IDENTIFYING DATA 2016_17
Subject (*) INTRODUCTION TO MACROECONOMICS Code 16914017
Study programme
Double degree in Business Administration and Management and Law (2014)
Cycle 1st
Descriptors Credits Type Year Period
6 Basic Course Second 2Q
Language
Anglès
Castellà
Català
Department Economics
Coordinator
GARCIA FORTUNY, JUDIT
UCEDA TARAMONA, DAVID
PASCUAL LORENTE, ALBERT
PÉREZ LACASTA, MARIA JOSÉ
FIRMENICH ., MARIO EDUARDO
QUESADA ARANA, ANTONIO
E-mail antonio.quesada@urv.cat
mariajose.perez@urv.cat
albert.pascual@urv.cat
marioeduardo.firmenich@urv.cat
david.uceda@urv.cat
judit.garcia@urv.cat
mariajose.solis@urv.cat
Lecturers
QUESADA ARANA, ANTONIO
PÉREZ LACASTA, MARIA JOSÉ
PASCUAL LORENTE, ALBERT
FIRMENICH ., MARIO EDUARDO
UCEDA TARAMONA, DAVID
GARCIA FORTUNY, JUDIT
SOLÍS BALTODANO, MARÍA JOSÉ
Web
General description The course provides fundamental knowledge of macroeconomic theory: representation and analysis of the overall performance of an economy.

Competences
Type A Code Competences Specific
 A1 Understand the basic micro-and macroeconomic principles involved in business management.
Type B Code Competences Transversal
 B4 Autonomy, responsibility and initiative
Type C Code Competences Nuclear
 C1 Have an intermediate mastery of a foreign language, preferably English
 C3 Be able to manage information and knowledge
 C4 Be able to express themselves correctly both orally and in writing in one of the two official languages of the URV

Learning outcomes
Type A Code Learning outcomes
 A1 Assess the situation of an economy, and understand how it works and what effects economic policies have.
Understand macroeconomic aggregates and their implications for the economy.
Explain the macroeconomic effects of fiscal and monetary policies.
Type B Code Learning outcomes
 B4 Do the work planned in accordance with the quality criteria provided.
Decide how to manage and organize work and time.
Decide how to do a particular job so that it is of the highest quality possible.
Decide what needs to be done for a particular job/project and do it according to schedule.
Type C Code Learning outcomes
 C1 Understand routine information and articles.
Take notes during a class.
 C3 Locate and access information effectively and efficiently.
 C4 Produce well-structured, clear and rich written texts

Contents
Topic Sub-topic
1. Money and financial assets
2. Central bank
3. Business cycle, employment, and unemployment
4. The government and the economy

Planning
Methodologies  ::  Tests
  Competences (*) Class hours
Hours outside the classroom
(**) Total hours
Introductory activities
A1
A7
1 0 1
Lecture
A1
A7
C1
C3
20 20 40
Problem solving, exercises
A1
B4
C3
C4
20 30 50
Problem solving, classroom exercises
A1
A7
B4
C3
20 36 56
Personal tuition
B4
C1
C3
1 0 1
 
Mixed tests
A1
B4
C1
C3
C4
2 0 2
 
(*) On e-learning, hours of virtual attendance of the teacher.
(**) The information in the planning table is for guidance only and does not take into account the heterogeneity of the students.

Methodologies
Methodologies
  Description
Introductory activities Activities designed to make contact with students, collect information from them and introduce the subject.
Lecture Description of the contents of the subject, raising questions and proposing real life situations to be studied with the analysis presented.
Problem solving, exercises Formulation, analysis, resolution and debate of a problem or exercise related to the topic of the subject, by the student.
Problem solving, classroom exercises Formulation, analysis, resolution and debate of a problem or exercise related to the topic of the subject.
Personal tuition Use of student services hours to resolve issues and answer specific questions.

Personalized attention
Description
Visit http://gandalf.fee.urv.cat/professors/AntonioQuesada/docencia.html for information on office hours.

Assessment
Methodologies Competences Description Weight        
Mixed tests
A1
B4
C1
C3
C4
FIRST CALL

The system of evaluation will be explained at http://gandalf.fee.urv.cat/professors/AntonioQuesada/docencia.html.
60%
Others  

FIRST OFFICIAL EVALUATION PERIOD FINAL EXAM TO BE TAKEN DURING THE OFFICIAL EXAM PERIOD. This exam is very similar to the end-of-term exam and subject to the same rules. TO PASS THIS EXAM (to get al least 5 over 10 points) IS A NECESSARY CONDITION TO PASS THE COURSE. Failing the final exam implies that the final mark will be the minimum between 4.5 and the result of applying the corresponding weights (30%-30%-40%) to the exams and activities carried out. Participating in at least one evaluation activity in this first evaluation period implies having a zero mark in every other unattended evaluation activity of the first evaluation period.

40%
 
Other comments and second call

On the date of the second official examination period there will be an exam that will account for 100% of the overall mark.


Sources of information

Basic

The lecture notes for the course will be available at http://gandalf.fee.urv.cat/professors/AntonioQuesada/docencia.html.

Any textbook entitled "Principles of Macroeconomics", "Introduction to Macroeconomics", or, simply, "Macroeconomics" (as long as the level of the book is not above the intermediate level) could be used to follow or prepare the contents of the course. It could also be used the Macroeconomics part of textbooks entitled "Principles of Economics", "Introduction to Economics", "Foundations of Economics", or, simply, "Economics".

Complementary

Recommendations


 
Other comments
(*)The teaching guide is the document in which the URV publishes the information about all its courses. It is a public document and cannot be modified. Only in exceptional cases can it be revised by the competent agent or duly revised so that it is in line with current legislation.