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Economics Syllabus 

Economics Syllabus


TEACHERS: Jennifer Moeller email:

                           Cheryl Peters email:


COURSE OBJECTIVE: Economics is a semester long course, and is required for a high school diploma in the state of Georgia. The course is designed to engage students in basic economic concepts revolving around 5 areas of study to include fundamentals, microeconomics, macroeconomics, international trade, and personal finance.


COURSE FRAMEWORK: As set forth by the Georgia Department of Education outlined below:

Unit 1 Fundamentals of Economics: explain why limited productive resources and unlimited wants result in scarcity, opportunity costs and trade offs for individuals, businesses and governments; how rational decision making entails comparing the marginal benefits and the marginal costs of an action, explain how specialization and voluntary exchange between buyers and sellers increase the satisfaction of both parties, compare and contrast different economic systems, and explain how they answer the three basic economic questions of what to produce, how to produce and for whom to produce, and describe roles of government in a market economy.

Unit 2 Microeconomics: Describe how households, businesses, and governments are interdependent and interact through flow of goods, services, and money, explain the Law of Demand, the Law of Supply, prices, and profits work to determine production and distribution in a market economy, explain the organization and role of business and analyze the four types of market structures in the U.S. economy,

Unit 3 Macroeconomics: Explain that overall levels of income, employment and prices are determined by the spending and production decisions of households, businesses, government and net exports, define Gross Domestic Product (GDP), economic growth, unemployment, Consumer Price Index (CPI), inflation, stagflation and aggregate supply and aggregate demand, explain how economic growth, inflation and unemployment are calculated, identify structural, cyclical and frictional unemployment.

Unit 4 International economy: explain how changes in exchange rates can impact the purchasing power of individuals in the United States and in other countries, will explain why individuals, businesses and governments trade goods and services, explain why countries sometimes erect trade barriers and sometimes advocate free trade

Unit 5 Personal Finance: apply rational decision making to personal spending and saving choices, explain that banks and other financial institutions are businesses that channel funds from savers to investors, explain how changes in monetary and fiscal policy can have an impact on an individual’s spending and saving choices, evaluate the costs and benefits of using credit, describe how insurance and other risk-management strategies protect against financial loss, describe how the earnings of workers are determined in the marketplace

READING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM: As part of Ringgold High School’s literacy plan, students will be required to read at least two books in their social studies classroom. This will include but not limited to Economics Principles & Practices Glencoe, various primary and secondary sources as they relate to the Georgia Performance Standards in economics, and articles from the Chattanooga Times Free Press.





CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS: *All school rules apply in this classroom.

*You are to be in your assigned desk with all materials ready, working on the agenda and writing to win quietly when the tardy bell rings.

*Be prepared to participate in a learning environment everyday with an economics textbook, pen or sharpened pencil (#2 pencil on scantron test day), and your organized portfolio (at least a 1-inch three ringed organized notebook with clean notebook paper and 3 dividers)



Attendance in class is very important. The tardy policy is as follows: 1st and 2nd warning by teacher

3rd + referral to office handled by an administrator


MAKE-UP WORK/LATE WORK: Make-up work is defined as school work you have missed because you are not physically present in class. It is your responsibility to copy down the agenda from your “binder buddy” the day you return to school and check your portfolio for any work. Make-up and late work will be turned into the green folder. Any notes or class activities that were not counted as a daily grade will be the responsibility of the student to place in their portfolio. Students will be given the same number of days they were absent to turn in their work for full credit. For example, if you were absent Monday and Tuesday, you would be given 2 days to turn in missed assignments for full credit (school board policy). Late work is highly discouraged. All late work will receive a 10 point deduction per day with a maximum of 30 points deducted.



Each nine weeks counts 42.5% for a total of 85% and the economics EOCT is the final exam counts 15%=100%

9 weeks grade will be calculated as follows:

20% “Writing to Win” essential questions/warm-ups

20% quizzes based on economics vocabulary and readings

20% daily work/ homework/ random portfolio checks

40% tests/ performance tasks/ portfolio turned in at the end of each nine weeks



Parents may stay informed of their student’s attendance and grades by using Infinite campus. Once work is collected from their student, a grade will be entered within 72 hours. Infinite campus is a tool to inform parents and students of their average. Infinite campus cannot adequately address requirements or subject matter. Those issues are best discussed with your student who is enrolled in the course.



It is very important to be in class on the day of a test. All make-up tests will be during regularly scheduled school day. Being absent is highly discouraged due to students missing instruction for that day due to taking a test.


PORTFOLIO: In order to be successful in class, it is very important to stay organized. Your portfolio will be at least a 1-inch three ringed notebook that will contain only economics. A copy of the syllabus must be kept in the front of the portfolio followed by 3 dividers that will be labeled in the following order:

  1. “Agenda”
  2. “Writing to Win”
  3. “Daily/Homework”

You will be required to keep a portfolio for the entire semester. Each nine weeks it will be collected for a test grade.

SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY: Scholastic dishonesty is defined as any work that is not your own. A grade of zero will be given to the student on the assignment with no opportunity for make-up. Your teacher assumes the responsibility of determining if your assignment was scholastically dishonest. If the problem persists, I will take appropriate administrative action. If you are having difficulties with an assignment see me for help.









Mrs. Jennifer Moeller

Mrs. Cheryl Peters

Economics syllabus



I, _______________________________________________(student-print name), have received and read my economics syllabus.


After thoroughly reading the information, I have placed the syllabus in the front of my portfolio to refer to throughout the semester.






Student’s signature






Please sign indicating that you have read and understand the following information in your student’s economics syllabus. If there are any questions throughout the course, please do not hesitate to contact me. For a faster response, email is preferred.



Parent/guardian signature



The form must be returned to your teacher on the following day upon receipt.


Thank you, Jennifer Moeller