There is not a conventional textbook for this course. Resources for each lesson are linked to the online lesson plan, and resources for each unit are linked to each unit review sheet.
Course Web Site:
Units and Topics Covered:
Field Study Project
Unit #1: Introduction to Economics
Unit #2: Consumer Behaviour and Personal Financial Planning
Unit #3: Government and the Economy
Unit #4: Macroeconomics
Unit #5: Microeconomics
Civic Engagement Project
See the term's summative mark profile.
Three Styles of Assessment
Assessment FOR Learning:
Assessment that is intended to provide students the opportunity to apply their learning. This assessment is formative in nature: providing both the student and the teacher with insight into the learning that is taking place. This assessment does not count toward the student's grade.
Goal(s): To allow students to practice skills and apply knowledge, and to guide the next steps for intstruction and learning.
Examples: formative quizzes, exercises, and presentations.
Assessment AS Learning:
Assessment that is intended to provide students the opportunity to reflect upon their learning. This assessment is formative in nature: providing both the student and the teacher with insight into the student's own reflection upon his/her learning. This assessment does not count toward the student's grade.
Goal(s): To develop student metacognition. In other words, to give students insight into their own thinking and learning and to help students develop and refine strategies to use in future learning.
Examples: reflective journals, exit cards.
Assessment OF Learning:
Assessment that is intended to depict a student's level of achievment at a given point in time. This assessment is summative in nature, and thus will count toward the student's grade.
Goal(s): To provide the student with a mark that will inform the student and other interested parties of the student's relative achievment with respect to the course curriculum.
Examples: summative quizzes, tests, essays, reports, labs, and presentations.
Bear in mind that any test in this course will attempt to evaluate the student's understanding of the topics and issues within a given unit. Although memorization of any facts or details involved will often be essential for a correct answer, memorization is not all that is required. Questions are not often designed to allow the student to recite a class note in the appropriate place, but rather to apply the knowledge contained within a note in a new and often abstract manner.
A student's opinion on a topic or issue will be given due consideration, but will be considered of little value if it is not supported by fact. Opinions are expected to take the information learned within the course into consideration - not to replace this information.
Course Policies and Guidelines:
Assignments and Projects:
1) All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the assigned day.
2) Late assignments will be penalized 10% per day, up to a maximum of 50%. An Academic Deficiency Form will be sent home after an assignment is two days late. This form is to be signed by a parent and then returned to the H.T.S. office.
3) If circumstances beyond a student's ability to control will prevent the student from completing an assignment by the specified due date, then the student is invited to complete and submit an extension application for approval by the course instructor. This form must be submitted at least four school days in advance of the due date. Completing and submitting this application is the only accepted means of obtaining an extension in this course.
Students should note that an extension application must be sponsored by an individual who can corroborate the student's need for an extension. For example, a health issue should be sponsored by a physician or guardian. The sponsor's name, signature, and phone number must be provided. It should also be noted that an extension is not considered to be in force until such time as the application form has been completed, submitted, and approved by the course instructor.
4) All work must be neat and accurate, typing or word processing of major assignments is strongly encouraged.
5) All borrowed information must be properly documented using an accepted procedure, i.e. footnoting, endnoting, etc. Plagiarism is an offence and will result in an automatic grade of zero for the assignment.
6) Spelling and grammar will be figured into the grade of every written assignment (up to a maximum of 20% of the mark). There is no substitute for a well written paper.
Tests and Exams:
7) All students are expected to write tests on the set date. If a student must miss a test day, then the onus is placed on the student to let me know well in advance, and to arrange for an alternate time to take the test.
8) If the student misses a test day without letting me know in advance, then only a doctor's note can allow the student to make up the test.
9) If the student misses a test and yet is found to be in attendance on the day in question, an automatic zero will be awarded for the test mark.
10) If the student is found to have cheated on a test, an automatic zero will be awarded for the test mark.
Class Routine and Work Ethic:
11) Students are expected to be in class and ready to work by the beginning of the period.
12) Classes will proceed in the order indicated on the term outlines. Students are responsible to check off the classes as they are completed and to always be mindful of the objectives and requirements associated with the next class. Students are expected to complete any required reading and print off any handouts for a given class BEFORE that class - not during, and certainly not after.
13) Speaking or causing a distraction while the teacher or a student is addressing the class is not permitted. Such behaviour will compromise a student's participation mark which is valued at 10% of any given term.
14) Participation in class activities and discussions is strongly encouraged and will count towards 10% of the student's term grade.
15) Lateness and missing of days will count against the student's participation mark (up to a maximum of 10% of the term grade).