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Business Economics (Including Placement Year)

Course overview

(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Business Economics (Including Placement Year)
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Economics
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Business and Management
BA LN12
http://www.essex.ac.uk/students/exams-and-coursework/ppg/ug/default.aspx
03/05/2018

A-levels: BBB
GCSE: Mathematics C/4

IB: 30 points, including Standard Level Mathematics or Maths Studies grade 4, 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 C/4 or above or 4 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.

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

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 EC100-4-FY Economics for Business Core 30
02 BE400-4-FY Introduction to Management and Marketing Core 30
03 EC114-4-FY or BE300-4-FY Compulsory with Options 30
04 Option(s) from list Optional 30

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 EC202-5-FY Microeconomics (Intermediate) Compulsory 30
02 EC247-5-AU Financial Instruments and Capital Markets Compulsory 15
03 EC262-5-AU Economics of Organisational Management Compulsory 15
04 BE431-5-SP Business Strategy Compulsory 15
05 Option(s) from list Optional 30
06 Option from list Optional 15

Year Abroad/Placement - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 EC650-6-FY Placement Year Compulsory 120

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 EC831-6-FY Project: Economics Core 30
02 AS098-D-FY EC248-6-SP Compulsory 15
03 AS099-D-FY EC261-6-SP Compulsory 15
04 BE439-6-AU Business Ethics Compulsory 15
05 Option(s) from list Optional 30
06 Option from list Optional 15

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, business and finance.

To equip students with the practical skills relevant to understand and implement economic decisions by businesses and managers.

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

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

A1 Knowledge of fundamental economics, finance and business principles
A2 Knowledge of a range of applications in economics, financial economics and business. Understanding of the key developments in economics, financial economics and business research (research-led-teaching)
A3 Understanding of the relationships between economics, financial economics and business principles and real world applications of those principles
A4 Awareness of the significance of alternative economics and business approaches to economic and business analysis
A5 Knowledge of the methods used to analyse economic, financial and business issues
A6 Understanding how key concepts and issues in business economics are understood in a different academic and national context (Year Abroad only)
A7 Applying academic learning outcomes in a work-related context (Placement Year only)
Learning Methods: Outcomes A1-A5 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. Classes and preparation for lectures and classes, provide an opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the content of the modules. Preparation for term papers, tests, assignments and for examinations aids students in developing this knowledge and understanding. Students are expected to extend and enhance the knowledge and understanding they acquire from lectures and classes by regularly consulting library materials relating to the course.
Assessment Methods: Outcomes A1-A5 are assessed throughout the modules comprising the degree by means of written examinations and coursework

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Logically analyse particular problems in economics, financial economics and business studies and choose the most appropriate methods for their solution
B2 Exercise critical judgement in assessing different and competing economic and financial theories and business methods and appraising their merits
B3 Formulate a coherent economic/financial/business argument
B4 Construct reasoned, informed and concise descriptions and assessments of economics/financial/business ideas
Learning Methods: Skills B1-B4 are acquired and enhanced primarily through the work that students do for their modules, although lectures provide a means for teachers to demonstrate these skills through examples and applications.Student preparation involves the reading, interpretation and evaluation of the relevant material including the relevant literature. Teachers provide feedback on student work through comment and discussion. In addition, teachers engage students outside the classroom through office hours, appointments, and email.interest in learning. Classes and preparation for lectures and classes, provide an opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the content of the modules. Preparation for term papers, tests, assignments and for examinations aids students in developing this knowledge and understanding. Students are expected to extend and enhance the knowledge and understanding they acquire from lectures and classes by regularly consulting library materials relating to the course.
Assessment Methods: Skills B1-B4 are assessed throughout the modules comprising the degree by means of written examinations and coursework.

C: Practical skills

C1 Identify, select and gather information using relevant sources, including the library and online searches
C2 Organise ideas in a systematic and critical fashion
C3 Present and critically assess ideas and arguments coherently in writing
C4 Use and apply the right terminology and concepts in economics and business
Learning Methods: Skills C1-C4 are acquired and enhanced primarily through the work that students do for their modules. Lectures also provide a means of teachers demonstrating these skills through examples and applications
Assessment Methods: Skills C1-C4 are assessed throughout the modules comprising the degree by means of written examinations and coursework. Skills C1 and C2 are also informally assessed by student's preparation for each module.

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. Communicating ideas, information and arguments in oral and written form in Portuguese using the appropriate register and style.
D2 Production of a word-processed coursework. Development of web-skills. Numerical skills using Excel software
D3 Use of mathematical techniques to construct economic and financial models
D4 Application of economic/financial/business reasoning to address issues in those subjects
D5 Class material can involve group working in particular subjects
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-D6 through lectures, classes and individual advice from teachers. These skills are further developed as students pursue the learning activities associated with their modules. Students also have the opportunity to develop skills in working in groups through their participation in classes for modules, especially the applied ones.
Assessment Methods: Skills D1-D5 are assessed throughout the modules comprising the degree by means of examinations and coursework.


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.