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ECON-201 - Macroeconomics - Guillermo Cruz, M.A.

Professor:Guillermo Cruz, M.A.
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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I will be your instructor: Guillermo Cruz, M.A. Economics, McGill University, Canada McGill logo



You will be studying Macroeconomics:

This class is 100% ONLINE CLASS.

You will be assigned required readings from our selected class textbook: "Macroeconomics" or "Economics" by "Roger Arnold" and videos to watch every week on Thinkwell Website. There will be mandatory "Thinkwell Website Exercises" and then we will use COC CANVAS Website for tests AND other assignments.

If you sign for this class then you will receive an email a week before the starting date with additional relevant information to help you getting ready, including the syllabus.

For your success in this class:

  • You will need to get familiar with these online components:
    1. “Thinkwell” platform:
      You will need to purchase an access code from “Thinkwell” company to follow the videos and exercises.
    2. The email address for technical support is:
    3. We will use COC CANVAS Platform for Exams and Discussion Board Questions

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Course Description


ECON 201 introduces the concepts and tools of macroeconomic analysis, especially as they apply to US economy. Emphasis on the broad overall performance of our economic system is our objective -with concentration in areas such as national income determination, employment, and inflation. ECON 201 develops a logical analysis of short-term-business fluctuations in the economy and the long-term goal of “Full Employment” and then introduces governmental fiscal and monetary policies as possible solutions to them.


To prepare students for “The ordinary Business of Life” as well as for upper division courses in business and economics by applying economics concepts, analyzing economics problems, evaluating economic policies, and suggesting possible solutions.


Students will analyze and evaluate the problem of scarcity throughout markets by applying and appraising the Classical/Neoclassical and Keynesian solutions to business fluctuations, in terms of growth, inflation and unemployment.

Major Topics

  • Introduction to Economics
  • Market analysis
  • Business Fluctuations
  • Macroeconomics Data
  • Neoclassical and Keynesian Economics Models to examine possible solutions to Business Fluctuations in the short run and the achievement of long-term goals.
  • Fiscal Policy
  • Monetary Policy

What to Expect in this Course

For your success in this class:

  • You will need to get familiar with these online components:
    1. “Thinkwell” platform:
      You will need to purchase an access code from “Thinkwell” company to follow the videos and exercises.
    2. The email address for technical support is:
    3. We will use COC CANVAS Platform for Exams and Discussion Board Questions

Textbook Information

Required Software:

“Thinkwell” platform:

You could buy the Thinkwell access code from the COC bookstore or from “Thinkwell” Website (recommended)

Required Textbook:

“Macroeconomics” OR “Economics” by Roger A. Arnold 

Other Relevant Course Information

Most important for you, please contact me any time for further questions.

Guillermo Cruz
Professor of Economics

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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Last updated: 10/06/2021 Sub#: 746