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BSc Business Economics

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

BSc Business Economics

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Bachelor of Science in Business Economics

Programme Code

BEC-BSC-S

UCAS Code

L110

JACS Code

L100 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

A Level grades of ABB in any subjects and Grade B in GCSE Mathematics

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Single Honours

Length of Programme

3 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

360

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Queen's Management School

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Business and Management (2015)

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Dr Duncan Watson

University of East Anglia

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

None

Programme Specific Regulations

Stage 1
Students will be allowed to proceed from Stage 1 to Stage 2 only when they have passed all Stage 1 modules.
Stage 2
Students are only permitted to undertake one optional placement or study abroad year.
Stage 3
Students will not be permitted to proceed to Stage 3 until they have successfully completed all Stage 1 modules.

Students with protected characteristics

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

The degree programme aims to:

Develop effective systems of teaching, learning, academic guidance and pastoral support to encourage the academic, intellectual and personal development of our students;

Provide students with the opportunity to pursue appropriately demanding programmes of study focused on Economics with special application to business;

Provide students who wish to pursue postgraduate studies in Economics or cognate subjects with the necessary study skills and subject knowledge;

Develop students' knowledge and skills base in ways that, inter alia, will enhance their employment opportunities;

Maintain a supportive working environment in which there is respect for social and cultural differences and openness, fairness, and equality of opportunity in relation to selection, learning, assessment and support.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

On completion of the programme, students should be able to demonstrate proficiency in: abstraction, analysis, deduction and induction, quantification, synthesis and evidence based evaluation.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Student’s own study supported by lectures, tutorials and web-based course materials, thorough tutorial preparation, essays, problem sets and projects

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is through presentations, problem sets, essays, projects and unseen examinations.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Students are expected to demonstrate skills in the management of workload, independent learning and self management, in written and oral communication and in the use of information and communications technology.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Scheduled essays and presentations develop transferable skills such as independent learning, communication and self management.

Methods of Assessment

Learning, communication and self-management are indirectly assessed through essays, projects/reports and end of semester examinations.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Understanding of analytical methods, both theory- and model-based

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Acquisition of core knowledge is through students’ own study supported by lectures, tutorials, on line material, projects, essays, quantitative exercises and directed reading. The core material for each module is presented in lectures. Learning is consolidated by means of weekly tutorials which are typically organized around topics for discussion or problem sets.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is designed to promote effective learning given the objectives of each module. At level one, course work assessment is formative and summative with the emphasis on supportive feedback to enable all students to acquire a solid foundation in economics and quantitative techniques regardless of their previous background. Summative assessment is also by means of an end of semester unseen written examination. At levels two and three coursework is used for both summative and formative assessment with a view to encouraging sustained independent learning.

Ability to apply core microeconomic theory and reasoning to business and management topics

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Acquisition of core knowledge is through students’ own study supported by lectures, tutorials, on line material, projects, essays, quantitative exercises and directed reading. The core material for each module is presented in lectures. Learning is consolidated by means of weekly tutorials which are typically organized around topics for discussion or problem sets

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is designed to promote effective learning given the objectives of each module. At level one, course work assessment is formative and summative with the emphasis on supportive feedback to enable all students to acquire a solid foundation in economics and quantitative techniques regardless of their previous background. Summative assessment is also by means of an end of semester unseen written examination. At levels two and three coursework is used for both summative and formative assessment with a view to encouraging sustained independent learning.

Ability to relate differences in economic policy recommendations to differences in the theoretical and empirical features of the economic analysis, which underlie such recommendations

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Acquisition of core knowledge is through students’ own study supported by lectures, tutorials, on line material, projects, essays, quantitative exercises and directed reading. The core material for each module is presented in lectures. Learning is consolidated by means of weekly tutorials which are typically organized around topics for discussion or problem sets

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is designed to promote effective learning given the objectives of each module. At level one, course work assessment is formative and summative with the emphasis on supportive feedback to enable all students to acquire a solid foundation in economics and quantitative techniques regardless of their previous background. Summative assessment is also by means of an end of semester unseen written examination. At levels two and three coursework is used for both summative and formative assessment with a view to encouraging sustained independent learning.

Ability to discuss and analyse government policy and to assess the performance of the UK and other economies

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Acquisition of core knowledge is through students’ own study supported by lectures, tutorials, on line material, projects, essays, quantitative exercises and directed reading. The core material for each module is presented in lectures. Learning is consolidated by means of weekly tutorials which are typically organized around topics for discussion or problem sets

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is designed to promote effective learning given the objectives of each module. At level one, course work assessment is formative and summative with the emphasis on supportive feedback to enable all students to acquire a solid foundation in economics and quantitative techniques regardless of their previous background. Summative assessment is also by means of an end of semester unseen written examination. At levels two and three coursework is used for both summative and formative assessment with a view to encouraging sustained independent learning.

Knowledge of verbal, graphical, mathematical and econometric representation of economic ideas and analysis, including the relationship between them

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Acquisition of core knowledge is through students’ own study supported by lectures, tutorials, on line material, projects, essays, quantitative exercises and directed reading. The core material for each module is presented in lectures. Learning is consolidated by means of weekly tutorials which are typically organized around topics for discussion or problem sets

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is designed to promote effective learning given the objectives of each module. At level one, course work assessment is formative and summative with the emphasis on supportive feedback to enable all students to acquire a solid foundation in economics and quantitative techniques regardless of their previous background. Summative assessment is also by means of an end of semester unseen written examination. At levels two and three coursework is used for both summative and formative assessment with a view to encouraging sustained independent learning.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Students should acquire a facility with some key concepts such as opportunity cost, incentives, equilibrium and the relevance of marginal considerations.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Subject specific skills are developed and practiced in the course of preparation for and participation in tutorials, through solving problem sets, through researching and writing of essays, through taking part in projects and through preparation for mid-and/or end of semester examinations

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is both summative and formative. It takes the form of essays, problem sets, projects, presentations and unseen examinations

Students should also be familiar with the principal sources of economic information and data relevant to industry, commerce and government, and have had practice in organizing and presenting data in an informative manner.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Subject specific skills are developed and practiced in the course of preparation for and participation in tutorials, through solving problem sets, through researching and writing of essays, through taking part in projects and through preparation for mid-and/or end of semester examinations

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is both summative and formative. It takes the form of essays, problem sets, projects, presentations and unseen examinations

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Accounting

ACC1002

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

0%

10%

Financial Decision Making

FIN2006

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

25%

0%

75%

Public Economics

ECO3012

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

Labour Economics

ECO3019

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Financial Market Theory

FIN2008

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

25%

0%

75%

Financial Institutions and Markets

FIN1001

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

25%

0%

75%

Operations Management

MGT2005

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Managing Innovation

MGT3011

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

Supply Chain Management

MGT3013

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Managerial Economics

ECO2009

2

20

YES

10 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

International Business

MGT2011

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Business Ethics

MGT3012

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

0%

30%

70%

Public Sector Management

MGT3018

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

Human Resource Management

MGT2013

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

60%

40%

0%

Business Strategy

MGT3019

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

0%

30%

70%

Organisational Behaviour

MGT1009

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

60%

40%

0%

Data Analysis and Optimisation

ECO2023

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

60%

0%

Applied Economics

ECO1008

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Quantitative Methods

ECO1009

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

20%

0%

80%

Macroeconomic Policy and Performance

ECO2002

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Economics of Corporate Strategy

ECO3013

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

International Trade

ECO3014

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

Economic History

ECO3020

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

75%

25%

0%

Marketing

MGT1013

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

60%

40%

0%

Introduction to Business Economics

ECO1011

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

The Digital Business

MGT2018

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

3

40

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

Students must take at least 3 electives from Economics and up to 3 electives from Management