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Economics

Course overview

(Graduate Diploma) Graduate Diploma
Economics
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Economics
Colchester Campus
Graduate Diploma
Full-time
Economics
DIPLL10009
http://www.essex.ac.uk/students/exams-and-coursework/ppg/pgt/assess-rules.aspx
15/04/2017

A degree with an overall 2.2 in a discipline related to economics such as: Economics, Maths, Engineering, Finance, Physics or any other degree with a strong maths component.

The Degree should contain some economics components including Macroeconomics; Microeconomics or Econometrics.

IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.

External Examiners

Dr Roberto Bonilla Trejos
The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.

Key

Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Exit Award Status
Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits PG Diploma PG Certificate
01 EC201-6-FY Macroeconomics (Intermediate) Compulsory 30 Compulsory Optional
02 EC202-6-FY Microeconomics (Intermediate) Compulsory 30 Compulsory Optional
03 Option from departmental list Optional 15 Optional Optional
04 Option from departmental list Optional 15 Optional Optional
05 Option from departmental list Optional 15 Optional Optional
06 Option from departmental list Optional 15 Optional Optional

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

To provide students with a knowledge of economic principles and an awareness of their application relevant to the scheme of study.

To provide students with the necessary skills of the main analytical methods used in economics.

To establish an awareness of the integration of theory, data, and analysis.

To allow students through the study of economics to acquire critical, analytical and research skills, problem-solving skills and transferable skills.

To provide students with a foundation for further studies in economics.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 Knowledge of the fundamental principles of contemporary economics.
A2 Understanding of the application of economic reasoning to the study of relevant problems and policies
A3 Knowledge of the mathematical methods needed to articulate economic theory
A4 Knowledge of the empirical methods used for the analysis and evaluation of economic issues
Learning Methods: Outcomes A1-A4 are acquired through lectures, classes, and related coursework.
Lectures are used to present material - ideas, data and arguments - in a clear and structured manner.
Lectures are also used to stimulate students’‘ interest in learning economic research methods.
Classes, and preparation for classes, provide the opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the content of the courses.
Students are also assigned readings from textbooks, academic journal papers, unpublished research papers and on-line resources.
Assessment Methods: Outcomes A1-A6 are assessed throughout the courses comprising the degree by means of written examinations with optional term papers.

Outcomes A1 and A6 are also assessed in certain courses through written tests.

The MSc dissertation (with a maximum length of 10000 words) provides a further opportunity to assess outcomes A1-A6

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Analyse a specified economic problem and choose the most appropriate methods for its solution
B2 Assess the relative merits of a range of theories, techniques and tools needed to articulate arguments and policies
B3 Formulate an economic argument
B4 Construct reasoned, informed and concise descriptions and assessments of ideas in contemporary economics
B5 Knowledge of the empirical methods used for the analysis and evaluation of economic issues
Learning Methods: Skills B1-B5 are acquired and enhanced primarily through the work that students do for their courses, although lectures provide a means for teachers to demonstrate these skills through example.
Student preparation involves the reading, interpretation and evaluation of the economics literature, including texts and research papers, and the analysis of empirical evidence.
Teachers provide feedback on student work through comment and discussion.
In addition, teachers engage students outside the classroom through office hours, appointments, and email.
Assessment Methods: Skills B1-B5 are assessed throughout the courses comprising the degree by means of written examinations with optional term papers.

Skills B1 and B5 are also assessed in certain courses through written tests.

The MSc dissertation provides a further opportunity to assess skills B1-B5

C: Practical skills

C1 Identify, select and gather information using relevant sources, including the library and online searches
C2 Take notes and organise ideas in a systematic fashion
C3 Present economic and/or historical ideas and arguments coherently in writing.
C4 Use and apply economic terminology and concepts
Learning Methods: Skills C1-C4 are acquired and enhanced primarily through the work that students do for their courses.
Lectures also provide a means of teachers demonstrating these skills through example.
Assessment Methods: Skills C1-C5 are assessed throughout the courses comprising the degree by means of written examinations with optional term papers.
The dissertation also provides a further opportunity to assess skills C1-C5.

Skills C1 and C2 are also informally assessed by student's preparation for each course.

Skill C5 is also assessed in certain courses through written tests.

Skill C6 is assessed through the dissertation.

D: Key skills

D1 Communication in writing, using appropriate terminology and technical language: (a) the articulation of economic theories, (b) the description of economic evidence, (c) the critical assessment of economic arguments and policies
D3 Use of the mathematical techniques used to construct economic models and methods used to analyse economic data
D4 Application of economic reasoning to address problems involving a variety of economic phenomena
D6 Capacity to: (a) organise and implement a plan of independent study; (b) reflect on his or her own learning experience and adapt in response to feedback; and (c) recognise when he or she needs to learn more and appreciate the role of additional research
Learning Methods: Students are guided in acquiring skills D1, D3, D4 and D6 through lectures, classes and individual advice from teachers.
These skills are further developed as students pursue the learning activities associated with their courses.
Students also have the opportunity to develop skills in working in groups through their participation in classes for courses, especially the applied ones.
Assessment Methods: Skills D1-D4 are assessed throughout the courses comprising the degree by means of examinations with optional term papers or written tests.

The dissertation also provides a particular further means for an overall assessment of communication (D1), using IT (D2), problem-solving skills (D4), and self-learning (D6).


Note

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Should you have any questions about programme specifications, please contact Course Records, Quality and Academic Development; email: crt@essex.ac.uk.