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Econ 310 Syllabus Prof. Wiest Money and banking Fall 2012

Course Objectives:

The objectives of the course are to gain an understanding of our monetary and financial system, to improve students’ understanding of economics concepts and their application, and to improve analytical skills.

Course Content:

The course will examine the following topics: the U.S. and international monetary systems; the formulation of monetary policy by the Federal Reserve System and its effects on financial markets and on the U.S. and World economies; the behavior of financial institutions and financial markets; forces influencing the prices and rates of return of domestic and international assets; recent problems and regulatory policies in financial services industries; an examination of the 2007-09 financial and economic crisis along with the responses of policy makers; the current sovereign debt problems among Euro area nations.

Text and Reading Assignments:

The Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets, Frederic S. Mishkin, Business School Edition, 3rd ed., (2013), Pearson/Addison-Wesley, with MyEconLab. Homework assignments require the use of MyEconLab.

Study Guide for this text is optional

Other occasional readings may be assigned during the semester.

Requirements and Grading Policies:

Students’ grades for the course will be determined by scores on two hourly exams, a final exam, six quizzes and a series of six homework assignments from MyEconLab. The lowest two quiz scores will be dropped , and only the highest four of the six quiz scores will count toward your grade. Also the lowest one of the six homework grades will be dropped. Exams and quizzes will cover both reading assignments and additional material covered in class. Final grades will be determined as follows:

Average Homework Score: 10% Average quiz score: 15%; Two hourly exams and final...