ECON 3505


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Course No. and Title:

ECON 3505 Information Technology and the Canadian Economy

Credit Value:

Three (3) credit hours

Course Description:

This course deals with the economics of structural change and Canada's multifaceted experience in this area. It blends economic theory, economic analysis, economic history and public policy in the context of the revolution in information technology. The contemporary features of the Canadian economy will be analyzed within the parameters of the new global economy of the 21st century. The trilogy of interactive forces that comprise the new economy in the form of globalization, trade liberalization and the information technology and communications revolution will be highlighted. Other topics that will be discussed are: the emergence of knowledge based industries, entrepreneurship, innovation, the demographic and skill composition of Canada's work force, the economics of structural and technological change and the role of the private and public sectors in the Information Age. The historical role of structural change on Canada's national economy and economic history will be discussed in considerable detail.

Prerequisite: any first year economics course or by approval of the instructor
Course Author:

Professor Constantine Passaris is the course developer and your online instructor for ECON 2505. His biographical profile can be accessed on the main page of this course by clicking on the Introducing Dr. Constantine Passaris tab. 

Name: Dr. Constantine E. Passaris
Academic Title: Professor of Economics
Telephone: 506-447-3209
Fax: 506-453-4514

Course Features:

This online course will simulate the intellectual environment and academic experience that takes place in an academy of higher learning. The principal objective is to enhance the pedagogical efficacy for the dissemination of knowledge and facilitate the process of student/teacher interaction.

This course will contribute to individualized education and provide an opportunity for life-long learning. The mission of the course is to engage students in the excitement of intellectual discovery and the dissemination of knowledge. It will promote an environment that empowers students with specialized knowledge and skills and affords them the opportunity to engage in a dialogue and intellectual debate. It will also provide a platform for the exchange of ideas, exploring new ideas and make a contribution towards advancing the frontiers of knowledge.

Course Format:

This course will be held in a virtual classroom with the added benefit of one on one instruction. The format simulates a real classroom and university environment without requiring the physical presence of the student on the campus of the University of New Brunswick This course blends the lecture and seminar format in order to enhance the most effective e-learning experience. Several innovative features are included in the design of this course in order to enhance the quality of distance learning and make it student friendly. In particular it will break down the barriers of the impersonal and self-directed online courses in favour of a stimulating virtual classroom with direct access and effective communication between the student and the instructor of this course. Students are encouraged to communicate with their instructor through email and ask questions, make comments or promote ideas about Information Technology and the Canadian Economy. From time to time, the instructor and the students will use the WebCT chat feature for direct interactive discussion. Students should make use of the discussion forum to communicate with each other and post their ideas for their classmates to read. Furthermore, assignments and examinations will be individualized.

Course Texts:

You are not required to purchase a textbook for this course. The extensive and expansive class lectures will be complemented with reading assignments and documentary material that can be easily accessed at several web sites on the Internet. Contemporary material and documentation will also be sent to you through email.

Assignments & Examinations:

Students will be expected to complete two assignments and write a research paper on a topic of their choice which has been previously approved by the instructor. The assignments and research topic will be communicated to you through email. As soon as you complete reading the first six lectures email your instructor in order to receive your first assignment. When you have read lecture ten email your instructor again and you will receive the second assignment. Upon the completion of lecture fifteen email your instructor with a suggested topic and short outline of your proposed research paper. Each lecture will conclude by inviting you to test your understanding of a number of important terms and concepts. Letter grade equivalents A+ = 86-100; A = 80-85; A- = 75-79; B+ = 70-74 ; B = 65-69; B- = 60-64; C+ = 55-59; C = 50-54; D = 40-49; F = 0-39.

Assignments (2 @ 25% each) 50%
One Research Paper 50%
Total Marks 100%

All mid-term exams and final exams for online courses will be invigilated at an approved time and location. Please refer to the Online Exam Request Form to book.

Time Limit: 6 months from registration date. All course exams and/or assignments must be completed by the designated end date of your course.

Online courses are subject to an additional $100 non-refundable online fee per course. Fees are subject to change by the Board of Governors.
More information on fees for this course.

Methods of Payment:

Once you complete the Apply Now form below, please send payment. Methods of payment accepted:
Cash (Do not send in the mail. Please deliver to the College of Extended Learning, 2nd Level, Wu Centre, UNB Fredericton Campus)
Cheque or money order (Mail to UNB College of Extended Learning, PO Box 4400, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 5A3)
MasterCard / VISA / American Express (Please call the College of Extended Learning at 1-866-599-4646  or 506 453-4646 with your credit card number, expiry date, and the name as it appears on the card. Please do not send credit card information via email).

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If you have previously registered in this online course and wish to register again, please contact us at 453-4646 to complete the registration process.