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BSc Economics

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

BSc Economics

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

Bachelor of Science in Economics

Programme Code

ECO-BSC-S

UCAS Code

L100

JACS Code

L100 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

At A Level – ABB in any subjects
Grade A 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

Economics (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

Awards, Credits and Progression of Learning Outcomes
Examinations
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 at the end of Level 2.

Students with protected characteristics

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

On completion of the programme the student will be able to:

Provide 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;

Provide students who wish to pursue postgraduate studies in Economics 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 and design, framing, 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, individual and group projects and unseen examinations.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

In addition to the subject specific skills noted above, students are expected to demonstrate skills in the management of workload, independent learning and self management, in written and oral communication, in team working and in the use of information and communications technology.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Scheduled essays, projects and presentations develop transferable skills such as independent learning, communication and self management.
Students are introduced to computer software packages for use in a range of modules.

Methods of Assessment

Learning, communication and self-management are directly assessed through essays, projects/reports and end of semester examinations. Presentations and team working form part of the continuous assessment element a range of modules.

Mathematical, statistical and ICT skills are directly assessed thorough exercises, 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 relevant mathematical and statistical techniques

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 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 by means of problem sets, quantitative analysis and report writing, problem solving in groups, individual and group presentations and end of semester unseen written examinations.

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 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 by means of problem sets, quantitative analysis and report writing, problem solving in groups, individual and group presentations and end of semester unseen written examinations.

Appreciation of the history and development of economic ideas and the differing methods of analysis that have been and are used by economists

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 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 by means of problem sets, quantitative analysis and report writing, problem solving in groups, individual and group presentations and end of semester unseen written examinations.

.

Ability to apply core economic theory and economic reasoning to applied 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 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 by means of problem sets, quantitative analysis and report writing, problem solving in groups, individual and group presentations and end of semester unseen written examinations.

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 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 by means of problem sets, quantitative analysis and report writing, problem solving in groups, individual and group presentations and end of semester unseen written examinations.

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 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 by means of problem sets, quantitative analysis and report writing, problem solving in groups, individual and group presentations and end of semester unseen written examinations.

Understanding of verbal, graphical, mathematical and econometric representation of economic ideas and analysis, including the relationship between them. Also relevant might be appropriate techniques to enable manipulation, treatment and interpretation of the relevant statistical data.

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 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 by means of problem sets, quantitative analysis and report writing, problem solving in groups, individual and group presentations and end of semester unseen written examinations.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

From learning economic principles, the typical student acquires a facility with some key concepts that are present in most of the decision problems These include: opportunity cost, incentives, equilibrium, disequilibrium and stability, strategic thinking 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 %

Mathematics for Economists

ECO1004

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Statistical Methods

ECO1003

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

Introduction to Econometrics

ECO2008

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

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%

Applied Econometrics

ECO3015

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Economics of Networks and Institutions

ECO3032

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Managerial Economics

ECO2009

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

International Macroeconomics

ECO3031

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Applied Economics

ECO1008

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Principles of Economics

ECO1001

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

Price Theory

ECO1002

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Economic Growth

ECO2001

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Macroeconomic Policy

ECO2003

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Game Theory

ECO2011

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Industrial Organisation

ECO2012

2

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%

Economics Dissertation

ECO3021

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets

ECO1012

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

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