ECON 2020 Principles of Macroeconomics

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Alpna Bhatia, PhD


About the course

This course is designed as an introductory survey of economy-wide issues such as inflation, unemployment, national output, employment, and government deficits and debt. The basic aggregate demand/supply model is introduced and used to model historical events. Alternative economic models and theories are included throughout the course.

Course Prerequisites: ECON 2010 (Principles of Microeconomics) with a C- or better course grade.

Proctoring: This course requires proctored examinations. Exams are proctored which will require planning on your part. Proctors are individuals who administer the exam process following the guidelines provided by University of Colorado Boulder to ensure academic integrity. Some proctoring options require the student to pay a fee.


Upon completion of the course, students should:

  • identify the data and tools of macroeconomic policy.
  • describe the costs and benefits of economy-wide phenomena such as inflation, unemployment, government debt.
  • evaluate public policies in an informed and objective manner.
  • recognize the institutional surroundings that impact macroeconomic phenomena.
  • explain fiscal, monetary, and supply-side policy, and
  • further their analytical, research and writing skills.

Required Texts

Schiller and Gebhardt: The Macro Economy Today, 16th edition with access to Connect. Connect is where you will read your textbook and complete some graded assignments. You will access Connect through our course website, Canvas.

Grading (out of 1000 points)

Type of Assessment Times offered Number counted towards grade Points per Assignment Grade Points Grade Percentage
Module Prep 12 11 10 110 11
Learn Smart 15 12 10 120 12
Assignments 12 11 30 330 33
Midterm 1 1 200 200 200
Final 1 1 200 200 200
Practice Exams 2 20 40 4
GRADE TOTAL 1000 100



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