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BSc Business Economics

Academic Year 2019/20

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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 HECoS Code 100450
ATAS Clearance Required No
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

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Queen's Management School

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
www.qaa.ac.uk

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
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Business and Management (2015)

Accreditations (PSRB)

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

Stages and Modules

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 100% 0% 0%
Financial Institutions and Markets FIN1001 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 25% 0% 75%
Organisational Behaviour MGT1009 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 60% 40% 0%
Quantitative Methods ECO1009 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 20% 0% 80%
The Economy ECO1013 1 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 50% 0% 50%
Financial Decision Making FIN2006 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 25% 0% 75%
Financial Market Theory FIN2008 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 25% 0% 75%
Operations Management MGT2005 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 40% 0% 60%
Managerial Economics ECO2009 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
International Business MGT2011 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Human Resource Management MGT2013 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 60% 40% 0%
Data Analysis and Optimisation ECO2023 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
Macroeconomic Policy and Performance ECO2002 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 40% 0% 60%
The Digital Business MGT2018 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Leading for Change MGT2019 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%
Innovation Management MGT3011 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 40% 0% 60%
Supply Chain Management MGT3013 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
International Macroeconomics ECO3031 3 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%
Consumer Behaviour MGT3027 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 30% 0% 70%
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%
Economics Dissertation ECO3021 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 80% 20% 0%
Business Start Up MGT3031 3 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%

Notes

Students must take ECO3013 plus at least 2 electives from Economics and up to 3 electives from Management