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ECON 2102 Semester 1, 2017 Course Journal


The course journal is designed to help you organise and keep track of your thoughts on the required reading for the course as well as a place to record your practice problem attempts. It is also a way for you to better connect the tutorial problems and the models learned in class to real world examples.

What to do

The journal is composed of three separate components:

1. Reading and podcast notes

2. Tutorial problems attempts

3. Assignment problem attempts

Reading/Podcasts: There are assigned readings/podcasts to be completed outside of the tutorials (details are given in the course outline) and the potential for some additional readings assigned during the course (additional readings normally reflect current events that arise during the course that are related to topics we cover). For each of these readings/podcasts you are required to write, in long-hand (i.e. not typed), notes on the assigned content. The content of these readings/podcasts is assessed on the mid-term exam and on the final. The length requirement for the notes is at least one page of notes for every assigned reading with the exception of readings that are actually shorter than two pages in length. For these shorter readings, there is no length requirement on the notes just a requirement that an entry is made in the journal. Notes may be in outline form.

Some of the readings are journal articles that have technical components which are beyond the scope of this class. You are not expected to fully understand and retain the information in these technical sections. You may skim these passages looking for key results and otherwise disregard the more technical aspects. In general, it should be pretty clear what is technical and what is not. If uncertain, please ask.

Tutorial Problems: In seven of the tutorials there will be small problem set to be completed. Each problem set is distributed during the tutorial and is to be completed in class in a small group. The work and notes related to the completion of this problem set should be recorded in your course journal.

Assignment Problems: There are four assignments in this course. The assignment attempts should be recorded in your course journal. The assignments will be reviewed during tutorials.

How to structure the journal

The journal may be structured chronologically with all three of the above components together or it may be broken into three separate sections, which must be individually ordered chronologically. Everything must be contained in one notebook and properly labelled and dated. Remember, the easier your notebook is to mark, the better your mark will be. If markers have to hunt for your entries, you risk losing marks.

Many students also like to put their class notes in the journal. This is allowed but NOT required. If you do this, make sure that the marked entries are easy to find and to distinguish from your notes. Structure is assessed (see rubric below) so points can be deducted if the marker has trouble finding your entries.

By the end of the semester, the course journal should be an excellent resource to prepare for the final exam.

Pro Tip: Use a notebook that allows for pages to be added and removed. This way you can easily reorder the journal if necessary or add missing entries.

Marking and Assessment

The course journal is due in week 12 at the completion of the tutorial. The journal is assessed using the rubric provided at the end of this document. In addition, periodic spot checks are done by the tutors to check whether notes and assigned problems are completed before attending the tutorial.

Group work and plagiarism

This assignment is an individual assignment. The contents of your journal should be created independently by you, and no one else. Do NOT copy passages of text from original or secondary sources without proper citation and do NOT copy content directly from another student into your journal. Violations will be considered plagiarism.

In the School of Economics all cases of substantial plagiarism are reported to the Associate Head of School. The following penalties will apply:

Reduction in marks for the assessment item, including zero;

Failure in the course [00FL] in extreme cases;

Other additional penalties in accordance with the UNSW Procedures for Dealing with Student Plagiarism, may be considered in extreme cases;

All cases will be recorded on the UNSW Plagiarism Central Register

More information about plagiarism and how to avoid it can be found at:

Marking Rubric

Criteria and

Below Expectations

Meets Expectations

Exceeds Expectations


<50% (Fail)

50% - 74% (Pass-Credit)

75% (Distinction-High Distinction)


Journal does not meet the one page per outside activity minimum.

Journal meets the one page per outside activity minimum.

Journal meets the one page per outside activity minimum.

All entries are present and

All entries are present and of correct length

Evidence that student attempted to exaggerate the length using wide margins or other formatting.

of correct length

Minor formatting issues

No formatting issues

Some irrelevant information included in the journal to increase length

No Irrelevant information

1. Length


Missing material including


readings or tutorial problems

Irrelevant information included to increase length

Portions of the journal which are not hand written will be marked zero

2. Legibility

More than 10% of the content is illegible.

Less than 10% of the content is illegible. Although, some areas were hard to read and understand. Some labelling issues are present with respect to the journal entries.

Journal is legible and clearly labelled.



Incomplete or missing tutorial problems, notes, or assignment problem attempts

All tutorial problems, notes, and assignments are contained in the journal

Journal is complete and well structured

Tutorial notes in chronological

Tutorials out of order

Tutorials in correct order

order and well labelled.

3. Content


Partial attempts at tutorial problems

Clear labelling

All tutorial problems well labelled,

All tutorial problems are

in order, and done well.


No date or tutorial labels

reasonably attempted

All assignment problems well


No evidence of assignment problem attempts

All assignment problems are reasonably attempted

labelled, in order, and done well.

Copying assignment problem answers directly from answer key

4. Spot

Student was not present or did not complete outside activity prior to the tutorial.

Student completed some of the required activity.

Student completed the required activity and satisfied all requirements