of 2 points. If you submit your answers on time and they show that you have done the reading and thought about the questions, you will get 2 points (even if some parts of the answers are not correct). Most students who submit answers get 2 points. If you submit answers that are inadequate, you will get 1 point. If you do not submit answers (or if your answers are show minimal effort) you will get no points.

Homework Assignments are more detailed and cover the subject of the previous week's lecture and reading. There will often be numerial problems in the homework. These assignments are also handed in at the beginning of lecture. They will be discussed during the seminar session, with students being asked to present parts of their answers to the questions. These assignments will be graded in a more traditional way, with points awarded on whether the answers are correct. Partial credit will be given for students who show that they understand the theories that they need to use, even if there is an error in the answer.

Note on collaboration: Students often learn best by working in groups. I fully support collaboration among students on assignments, but it is essential that all students in the group fully understand the group's answer to the question. If you are called on to answer a question in class, you must be able to explain what is on the paper that you submitted. Each student must write up the answers individually based on what he or she learned in the collaborative session.