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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Economics (2014 entry)

Academic Year: 2016/17

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Business and Economics
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BSc / BSc+DPS / BSc+DIntS
Programme title Economics
Programme code ECUB04
Length of programme The duration of the programme is either six semesters or six semesters plus one academic year if candidates select one of the available part I streams. The third academic year (Part I) occurs between Part B and Part C. Permission to transfer to the eight semester programme will be at the discretion of the Programme Director (Economics). See Programme Structure for further details of eight semester streams.
UCAS code L100
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/departments/business-economics/economics/

Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 10 Aug 2016 16:16:28 BST

1. Programme Aims

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Know and understand the core of economic theory and applied economics.
  • Know and understand the behaviour of firms and consumers in the national and international economy.
  • Discuss in an informed manner the major policy directions and regulations for the implementation of economic policy.
  • Know and understand the nature of incentives in economic decision making by agents in the economy.
  • Evaluate the outcomes of market and policy changes in all spheres of the economy.
  • To provide specialised training in the aspects of economics relevant to the international economy including trade, finance and development.
  • To provide training in the principles of economics and their application.
  • To stimulate students intellectually through the study of economics and to lead them to appreciate its application to a range of problems and its relevance in a variety of contexts.
  • To provide a firm foundation of knowledge about the workings of the economy and to develop the relevant skills for the constructive use of that knowledge in a range of settings.
  • To develop in students the ability to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired to the solution of theoretical and applied problems in economics.
  • To equip students with appropriate tools of analysis to tackle issues and problems of economic policy.
  • To develop in students, through the study of economics, a range of transferable skills that will be of value in employment and self-employment.
  • To provide students with analytical skills and an ability to develop simplifying frameworks for studying the real world.
  • To develop in students the ability to appreciate what would be an appropriate level of abstraction for a range of economic issues.
  • To provide students with the knowledge and skill base, from which they can proceed to further studies in economics, related areas or in multi-disciplinary areas that involve economics.
  • To generate in students an appreciation of the economic dimension of wider social and political issues.

 

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

    1. QAA Subject Benchmark Statements: Economics.
    2. Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.
    3. International links with a network of eleven European Universities within the Erasmus exchange programme.
    4. University Learning and Teaching Strategy.
    5. Departmental learning and teaching policies.
    6. Links, both formal and informal, with external examiners.
    7. Staff research specialisms and professional involvement in the discipline.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

K1.  A coherent core of economic principles. The understanding of these might be verbal, graphical or mathematical.

     These principles will cover the microeconomic issues of decision and choice, the production and exchange of goods, the interdependency of markets, and economic welfare. They also include macroeconomic issues, such as employment, national income, the balance of payments and the distribution of income, inflation, growth and business cycles, money and finance. The understanding should extend to economic policy at both the microeconomic and macroeconomic levels. In all these, students should show an understanding of analytical methods and model-based argument and should appreciate the existence of different methodological approaches.

K2.  Relevant quantitative methods and computing techniques. These are likely to cover mathematical and statistical methods, including econometrics. Students will have exposure to the use of such techniques on actual economic, financial or social data. A knowledge and appreciation of economic data, both quantitative and qualitative. Students should also have some knowledge of the appropriate methods that the economist might use to structure and analyse such data.

K3.  The applications of economics. Students should have the ability to apply a core of economic principles and reasoning to a variety of applied topics. They should also be aware of the economic principles that can be used to design, guide and interpret commercial, economic and social policy. As part of this, they should have the ability to discuss and analyse government policy and to assess the performance of the UK and other economies.

Specific applications to financial economics.  Students should have the ability to analyse financial markets and the industrial organization of firms.

The above implies that the attainments of students should be:

  • Ability to apply core economic theory and economic reasoning to applied topics.
  • Ability to relate differences in economic policy recommendations to differences in the theoretical and empirical features of the economic analysis, that underlies such recommendations.
  • Ability to discuss and analyse government policy and to assess the performance of the UK and other economies.
  • Understanding of verbal, graphical, mathematical and econometric representation of economic ideas and analysis, including the relationships between them.
  • Understanding of relevant mathematical and statistical techniques.
  • Understanding of analytical methods, both theory- and model-based.
  • Appreciation of the history and development of economic ideas and the differing methods of analysis that have been and are used by economists.
  • Understanding of the appropriate techniques to enable manipulation, treatment and interpretation of relevant statistical data.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

C1.  Abstraction. From the study of economic principles and models, students see how one can abstract the essential features of complex systems and provide a useable framework for evaluation and assessment of the effects of policy or other exogenous events. Through this, the typical student will acquire proficiency in how to simplify while still retaining relevance. This is an approach that they can then apply in other contexts, thereby becoming more effective problem-solvers and decision-makers.

C2.  Analysis, deduction and induction. Economic reasoning is highly deductive, and logical analysis is applied to assumption-based models. However, inductive reasoning is also important. The typical student will have been exposed to some or all of these and be able to use some of them. Such skills also enhance their problem-solving and decision-making ability.

C3.  Quantification and design. Data, and their effective organization, presentation and analysis, are important in economics. The typical student will have some familiarity with the principal sources of economic information and data relevant to industry, commerce and government, and have had practice in organising it and presenting it informatively. This skill is important at all stages in the decision-making process.

C4.  Framing. Through the study of economics, a student should learn how to decide what should be taken as given or fixed for the purposes of setting up and solving a problem, i.e. what the important 'parameters' are in constraining the solution to the problem. Learning to think about how and why these parameters might change encourages a student to place the economic problem in its broader social and political context. This `framing' skill is important in determining the decision-maker's ability to implement the solutions to problems.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

P1.  Construct economic models using verbal, diagrammatic, mathematical, statistical and econometric techniques and reasoning.

P2.  Access, search for and evaluate relevant data sources for validation of economic models

P3.  Apply and use specialised software including spreadsheets for the analysis of economic models.

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate the key skills of,

T1. Analysis and decision making.

T2. Communication, both written and verbal.

T3. Numeracy and computation.

T4. IT, information handling and retrieval, including library skills.

T5. Independent study and group work.

T6. Time management.

T7. Problem solving.

4. Programme structure

Students must have a total modular weighting of 120 credits per year.  This must include the compulsory modules.  The remaining optional modules may be chosen to give a 60:60 split over the two semesters, or alternatively, 50:70 or 70:50. 

The prefixes on module codes represent the credit levels as follows:

            A          level 4;             B          level 5;             C         level 6.       

Candidates following the Placement Stream are required to spend the third academic year undertaking professional training leading to the Diploma in Professional Studies, in accordance with Senate Regulation XI. 

Candidates following the Study Abroad Stream are required to spend the third academic year studying at an approved academic institution leading to the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) in accordance with Senate Regulation XI. 

Candidates following the Split Stream are required to spend six months of the third academic year undertaking professional training, and the other half of the third academic year studying at an approved academic institution.  This leads to the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) in accordance with Senate Regulation XI.

4.1       Part A - Economics Introductory Modules

MODULE TITLE Modular Weight
SEMESTER 1 and 2 COMPULSORY MODULES  
ECA001 Principles of Macroeconomics 20
ECA002 Principles of Microeconomics 20
ECA003 Data Analysis  20
ECA004 Quantitative Economics 20
SEMESTER 1 OPTIONAL MODULES (CHOOSE TWO)  
BSA505 Organisational Behaviour 10
BSA525 Introduction to Accounting 10
EUA620 The Contemporary World Arena 10
GYA004 Geographies of Global Economic Change 10
SSA001 Introduction to Sociology A 10
SSA201 Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy A 10
University Wide Languages Programme (see additional form) 10
SEMESTER 2 OPTIONAL MODULES (CHOOSE TWO)  
BSA025 Introduction to Law 10
BSA506 Management of Human Resources 10
BSA526 Accounting for Managers 10
EUA607 Introduction to Democratic Government 10
GYA104 Geographies of Identity  10
SSA002 Introduction to Sociology B 10
SSA202 Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy B 10
University Wide Languages Programme (see additional form) 10
Compulsory and optional modules must be taken such that the total modular weight for the year is 120 credits divided equally over each Semester, or split 70:50 or 50:70 over the two Semesters.

Please note: Optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.
 

 

2.2       Part B - Degree Modules    

MODULE TITLE Modular Weight
SEMESTER 1 and 2 COMPULSORY MODULES  
ECB001 Intermediate Macroeconomics   20
ECB002 Intermediate Microeconomics 20
ECB003 Introduction to Econometrics  20
SEMESTER 1 and 2 OPTIONAL MODULES  
ECB004 Introduction to Finance  20
ECB005 International Economic Relations 20
ECB015 Economics of the Financial System  20
ECB016 History of Economic Thought 20
ECB030 Energy and the Environment 20
SEMESTER 1 OPTIONAL MODULES  
BSB560 Principles of Marketing  10
BSB580 Operations Management 10
ECB136 Transport Economics 20
University Wide Languages Programme 10
SEMESTER 2 OPTIONAL MODULES  
BSB522 The Marketing Mix for Sport and Leisure 10
ECB035 Economics of the Welfare State  20
University Wide Languages Programme 10
Compulsory and optional modules must be taken such that the total modular weight for the year is 120 credits divided equally over each Semester, or split 70:50 or 50:70 over the two Semesters.

Please note: Optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.
 

 

4.3       Part I : Optional (8 semester programme only)           

Candidates pursue one of the following streams:

 

The duration of the programme is either six semesters or six semesters plus one academic year if candidates select one of the following three streams: 

Candidates following the Placement Stream are required to spend the third academic year undertaking professional training leading to the Diploma in Professional Studies, in accordance with Senate Regulation XI. 

Candidates following the Study Abroad Stream are required to spend the third academic year studying at an approved academic institution leading to the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) in accordance with Senate Regulation XI.

Candidates following the Split Stream are required to spend six months of the third academic year undertaking professional training, and the other half of the third academic year studying at an approved academic institution.  This leads to the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) in accordance with Senate Regulation XI. 

The third academic year (Part I) occurs between Part B and Part C.  Permission to transfer to the eight semester programme will be at the discretion of the Associate Dean (Teaching) for the School.

 

4.4       Part C - Degree Modules

MODULE TITLE Modular Weight
SEMESTER 2 COMPULSORY MODULE  
ECC142 Research and Communication Skills for Economists 20
COMPULSORY MODULES - You must choose at least two from the three listed:  
ECC001 Developments in Microeconomics (Semester 2) 20
ECC038 Applied Econometrics (Semesters 1 and 2) 20
ECC101 Developments in Macroeconomics (Semester 1) 20
SEMESTER 1 OPTIONAL MODULES  
ECC003 International Money and Finance 20
ECC004 Financial Economics and Asset Pricing 20
ECC031 International Trade  20
SEMESTER 2 OPTIONAL MODULES  
ECC005 Industrial Economics  20
ECC035 Central Banking and Financial Crises 20
ECC119 Development Economics 20
ECC141 Corporate Finance and Derivatives 20
Compulsory and optional modules must be taken such that the total modular weight for the year is 120 credits divided equally over each Semester.

Please note: Optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.
 
 

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 Criteria for Progression

In order to progress from Part A to Part B and from Part B to C and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX.

A Diploma in Professional Studies will be awarded to students who have satisfactorily completed the programme of study required for Part I.

5.2 Reassessment

Candidates must accumulate at least 60 credits in a Part of a Programme in order to be eligible for reassessment in the relevant Part during the University’s Special Assessment Period.         

If a student registers to resit a module, they will be required to resit all failed components of that module (ie if their coursework mark was less than 40% they must resit the coursework and if their exam mark was less than 40% they must resit the exam).  If a student resits the coursework element of a module and there was more than 1 coursework assignment for that module, then the student would be required to resit all coursework assignments in which they achieved a mark below 40%.  Marks for elements of a module not being re-sat will be carried forward.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidates' final degree classification will be determined on the basis of performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C in accordance with the scheme set out in Regulation XX of the University Regulations.  The average percentage marks for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 30% : Part C 70% to determine the final Programme Mark.

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