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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Government Policy - Lesson Plan

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

3.75 stars
Content Quality: 3.75 stars
Effectiveness: 3.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Jan 07, 2014 by Business Editorial Board
Overview: This site provides a lesson plan that includes aims and links to a PowerPoint presentation and an activity page with three case studies to review. The nature of discussion is in the United Kingdom in the late 1990s and early 2000s. This resource is designed specifically for Unit 30 of the Edexcel BTEC National qualification, 'Business and the Economic Environment'.
Learning Goals: The aim of this resource is to enhance your understanding of how government policy influences business activity. By the end, you should be able to: • Identify the role of the government in influencing business activity • Understand the different ways in which business organizations are impacted upon by policy • Identify the key components of the circular flow of income • Research into the impact of subsidies, interest rates and the exchange rate
Target Student Population: • Beginner/Introductory/Survey Economics, Introduction to Macroeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics • Non-economics students taking Macroeconomics as a minor
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic computer and browser skills
Type of Material: Presentation
Recommended Uses: • The powerpoint and assignment can be used to facilitate in-class and/or online discussion to connect to the related concepts covered.
Technical Requirements: Internet Explorer 8 or the equivalent Firefox browser will suffice. Quicktime or Flash Player is required. MS Office is required

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3.75 stars
Strengths: • The lesson plan can be used as a template for the instructor to customize to the local economy with ideas on the different sectors. • The content has an Activity to support the explanation and had supporting explanation of Circular Flow on slide 6 • Provided a Activity based discussion question for classroom or online usage
Concerns: • On the activity page, the links entitled ‘Circular Flow of Income’ and ‘National Farmers' Union Web site’ are not working. There are only 6 slides in the powerpoint that summarizes prior knowledge of the Circular Flow of Income, and there is a link on the last slide that is not working. • Was not clear what the scholarship was and what background was required.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: • Identify the role of the government in influencing business activity • Understand the different ways in which business organizations are impacted upon by policy • Gives student a good starting point to initiate discussions on the effect of government policy • The instructor can take advantage of the Activity page provided at the website as an opening , a summary or closure to the chapter on ‘Fiscal Policy’ in class and online as an isolated case study overseas , and then relating it to the policies in United States for similarities and differences between the two countries.
Concerns: • Not much detail or explanation for the viewer • Question effectiveness of the 6 slides and the presentation on Circular Flow • Audience for presentation is very specific • The PowerPoint slides are dated 2006 while the Activity webpage is dated 2004. That is about 6-8 years ago and since there has been a change in government in UK, it’s not up-to-date with what is actually happening in the British economy at the present time.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: • Website was easy to connect to and easy to maneuver on the page • Was easy to view and the presentation was clear and engaging • Information is laid out on one page with easy access to the powerpoint presentation and activity page.
Concerns: • Not clear what the goal of the presentation and Activity, appears to be a portion of certification • A short presentation on an important economic topic, the webpage information did not explain the value of the presentation and activity • There is no interactive feature and it’s dated.

Other Issues and Comments: Just not much detailed explanation for viewer to learn from