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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Geography with Economics

Academic Year: 2018/19

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 Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

This programme is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG).

Final award BSc (Hons)/BSc (Hons) + DPS/DIntS
Programme title Geography with Economics
Programme code GYUB02
Length of programme The duration of the programme is normally six semesters (three years), or eight semesters (four years) for students who undertake professional training via an approved industrial/work placement or an academic year abroad (Part I).
UCAS code LL17 / LL18
Admissions criteria

BSc (Hons) - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/ll17

BSc (Hons) + DPS/DIntS - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/ll18

Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 05 Sep 2018 10:33:37 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • to provide students with an intellectually-stimulating environment within which they can develop knowledge, understanding and skills in both geography and economics;
  • to provide students with the opportunity to study a broad curriculum in both human and physical geography and in economics;
  • to achieve, through the student learning process, a progressive improvement in academic performance over the degree programme;
  • to enhance students’ career and employment prospects on graduating by developing a range of transferable skills embedded in the programme.

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

The Benchmark Statements for Geography and Economics

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:

  • the potential applications of concepts within a broader critical framework;
  • the main methodologies used in the analysis and interpretation of  data;
  • the idea of academic disciplines as dynamic, plural and contested; developed within the broader frameworks of the sciences and humanities;

and within the Geography portion of the programme: 

  • a range of environments, in the broadest sense, of environmental processes and the impacts of these processes on human activities and vice versa;
  • the ways in which representations and interpretations of the world are socially-constructed, and the forms of geographical difference;
  • the determinants of temporal and spatial variation in the physical, social, economic and political worlds; and the significance of spatial and temporal scale on physical processes, human processes and on their interactions;
  • past patterns of environmental and social changes, and of the processes and conditions that have determined those changes, and the implications for the future;

and within the Economics portion of the programme:

  • demonstrate the attributes of a graduate in terms of possessing transferable skills, and the ability to analyse fact and opinion based on the evaluation of evidence;
  • communicate knowledge and analysis in an effective and objective manner;
  • analyse issues of economic theory and policy using up-to-date models and techniques.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

  1. Develop a reflexive approach to learning. 
  2. Abstract and synthesise information.
  3. Assess the merits of contrasting theories, explanations and  arguments.
  4. Critically evaluate and interpret a range of evidence, including data and text.
  5. Undertake problem-solving and decision-making.
  6. Develop a reasoned argument.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

  1. Combine and interpret different types of evidence including data and text.
  2. Recognise and critically debate moral and ethical issues underpinning particular debates or enquiries.
  3. Employ a range of survey skills for the collection of qualitative and quantitative data and to use appropriate methods for the analysis of these data.
  4. Design and execute a piece of research and produce a report.

Additionally, within the Geography portion of the programme 

  1. Prepare effective maps and diagrams using a range of appropriate  technologies. 
  2. Undertake safe and effective field and laboratory work.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should show competence in:

  1. Verbal and written communication skills. 
  2. Numeracy and computational skills. 
  3. Field and laboratory skills. 
  4. Spatial awareness and observational skills. 
  5. IT and information handling and retrieval. 
  6. Independent study and group work. 
  7. Time management.

4. Programme structure

Candidates must take a total modular weight of 120 in each Part with a minimum modular weight of 50 in each semester, taking into account both compulsory and optional modules. Individual modules taught and assessed over both semesters with a modular weight of 10 may count against either semester 1 or semester 2, depending on the balance of other modular weights between semesters. Where the modular weight of a module taught and assessed over both semesters is 20, this shall be split equally between semesters. 

 

Due to timetabling constraints, not all option combinations may be available.

 

4.1   Part A - Introductory Modules

Semesters 1 and 2

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULES                            (total modular weight 50) 

 Economics

 Code

 Title

 Modular Weight

 ECA001

 Principles of Macroeconomics

 20

 ECA002

 Principles of Microeconomics

 20

 

 Geography

 Code

 Title

 Modular Weight

 GYA106

Tutorials

 10

Semester 1 

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULES                            (total modular weight 40) 

 Geography

 GYA004

 Geographies of Global Economic Change

 10

 GYA006

 Practising Geography – Residential Fieldcourse

 10

 GYA007

 Cartography, Digital Mapping and GIS

 10

 GYA101

 Earth System Science

 10

  

Semester 2 

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULES                          (total modular weight 30) 

 Geography

 GYA003

 Quantitative Methods in Geography

 10

 GYA104

 Geographies of Identity

 10

 GYA110

 Environmental Hazards: from mitigation to management

 10

  

4.2        Part B - Degree Modules 

Candidates must choose a combined modular weight of 80 from Geography modules over semesters 1 and 2, of which at least 40 must be from Group 1. Fieldcourse modules GYB328 and GYB901 in Group 2 are mutually exclusive. In addition, candidates should have a combined modular weight of 40 from Economics modules over semesters 1 and 2. 

Semesters 1 and 2 

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULE 

 Economics

 ECB016

 History of Economics Thought

 20

 (ii)        OPTIONAL MODULES 

 Economics

 ECB004

 Introduction to Financial Economics

 20

 ECB005

 International Economic Relations

 20

 ECB015

 Economics of the Financial System

 20

  

 Geography - Group 1

 GYB201

 Remote Sensing and GIS

 20

 GYB210

 Globalization

 20

 GYB220

 Geographies of Social Difference

 20

 GYB230

 Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

 20

 GYB240

 Environmental Systems and Resource Management

 20

 GYB327

 Geographical Research: Design and Practice (pre-requisite for the dissertation)

 20

 Semester 1

 (i)          OPTIONAL MODULES 

 Economics

 ECB136

 Transport Economics

 20

  

 Geography - Group 2

 GYB311

 River Ecology

 10

 GYB322

 Lake System Dynamics

 10

 GYB328

 Physical Geography Fieldcourse

 20

 GYB901

 Human Geography Fieldcourse

 20

 Semester 2 

(ii)          OPTIONAL MODULES 

 Economics

 ECB035

 The Economics of Social Issues

 20

  

 Geography - Group 2

 GYB110

 Sustainable Urban Geographies

 10

 GYB308

 Forest Ecology

 10

 GYB113

 Geographies of Culture, Media and Representation

 10

 GYB320

 Global Migration

 10

 GYB400

 Exploring the Ice Ages

 10

 4.3        Part I 

Four-year programme - Candidates on the 4-year programme undertaking professional training via an approved industrial/work placement will be registered on GYI004 alternatively during the year abroad, candidates may undertake an approved programme of study abroad as specified by, and subject to the approval of, the School of Social Sciences (GYI003).

 

4.4        Part C - Degree Modules 

Semesters 1 and 2 

(i)          OPTIONAL MODULES 

Candidates must choose 40 modular weights from Economics modules over semesters 1 and 2 from remaining modules of the same title, not taken at Part B. In addition, candidates must choose 80 modular weights from Geography modules over semesters 1 and 2. GYC400 and GYC401 (instances 1 & 2) are mutually exclusive, as are fieldcourse modules. 

 Economics

 ECC012

 Introduction to Financial Economics

 20

 ECC013

 International Economic Relations

 20

 ECC014

 Economics of the Financial System

 20

  

 Geography

 GYC400

 Dissertation

 30

 The modular weight of GYC400 may be split between semesters in the ratio of either 20:10 or 10:20 depending on the balance of other modular weights selected.

Semester 1 

(ii)          OPTIONAL MODULES 

 Economics

 ECC019

 Transport Economics

 20

  

 Geography

 GYC104

 Glacial Environments and Landscapes

 10

 GYC208

 Aeolian Processes and Landforms

 20

 GYC211

 Snow, Ice and Society

 10

 GYC212

 Globalised Urbanisation

 20

 GYC226

 Geographies of Work and Life

 10

 GYC308

 Global Cities Fieldcourse

 20

 GYC309

 Feminist Geographies of Home

 10

 GYC315

 Environmental Change and Ecological Response

 10

 GYC401

 Independent Geographical Essay (instance 1)

 20

 GYC904

 Island  Biogeography Fieldcourse

 20

 GYC905

 Livelihoods of the Global South Fieldcourse

 20

 GYC907

 Arctic Glaciers Fieldcourse

 20

 Semester 2

 (iii)          OPTIONAL MODULES 

 Economics

 ECC017

 Economics of Social Issues

 20

 

 Geography

 GYC107

 Regional Worlds

 20

 GYC108

 Climate and Society

 20

 GYC110

 GIS Modelling and Flood Risk Management

 10

 GYC200

 Conservation: Principles and Practice

 10

 GYC214

 Geographies of Children and Youth

 10

 GYC300

 River Dynamics and the Environment

 10

 GYC325

 Geographies of Transnational Mobility and Diaspora

 20

 GYC401

 Independent Geographical Essay (instance 2)

 20

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B, 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.

In accordance with Regulation XI, a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) will be awarded to candidates who have satisfactorily completed GYI004 in the programme of study required for Part I. 

In accordance with Regulation XI, a Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) will be awarded to candidates who have satisfactorily completed GYI003 in the programme of study required for Part I. 

Subject to the exception specified below, provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XX for candidates who have the right of re-assessment in any Part of the programme to undergo re-assessment in the University's Special Assessment Period (SAP). 

Candidates who have accumulated fewer than 60 credits in any Part of the programme may not undergo re-assessment in the University’s SAP. Re-assessment in the SAP will also not be available for certain modules and this is indicated in individual module specifications.

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 their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C. The percentage mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 40% : Part C 60% to determine the final programme percentage mark.

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