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BSc Economics and Accounting

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

BSc Economics and Accounting

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

Bachelor of Science in Economics

Programme Code

ECO-BSC-JS

UCAS Code

LN14

JACS Code

L100 (DESCR) 50

Criteria for Admissions

A Level Grades of ABB in any subject
GSCE Grade B in Mathematics

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Joint Honours Single

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

Accounting (2007)

Accreditations (PSRB)

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 01-03-17

Chartered Accountants Ireland

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 01-09-11

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 15-05-13

Association of Certified Chartered Accountants

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 01-06-13

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 year long placement or study abroad year.

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 and Accounting;

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

Develop students' knowledge and skills base in ways which 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;

Satisfy appropriate professional accreditation standards at the undergraduate level.

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, 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 teamworking 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 indirectly assessed through timetabled essays, tutorial portfolios (particularly for the Accounting modules) projects/reports and end of semester examinations.

Presentations and teamworking forms part of the continuous assessment element in 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, statistical and accounting techniques.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Acquisition of core knowledge is through students’ own study supported by lectures, tutorials, computer assisted learning packages, projects, group and individual problem-solving exercises, essays and directed reading. The core material for each module is presented in lectures. Learning is consolidated by means of weekly tutorials which are typically organised around topics for discussion or problem sets.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is designed to promote effective learning given the objectives of each module. At stage one, course work assessment for all modules is both summative and formative in stage 1. End of semester unseen written examinations assess students’ abilities to perform tasks in a time bound environment. At stages two and three, coursework is used for both summative and formative assessment with a view to encouraging sustained independent learning. Assessment is through end of semester unseen written examinations, problem sets, tutorial portfolios, case study analysis.

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, computer assisted learning packages, projects, group and individual problem-solving exercises, essays and directed reading. The core material for each module is presented in lectures. Learning is consolidated by means of weekly tutorials which are typically organised around topics for discussion or problem sets.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is designed to promote effective learning given the objectives of each module. At stage one, course work assessment for all modules is both summative and formative in stage 1. End of semester unseen written examinations assess students’ abilities to perform tasks in a time bound environment. At stages two and three, coursework is used for both summative and formative assessment with a view to encouraging sustained independent learning. Assessment is through end of semester unseen written examinations, problem sets, tutorial portfolios, case study analysis.

Understanding of verbal, graphical, mathematical and econometric representation of economic and accounting ideas and analysis.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Acquisition of core knowledge is through students’ own study supported by lectures, tutorials, computer assisted learning packages, projects, group and individual problem-solving exercises, essays and directed reading. The core material for each module is presented in lectures. Learning is consolidated by means of weekly tutorials which are typically organised around topics for discussion or problem sets.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is designed to promote effective learning given the objectives of each module. At stage one, course work assessment for all modules is both summative and formative in stage 1. End of semester unseen written examinations assess students’ abilities to perform tasks in a time bound environment. At stages two and three, coursework is used for both summative and formative assessment with a view to encouraging sustained independent learning. Assessment is through end of semester unseen written examinations, problem sets, tutorial portfolios, case study analysis.

Understanding of principles and practice in management and financial accounting

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Acquisition of core knowledge is through students’ own study supported by lectures, tutorials, computer assisted learning packages, projects, group and individual problem-solving exercises, essays and directed reading. The core material for each module is presented in lectures. Learning is consolidated by means of weekly tutorials which are typically organised around topics for discussion or problem sets.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is designed to promote effective learning given the objectives of each module. At stage one, course work assessment for all modules is both summative and formative in stage 1. End of semester unseen written examinations assess students’ abilities to perform tasks in a time bound environment. At stages two and three, coursework is used for both summative and formative assessment with a view to encouraging sustained independent learning. Assessment is through end of semester unseen written examinations, problem sets, tutorial portfolios, case study analysis.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

Students should acquire facility with some key concepts such as opportunity cost, incentives, equilibrium, strategic thinking and the relevance of marginal considerations. They should 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. Students should be able to prepare and interpret financial statements, analyses and projections and to analyse the operations of business. They should also be able to read and evaluate relevant literature in economics and accounting.

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 designed to promote effective learning given the objectives of each module. At stage one, course work assessment for all modules is both summative and formative in stage 1. End of semester unseen written examinations assess students’ abilities to perform tasks in a time bound environment. At stages two and three, coursework is used for both summative and formative assessment with a view to encouraging sustained independent learning. Assessment is through end of semester unseen written examinations, problem sets, tutorial portfolios, case study analysis.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Introductory Financial Accounting

ACC1001

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

25%

0%

75%

Financial Accounting

ACC2004

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

25%

0%

75%

Financial Decision Making

FIN2006

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

25%

0%

75%

Management Accounting

ACC2005

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

25%

0%

75%

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%

Financial Market Theory

FIN2008

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

25%

0%

75%

Advanced Financial Accounting

ACC3010

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

25%

0%

75%

Applied Econometrics

ECO3015

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Advanced Management Accounting

ACC3011

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

25%

0%

75%

Taxation

ACC3012

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

25%

0%

75%

Introductory Management Accounting

ACC1003

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

25%

0%

75%

Accounting Information Systems

ACC1004

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

Managerial Economics

ECO2009

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Introduction to Legal Study and Basic Contract Law

ACC1005

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

25%

0%

75%

Law of Business Organisations

ACC3024

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

25%

0%

75%

Principles of Economics

ECO1001

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

0%

30%

70%

Macroeconomic Policy and Performance

ECO2002

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Industrial Organisation

ECO2012

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Economics of Corporate Strategy

ECO3013

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

International Trade

ECO3014

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

Economic History

ECO3020

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

50%

0%

Notes