AP Macroeconomics Course Syllabus - Forsyth County Schools

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Rebecca Hewitt
,
M. Ed.

South Forsyth High School

rhewitt@forsyth.k12.ga.us

770
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781
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2264 ext. 100363


AP Macroeconomics Course Syllabus


The Advanced Placement Macroeconomics course is an introductory level c
ourse intended to give students a thorough understanding
of the principles of economics that apply to systems as a whole. The course is divided into five units of study including ba
sic economic
concepts, measurement of economic performance, national incom
e and price determination, economic growth, and international
finance, exchange rates, and balance of payments. To view a more in
-
depth description of the course and sample test items, students
are encouraged to explore the College Board’s AP Central site

at:

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/sub_maceco.html?macro


Textbook

and Other Resources
:

McConnell, Campbell R. and Stanley L. Brue.
Economics: Principl
es, Problems, and Policies.

Boston: McGraw
-
Hill/Irwin,
2005.

Morton, John S. and Goodman, Rae Jean B.
Advanced Placement Economics: Teacher Resource Manual.

New York:
National Council on Economic Education, 2003.

Virtual Economics: An Interactive Ce
nter for Economic Education. (compact disc).

National Council on Economic Education,
2005.


Makeup Work:

All missed work and assessments are the responsibility of the student when they are absent from school. A student
who is absent on the class day bef
ore a regularly scheduled assessment will be responsible for completing the assignment on the
regularly scheduled day and time. Students who have been absent more than two consecutive days (including the assessment day
)
will be given five (5) school days
to make up the assessment and/or other assignments. This does not include major projects, research
papers, etc., where the deadline has been posted in advance. The teacher has the discretion to grant a longer period of time

to make
up work if there are e
xtenuating circumstances.


Late Work Policy:
In keeping with the premise of standards based education, all formative assessments are assigned and evaluated
by the teacher in order to inform planning and instruction; therefore it is imperative that all stu
dents turn assignments in on time.


Students are allowed to turn in late assignments until the date of the summative assessment for the corresponding unit for a
maximum
possible score of 70%.


Any student who finds it necessary to turn in a formative assig
nment after that date must make individual
arrangements with the teacher.


Circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis. The late work policy for summative
assessments (i.e. project, research paper, etc.) will be outlined on the assignment gui
delines given by the teacher when the project is
assigned.


Grading Calculations:

Course Average = 1
st

Semester 42.5% 2
nd

Semester 42.5%= 85% (Course work) + 15% EOCT or Final Exam

Course Work = 60% Summative + 40% Formative


Grading Policy:





A

= 90


100






B = 80


89

C = 70


79

Failing = Below 70


Required Assignments:

There will
be a
MINIMUM

of one quiz per chapter and one test per unit.


Class and homework assignments
may be collected and included as formative grades.


Required Material
s:

3
-
ring binder with loose leaf paper, graphing paper, dividers for different sections of their notebook.


Availability for Extra Help:

Instructional Focus on Wednesdays from 10:30
-
11:30 a.m., Wednesday mornings 7:30 a.m.

-

8:00 a.m.





Uni
t I


Ba
sic E
conomic Concepts


Weeks 1
-
9

Chapter 1: Scarcity and Opportunity Costs




pp.

3
-
21


Chapter 2: Production Possibilities, Economic Systems,




Product and Resource Markets




22
-
36


Chapter 3: Supply and Demand






39
-
56


Chapt
er 4: The Market System






60
-
70


Chapter 5: The U.S. Economy






73
-
88


Chapter 6: Specialization and Comparative Advantage



91
-
106



Formative Assessments (Chapter assignments, homework, and chapter quizzes will be assigned on a weekly basis to of
fer
practice and descriptive feedback.)

Summative Assessment scheduled week of
Oct. 4
th




Unit II


Measurement of Economic Performance


Week
s

10
-
13


Chapter 7: Measuring Domestic Output and National Income

pp.

112
-
127


Chapter 8: Unemployment, Inflati
on, and Price Indices



131
-
149


Chapter 9: Basic Macroeconomic Relationships




152
-
167



Formative Assessments (Chapter assignments, homework, and chapter quizzes will be assigned on a weekly basis to offer
practice and descriptive feedback.)

Summative
Assessment scheduled week of
Nov. 1st



Unit III


National Inc
ome and Price Determination
: Fiscal Policy



Week

14
-
18

Chapter 10: Aggregate Expenditures Model




pp.

172
-
188


Chapter 11: Aggregate Demand and Supply




193
-
211


Chapter 12: Fiscal Pol
icy







214
-
228


Formative Assessments (Chapter assignments, homework, and chapter quizzes will be assigned on a weekly basis to offer
practice and descriptive feedback.)

Summative Assessment scheduled week of
Dec. 1
3
th



Unit IV


National Income and Pr
ice Determination: Monetary Policy


Weeks

19
-
24

Chapter 13: Money and Banking





pp.

232
-
248


Chapter 14: Creation of Money






252
-
265


Chapter 15: Monetary Policy







268
-
286


Chapter 16: Phillips and Laffer Curves





292
-
305



Formative Ass
essments (Chapter assignments, homework, and chapter quizzes will be assigned on a weekly basis to offer
practice and descriptive feedback.)

Summative Asse
ssment scheduled week of
Feb.
7
th



Unit
V



Economic Growth


Week
s

25
-
27

Chapter 17: Economic Grow
th





pp.

308
-
322


Chapter 18: Deficits and Surpluses






325
-
334

Formative Assessments (Chapter assignments, homework, and chapter quizzes will be assigned on a weekly basis to offer
practice and descriptive feedback.)

Summative Assessment scheduled we
ek of
Mar. 1
st




Unit V
I



Intl. Finance, Exchange Rates and
Balance of Payments


Week
s

28
-
30

Chapter 37: International Trade





pp.

650
-
668


Chapter 38: Exchange Rates and Balance of Payments



711
-
728



Formative Assessments (Chapter assignments, ho
mework, and chapter quizzes will be assigned on a weekly basis to offer
practice and descriptive feedback.)

Summative Assessment scheduled week of
Mar. 21
st



Week
s

31
-
36

will consist of u
nit
r
eviews

and test practice

in preparation for the AP E
xam


The su
mmative
a
ssessment schedule is tentative and could be revised based on changes in the school calendar or pacing of the class.