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2014/2015  BA-BINBO1322U  Macroeconomics

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Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Course period Third Quarter, Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc in International Business
Course coordinator
  • Annaïg Morin - Department of Economics (ECON)
Main academic disciplines
  • Economics, macro economics and managerial economics
Last updated on 17-12-2014
Learning objectives
After having followed the course the student should be able to:
  • Explain basic macroeconomic in a comprehensive way.
  • Describe how real GDP is determined in the short run and the long run.
  • Describe the main determinants of other important macroeconomic variables such as inflation, unemployment, real wage, interest rate, exchange rate etc.
  • Perform simple algebraically calculations related to developments in the main macroeconomic variables.
  • Describe and explain the assumptions and relations of the main macroeconomic models.
  • Illustrate diagrammatically these models, perform policy experiments and interpret verbally what happens when moving from one equilibrium to another.
  • Solve algebraically simple macroeconomic models in order to determine the value of the variables in equilibrium and changes in the variables.
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Spring Term and August, the regular exam takes place in March. The make-up and re-examination takes place in August.
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Closed Book: no aids
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
The Make-up and Re-examination takes place according to the same rules as the regular exam.
Description of the exam procedure

No aids allowed other than basic language dictionaries (e.g. from mother tongue to English and vice versa and English/English).

PC and paper exam without any access to CBS network.

Course content and structure

The course is an introduction to Macroeconomics, the branch of economics that studies the
behaviour of the economy as a whole. Key concepts are total production and income,
(un)employment, inflation, the rate of interest, the trade balance, exchange rates, and the like. The
aim is to be able to explain the determinants of economic developments, both in the long run and in
the short run, and to explore the scope that may exist for Government and Central Bank policy to
keep the economy on a stable course.

The course will combine lectures and exercise classes. During the lectures, the main theoretical
points of the textbook will be highlighted and related to real-life macroeconomics and economic
policy. The best way to prepare for the lectures is to study the relevant chapters of the textbook in
advance and solve the "Questions for review" accompanying each chapter. During the exercise
classes we will solve a selection of the "Problems and Applications" of the textbook, which you will
also be asked to solve for yourself in advance.

Teaching methods
Lectures and Exercises.

There are 42 lecturing hours. These hours will be devoted to covering the material in the textbook by traditional lectures and discussion in the class. There are also 12 exercises hours that will be used for doing exercises and applications with the aim of providing students an opportunity to practice the more applied aspects of the class.
Student workload
Lecture hours 42 hours
Exercises 12 hours
Preparation for class and exams 171 hours
Expected literature

Mankiw: Macroeconomics, Eight Edition, Worth Publishers 

Please note, minor changes may occur. The teacher will uploade the final reading list to Learn two weeks before the course starts.

Last updated on 17-12-2014