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Economics with Computing (Including Year Abroad)

Course overview

(BSc) Bachelor of Science
Economics with Computing (Including Year Abroad)
University of Essex
University of Essex
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree

A-levels: BBB
GCSE: Mathematics B/5

IB: 30 points, including Standard Level Mathematics or Maths Studies grade 5, if not taken at Higher Level. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Please note that Maths in the IB is not required if you have already achieved GCSE Maths at grade B/5 or above or 5 in IB Middle Years Maths.

Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are dependent on units studied. Advice can be provided on an individual basis. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

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

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College here.

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.


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

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 EC111-4-FY Introduction to Economics Core 30
02 EC114-4-FY Introduction to Quantitative Economics Compulsory 30
03 EC115-4-FY Methods of Economic Analysis Compulsory 30
04 CE151-4-AU Introduction to Programming Core 15
05 CE152-4-SP Object-Oriented Programming Core 15
06 EC123-4-FY Career Skills in Economics Compulsory 0

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 EC201-5-FY Macroeconomics (Intermediate) Compulsory 30
02 EC202-5-FY Microeconomics (Intermediate) Compulsory 30
03 EC251-5-SP Mathematical Methods in Economics Compulsory 15
04 EC252-5-AU Introduction to Econometric Methods Compulsory 15
05 CE203-5-AU Application Programming Compulsory 15
06 CE204-5-SP Data Structures and Algorithms Compulsory 15
07 EC123-5-FY Career Skills in Economics Compulsory 0

Year Abroad/Placement - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 AW600-6-FY Compulsory 60

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 EC831-6-FY Project: Economics Compulsory 30
02 CE303-6-AU Advanced Programming Compulsory 15
03 CE306-6-SP Information Retrieval Compulsory 15
04 Option(s) from list Optional 30
05 Option(s) from list Optional 30
06 EC123-6-FY Career Skills in Economics Compulsory 0

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 an academic training in the principles of economics.

To enable students to acquire a broad understanding of computer science, whilst providing opportunities for them to develop expertise within particular areas of specialisation.

To provide students with an awareness of the quantitative methods appropriate for knowledge of economic principles and applied economics.

To foster in students an appreciation of the appropriate level of abstraction and simplification needed to explore a range of economic issues.

To equip students with the knowledge and skills that are currently in high demand in the computing industry and in the wider economy.

To encourage in students the acquisition of autonomous study skills and the adoption of an investigative approach to tackle problems.

To develop in students the ability to construct logical arguments, to communicate arguments clearly in writing, and to appreciate, evaluate and respond to potentially conflicting interpretations of economic phenomena.

To provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills constructively to one or more specialist areas of economics and the associated policies.

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 and allied disciplines.

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

A101 Understanding how key concepts and issues in Economics with Computing are understood in a different academic and national context (Year Abroad only)
Learning Methods: Lectures, workshops, labs, practical exercises, assignments and project work.
Assessment Methods: Coursework and exams.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Analyse a specified problem and choose the most suitable methods for its solution.
B2 Assess the relative merits of a range of theories, techniques and tools needed to articulate arguments and policies used in both economics and computer-based systems.
B3 Synthesise and interpret information from a range of sources (lectures, classes, journals, books, etc.) developing a critical evaluation of the importance and relevance of the sources to an area of study.
B4 Construct reasoned, informed and concise descriptions and assessments of economic ideas and computer-based systems.
Learning Methods: Lectures, workshops, group discussion and reflection, work experience, practical exercises, formative feedback.
Assessment Methods: Assessment is by coursework, practical assignments, portfolios, group projects, peer assessment, critical commentaries, and written examinations and, in some cases, oral presentations.
Achievement of intellectual/cognitive skills is assessed through marked assignments (especially B3 and B4), tests (especially B1), term papers (especially B2, B3, B4), project work (especially B1,B2, B3 and B4) and unseen closed-book examinations (especially B1, B3 and B4).

C: Practical skills

C1 Identify, select and gather information, using the relevant sources.
C2 Organise ideas in a systematic way.
C3 Present economic ideas and arguments coherently in writing.
C4 Use and apply economic terminology and concepts.
Learning Methods: Lectures, workshops, practical exercises, formative feedback.
Assessment Methods: Assessment is by coursework, practical assignments, portfolios, group projects, peer assessment, critical commentaries, and written examinations and, in some cases, oral presentations.

Achievement of practical skills C1, C2, C3 and C4 is assessed directly through marked assignments, tests, term papers, project work and unseen closed-book examinations.

D: Key skills

D1 Ability to express oneself in a clear, focused, relevant and effective way, both orally and in writing, using appropriate terminology and technical language as appropriate, including (a) the articulation of economic theories, (b) the description of economic evidence, (c) the critical assessment of economic arguments and policies
D2 Ability to use appropriate software and hardware to produce and present high quality editorial content and knowledge and understanding of quantitative methods and of how quantitative methods are applied in practice to analyse economic data
D3 Understanding of how economic reasoning is used to address problems involving opportunity cost, incentives, households' and firms' decision-making, strategic thinking, expectations and market outcomes in equilibrium and disequilibrium.
D4 Ability to apply knowledge and understanding to make judgements and address issues in these subject areas.
D5 Ability to engage in collaborative activities, work co-operatively in a variety of group contexts and respond constructively to criticism.
D6 Ability to take responsibility for one's own work and actions in individual and collective contexts, reflect on one's own performance and make constructive use of feedback in class and written comments on coursework and oral communication, recognise any individual needs for further learning and appreciate the role of additional research
Learning Methods: Lectures, workshops, group discussion and reflection, work experience, practical exercises, formative feedback.
Assessment Methods: Assessment is by coursework, practical assignments, portfolios, group projects, peer assessment, critical commentaries, and written examinations and, in some cases, oral presentations.

Skill C2 is assessed indirectly via assignments, term papers, projects and final examinations.


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