Open Notes Tests

24 02 2011

Economics Open Notes Tests

You can use your handouts, your textbook and any personal notes for these tests.  The purpose of the questions is to determine whether you understand the concepts and can fully explain them and/or apply them.

Each test will consist of two types of questions. Some will be normative statements that you can either support or oppose.  Others will be questions designed to determine whether you understand fundamental economic concepts.  You need to do more than just write the definitions of the terms for these questions.

For both types of questions, the use of graphs is strongly encouraged, where appropriate.  As well, be sure to incorporate appropriate economic vocabulary and terminology.  Wherever possible, use concrete, clear examples to support your statements.

You may come in with personal notes to help you answer the questions but I don’t want to see full answers that you are just copying on to the paper.  Part of the purpose of the test is to help you learn to manage your time.  As always, I’m looking for quality not quantity.

Some choice may be provided on the test.  Be sure to fully read all instructions before beginning your answers.

Marking Scheme for Economics Tests

Criteria Insufficient Evidence Limited Evidence Some Evidence Considerable Evidence High Degree of Evidence
1) Does the answer demonstrate an understanding of the underlying economic concepts? (KU)

0

1

2

3

4

2) Does the answer use appropriate models, graphs and examples to support arguments? (AP)

0

1

2

3

4

3) Is the answer well-reasoned? Does it consider multiple perspectives and all available evidence? (TI)

0

1

2

3

4

4) Does the answer come to a clear, easy to understand conclusion, supported by reasoned arguments? (CM)

0

1

2

3

4

Understanding Questions will be marked using criteria 1 and 2 (each question worth 8 marks)

Normative Statements will be marked using criteria 2, 3 and 4  (Each question worth 12 marks)


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