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Macroeconomics

Master Teacher:  Melissa Muender, MA

McGovern Master Teacher

Melissa Muender, MA

MA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
BA, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Melissa Muender, with a master’s degree in applied economics, has taught for Liberty University, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online, Eastern Shore Community College, Rowan Cabarrus Community College, and Central Piedmont Community College. She has worked as a consultant for the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and has scored for NJASK, CELLA, and CAHSEE with the Educational Testing Service. Melissa has also been invited to serve as an AP® Reader for ETS and has scored AP® Macroeconomics exam essays.

She has also homeschooled her two children. Melissa is privileged to be the pastor’s wife at Maranatha Baptist Church on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and has enjoyed participating in several mission projects around the world. She has also taught Economics for the Citizen for the Patrick Henry College Distance Learning program.

Classroom Teacher:  Amy Raybould, MA

Raybould Classroom Teacher

Amy Raybould, MA

MA, Liberty University
BS, Liberty University

Amy Raybould graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics and earned a Master of Arts degree in Business from Liberty University. During her studies, Amy assisted in teaching all age groups ranging from elementary students to undergraduate and graduate college students. This is her sixth year as the Classroom Teacher for the Academy’s AP® Microeconomics and AP® Macroeconomics courses.

She currently resides in New Jersey where she has served as a Relationship Manager and Vice President in the banking industry. Amy is no stranger to the online education format. Prior to working at TD Bank and Susquehanna Bank, Amy served as the Director of Academic Advising for Liberty University Online.

Duration: One-semester course offered in the spring (16 weeks)

AP® Macroeconomics — Live Online Class Session Schedule, 2016

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time

Instructors

Section 1
Wednesdays, 8:00–9:00
p.m. (Eastern Time)
Mrs. Melissa Muender;
Ms. Amy Raybould
Section 2
Thursdays, 8:00–9:00 p.m.
(Eastern Time)
Mrs. Melissa Muender;
Ms. Amy Raybould
Note: Additional class times may be added to the schedule later in the registration period. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What topics will I learn about in Macroeconomics?

    This course will introduce students to the basic principles of macroeconomics and how to approach economic issues from a biblical worldview. By the end of the course, students should have a solid understanding of:

    • Basic economic concepts,
    • Measurement of economic performance,
    • National income and price determination,
    • The financial sector,
    • Inflation, unemployment, and stabilization policies,
    • Economic growth and productivity,
    • International trade and finance, and
    • Biblical perspectives on economics.

    The course will employ readings, lectures, video segments, graphing tutorials, and PowerPoint presentations to enhance understanding of these topics. Students will be expected to make use of the aforementioned resources to successfully complete the homework assignments (including assignments from the Econ Central website), participate in discussion forums, and prepare for quizzes and exams.

  • What books will I use in Macroeconomics?

    View the Macroeconomics Booklist for the spring 2015 semester. Note that books and materials requirements may change. Please wait to order your books until the new booklist is posted for the spring 2016 semester.

    You can order your books through HSLDA Online Academy’s bookstore.

  • Am I ready to take Macroeconomics?

    This is a rigorous, college-level course. The Academy recommends that students have a strong background in mathematics in order to succeed in AP® Macroeconomics. Students taking AP® Macroeconomics should either be currently enrolled in or have previously completed an Algebra II course. 

    AP Microeconomics (offered in the fall) is not a prerequisite for AP® Macroeconomics; however, students who plan to take both courses are encouraged to take AP Microeconomics first, since the topics in AP® Macroeconomics build on the microeconomics topics. Please visit the College Board page about AP® Macroeconomics for more information about the material and skills students will study in the course and will need to master for the AP® exam in this subject.

    Still have questions about whether you are ready for an AP® course? Please visit our Academic Readiness page for more information.

  • What is a Live Online Class Session?

    In every HSLDA Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with listed class times?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements with their instructors to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.

    Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts.