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BSc Economics with Spanish

Academic Year 2019/20

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Programme Title BSc Economics with Spanish Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)
Bachelor of Science in Economics
Programme Code ECO-BSC-MM UCAS Code L1R4 HECoS Code 100325
ATAS Clearance Required No
Mode of Study Full Time
Type of Programme Major Honours Length of Programme 4 Academic Year(s) Total Credits for Programme 480
Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Queen's Management School

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
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Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
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Economics (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 placement or study abroad year at the end of Stage 2.

Stage 3
Students will not be permitted to proceed to Stage 3 until they have successfully completed.a minimum of 9 months work or study placement in the host country

Students with protected characteristics

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

The programme aims 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 alongside language

Provide students who wish to pursue postgraduate studies in Economics with Spanish 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.

Enable students to develop advanced linguistic skills, which are informed by general language awareness, specialist financial intercultural competence and high levels of critical thinking.

Further students' knowledge of the cultures and societies in which Spanish is spoken, and thereby to foster a lifelong interest in the language and the Spanish-speaking world.

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 designed to promote effective learning given the objectives of each module. At level one, course work assessment is both 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. At levels two and three a blend of coursework and unseen, time bound end of year examinations is used for both summative and formative assessment with a view to encouraging sustained independent learning.

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.
Teamworking is developed through group projects.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is designed to promote effective learning given the objectives of each module. At level one, course work assessment is both 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. At levels two and three a blend of coursework and unseen, time bound end of year examinations is used for both summative and formative assessment with a view to encouraging sustained independent learning.

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 both 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. At levels two and three a blend of coursework and unseen, time bound end of year examinations is used for both summative and formative assessment with a view to encouraging sustained independent learning.

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 both 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. At levels two and three a blend of coursework and unseen, time bound end of year examinations 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 both 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. At levels two and three a blend of coursework and unseen, time bound end of year examinations is used for both summative and formative assessment with a view to encouraging sustained independent learning.

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 both 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. At levels two and three a blend of coursework and unseen, time bound end of year examinations is used for both summative and formative assessment with a view to encouraging sustained independent learning.

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 both 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. At levels two and three a blend of coursework and unseen, time bound end of year examinations 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 both 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. At levels two and three a blend of coursework and unseen, time bound end of year examinations is used for both summative and formative assessment with a view to encouraging sustained independent learning.

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 both 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. At levels two and three a blend of coursework and unseen, time bound end of year examinations is used for both summative and formative assessment with a view to encouraging sustained independent learning.
With respect to the language component, a wide variety of language exercises are used in written- and spoken-language classes (presentations, debate, resume, essay, comprehension, grammar tests, prose, translation) and a range of language skills are developed and assessed. These include: knowledge and understanding of vocabulary, and of the structures and registers of language, translation skills, the structuring and development of arguments in Spanish; fluency and idiom; summary and synthesising skills; planning and composing oral presentations/exposes. Grammatical knowledge is under continuous review, and explanation, description and analysis of grammar forms an important part of language classes. Specialist language classes develop a detailed knowledge of commercial Spanish and the environment in which it is used. The use of Spanish as the primary medium of instruction and assessment also develops students’ communicative and receptive skills.

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 designed to promote effective learning given the objectives of each module. At level one, course work assessment is both 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. At levels two and three a blend of coursework and unseen, time bound end of year examinations is used for both summative and formative assessment with a view to encouraging sustained independent learning.

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 designed to promote effective learning given the objectives of each module. At level one, course work assessment is both 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. At levels two and three a blend of coursework and unseen, time bound end of year examinations is used for both summative and formative assessment with a view to encouraging sustained independent learning.

MODULE INFORMATION

Stages and Modules

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%
Spanish 1 SPA1101 1 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 45% 20% 35%
Intermediate Spanish SPA1111 1 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 45% 20% 35%
Spanish for Beginners SPA1121 1 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 45% 20% 35%
The Economy ECO1013 1 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 50% 0% 50%
Introduction to Econometrics ECO2008 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 40% 0% 60%
Managerial Economics ECO2009 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Economic Growth ECO2001 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 80% 20% 0%
Macroeconomic Theory and Policy ECO2003 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 40% 0% 60%
Spanish 2 SPA2101 2 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 45% 20% 35%
Placement Preparation Module MGT2020 2 0 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 0% 100% 0%
QMS Placement Year - Economics with a Language ECO3333 3 120 YES YES 30 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Public Economics ECO3012 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 30% 0% 70%
Labour Economics ECO3019 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Applied Econometrics ECO3015 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Economics of Networks and Institutions ECO3032 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 60% 0% 40%
International Macroeconomics ECO3031 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
International Trade ECO3014 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 30% 0% 70%
Economic History ECO3020 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 75% 25% 0%
Economics Dissertation ECO3021 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 80% 20% 0%
Spanish 3 SPA3101 4 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 45% 20% 35%

Notes

The Language option depends on the student's previous level of study. SPA1101 is for those who have A-Level Spanish SPA1111 is for those who have AS-level Spanish Grade B or equivalent SPA1121 is for those who have GCSE Grade B or equivalent in any modern language