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Undergraduate Programme Specification

BSc Economics (Major) with French

Academic Year 2021/22

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Programme Title BSc Economics (Major) with French Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)
Bachelor of Science
Programme Code ECO-BSC-MM UCAS Code L1R1 HECoS Code 100322 - French studies - 34
100450 - Economics - 66
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

Quality Code
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code

Higher Education Credit Framework for England
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/higher-education-credit-framework-for-england

Level 6

Subject Benchmark Statements
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/quality-code/qualifications-frameworks.pdf

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 may only undertake a second placement year or study abroad year with the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Education.

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

Foster a stimulating and supportive learning environment which promotes intellectual, professional and personal development

Encourage critical thinking, independent enquiry, and an international outlook

Develop students' skills base, leadership capacity and connections with practice in ways which will enhance their ability to make valuable contributions to the economy and society

Promote engagement with issues of ethics, responsibility and sustainability, and maintain respect for social and cultural differences, showing openness, fairness, and equality of opportunity in relation to selection, learning, assessment, and support

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 French with the necessary study skills and subject knowledge

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 French is spoken, and thereby to foster a lifelong interest in the language and the French-speaking world

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

critically evaluate information

apply logic and reasoning

pursue independent enquiry

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across modules and between stages. A combination of teaching methods are used to enhance these skills. Students are encouraged to evaluate information and think independently throughout their course, in lectures, small group tutorials, and interactive learning sessions.

Methods of Assessment

A combination of assessment methods including assignments, presentations, class tests and examinations are used to evaluate cognitive skills. Students are awarded marks for their ability to demonstrate critical thinking and originality.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

communicate ideas in both written and presentational forms

use ICT software effectively

work both independently and in groups

manage their own time and workloads effectively

engage with employers and practitioners

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development permeates teaching and learning throughout the degree programme. The teaching and learning environment is supportive of the need to assist students in developing and enhancing their communication, IT, team working and employability skills.
Students are introduced to computer software packages for use in a range of modules.

Methods of Assessment

Students are asked to prepare and deliver presentations, and structure and write assignments, which encourages them to improve their oral and written communication skills. These formats also give students experience of using a range of software, and allows them to advance their technical abilities. Some assessments are group based, which helps develop an awareness of how to work as a team, whilst others are individual based, which promotes time management skills.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

appreciate the importance of internationalisation

engage with issues around ethics, responsibility and sustainability

understand relevant mathematical and statistical techniques

understand analytical methods, both theory and model-based

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

apply core economic theory and economic reasoning to applied topics

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

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

understand 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. The international dimension to various issues are included in modules throughout the course, and concerns around ethics, responsibility and sustainability are embedded when discussing topics.

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 at all levels, relatively small language groups, enable the development of grammatical accuracy, range of vocabulary and idiom, and fluency. Language exercises include comprehension, resume, essay, prose and translation, and students complete a series of written exercises per semester. Oral classes develop spoken-language skills through the study of topics relating to contemporary France, often with a comparative focus. Assessment is by means of regular oral tests.

A placement in France allows students to develop their linguistic ability and their knowledge of the French-speaking world, and to develop intercultural awareness. Relevant discussion of the international and ethical aspects to any subject is also regarded as a positive.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

apply key concepts that are present in most decision problems, including opportunity cost, incentives, equilibrium, disequilibrium, stability, strategic thinking and the relevance of marginal considerations.

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%
French 1 FRH1101 1 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 45% 20% 35%
Intermediate French FRH1111 1 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 45% 20% 35%
Beginners French Studies (Post GCSE Level) FRH1121 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%
Economic Growth ECO2001 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Macroeconomic Policy and Performance ECO2002 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 40% 0% 60%
French 2 FRH2101 2 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 45% 20% 35%
Placement Preparation Module MGT2020 2 0 YES YES 23 weeks N YES 0% 100% 0%
Microeconomics of Markets ECO2024 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
QMS Placement Year - Economics with a Language ECO3333 3 120 YES YES 40 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%
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%
French 3 FRH3101 4 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 45% 20% 35%
International Economics ECO3036 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 75% 25% 0%
Environmental Economics ECO3037 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 25% 25% 50%
Contemporary Economic Issues ECO3038 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%

Notes

The Language module option depends on the student's previous study in French FRH1101 is for those with A-Level French FRH1111 is for those with AS-level French Grade B or equivalent FRH1121 is for those who have GCSE Grade B or equivalent in any modern language