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Description

Programme Specification for the 2021/2 academic year

Cert HE International Year One in Mathematics with Business

1. Programme Details

Programme nameCert HE International Year One in Mathematics with Business Programme codeLDC1INTINT15
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2021/2
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award4 (Certificate)

2. Description of the Programme

The International Year One (IYO) Mathematics with Business has four distinct direct entry named pathways: Mathematics with Accounting, Mathematics with Management, Mathematics with Economics and Mathematics with Finance. Each student would study 60 credits of mathematics, 30 credits of business modules relevant to their pathway and 30 credits of academic English/study skills. This programme is intended for international students who need to improve both their academic English and their academic subject skills to the level required for entry to year two of the undergraduate degree.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

This programme runs in parallel with the first-year undergraduate programme at the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences and aims to help students progress seamlessly into their second and third years of undergraduate study by focusing both on academic content and English/Study Skills. A broad range of learning & teaching methods is used, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work in small teams and online support. Students are treated as partners in the learning process and should expect to be active contributors in seminars, tutorials and virtual learning environments. The learning environment is modern, purpose-built and provided with up-to-date virtual learning facilities to support the student. INTO University of Exeter provides a complete student experience with substantial one-on-one support, small class sizes and tailored learning.

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

The following tables describe the programme and constitute modules. Constitute modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the college website:

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/mathematics/

 

The International Year One in Mathematics with Businessprogramme is a one year programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 4 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme has one stage, which is equivalent to an academic year. The programme is also divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work. There are two 30 credit Mathematics modules, one 30 credit Academic English module and 30 credits of Business modules.

The programme leads to the award of a Certificate of Higher Education and students who meet the progression requirements set down by the University may progress to year 2 of the specific pathway undergraduate degree in CEMPS.

Stage 1


  • Mathematics with Finance
  • Mathematics with Accounting
  • Mathematics with Management
  • Mathematics with Economics 

Compulsory Modules

Stage 1: Mathematics with Finance

CODE TITLE CREDIT
INT0203 English Language Skills for Undergraduate Studies (M)   30
INT1201 Mathematical Structure 30
INT1202 Mathematical Methods 30
INT1204 Economics 1 15
INT1205 Economics 2 15

Stage 1: Mathematics with Accounting

CODE TITLE CREDIT
INT0203 English Language Skills for Undergraduate Studies (M)   30
INT1008 Introduction to Financial Accounting 15
INT1009 Introduction to Management Accounting 15
INT1201 Mathematical Structure 30
INT1202 Mathematical Methods 30

Stage 1: Mathematics with Management

 CODE  TITLE  CREDIT
 INT0203  English Language Skills for Undergraduate Studies (M)    30
 INT1005  Management Concepts and Practice  15
 INT1012  Fundamentals of Marketing  15
 INT1201  Mathematical Structures  30
 INT1202  Mathematical Methods  30

 Stage 1: Mathematics with Economics

CODE TITLE CREDIT
INT0203 English Language Skills for Undergraduate Studies (M)   30
INT1201 Mathematical Structures 30
INT1202 Mathematical Methods 30
INT1204 Economics 1 15
INT1205 Economics 2 15
CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
INT0203 English Language Skills for Undergraduate Studies 30Yes
INT1201 Mathematical Structures 30No
INT1202 Mathematical Methods 30No

Optional Modules

Please note: If students progress to year 2 of the BSc in Mathematics with Finance, students will have to take BEE1006 Introduction to Finance (15 credits) as an ‘option’ module in year 2.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
INT1005 Management Concepts and Practice 15No
INT1008 Introduction to Financial Accounting 15No
INT1009 Introduction to Management Accounting 15No
INT1012 Fundamentals of Marketing 15No
INT1204 Economics 1 15No
INT1205 Economics 2 15No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Use the terminology and conventions used in mathematics
2. Understand a range of fundamental concepts and techniques from calculus, vectors, analysis and algebra
3. Be aware of the breadth of topics that can be tackled by mathematics and the use of the key techniques in a range of applicable areas
4. Depending on Specialist Business modules, one of the following:
5. Understand issues relating to the financial management of business, together with the legal and social environment within which accounting operates.
6. Be aware of contemporary issues in management, such as the management of change, ethics and marketing.
7. Understand microeconomic theories and their application to the issues of consumption, production, markets and market failure.

Knowledge in (1-3) is primarily provided through formal lectures supported by regular problem sheets for students to tackle on their own. Lectures are reinforced by regular tutorial groups in which assistance with, and feedback on, problem sheets is given. Knowledge in business modules (4a-c) is developed through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, assigned reading & guided research and formative assessment.

Assessment Methods

Most knowledge is tested through formal examinations. Assessment of some

modules involves essays, project reports, oral presentations, multiple choice tests or computer based assessments.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

5. Think logically
6. Understand and construct mathematical proofs
7. Formulate, analyse and solve problems
8. Organise tasks into a structured form
9. Present mathematical material clearly, logically and accurately, both in writing and orally
10. Locate, extract and evaluate data from multiple sources, including the acknowledgment of such sources
11. Apply skills of academic writing appropriate for the particular Business specialisation, develop and justify structured and coherent arguments, evidence the ability to evaluate and interpret different assumptions and perspectives.

All these skills (5-9) are an essential part of the understanding of mathematics, are embedded throughout core elements of the programme and are intrinsic to good performance in the programme. They are developed through formal lectures, tutorials, coursework, computer practicals, use of IT and private study.

Skills (8-11) are further developed in the English module. A variety of activities and teaching methods will be employed, these include teacher-led group work, student presentations, seminars, set tasks and use of online resources.

All these skills are tested indirectly in various core elements of the programme, They are all assessed in part through written coursework and in part by unseen formal examinations. Skills (9-11) are directly assessed via oral presentation, listening and note-taking tasks, seminars and written tasks (including note-taking, summarising, paraphrasing and academic referencing) essays or project reports.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

12. Think independently, creatively and make sound judgements
13. Identify and solve complex problems confidently and flexibly
14. Use a range of IT tools effectively; access information from a range of sources and evaluate its validity
15. Interact effectively within a group
16. Manage yourself effectively, including independent learning, time-management, insightful reflection and evaluation, seeking and responding to feedback, taking responsibility
17. Communicate ideas accurately and reliably, using a wide and developing range of media

ILOs 12, 13 and 14 are developed through the process of acquiring subject knowledge and core academic skills (see A and B above).

ILO 15 is developed through group discussions and through working in groups in academic seminars and tutorials, including the planning and delivery of group presentations.

ILO 16 is developed as students progress through a programme that becomes gradually more self-managed. Independent and guided self-study, supported by electronic resources, form a major part of our learning and teaching methods.

ILO 17 is incorporated into all modules especially the English Language Skills for Undergraduate Study module.

ILOs 12-15 are assessed through module examinations, presentations and coursework.

ILO 16 is indirectly assessed: where modules require these skills it would be difficult to achieve a good mark and to progress without having developed them.

ILO 17 is explicitly assessed in the English Language Skills for Undergraduate Study module and is implicit in the assessment of other modular components.

7. Programme Regulations

The marking of modules and the classification of awards broadly corresponds to the following marks:

 

Distinction : 69.5% overall in academic content + 69.5% in Academic English

 

Merit: 59.5% overall in academic content + 59.5% in Academic English

 

Pass: 40-59%

 

Progression

Admission (or ‘progression’) to Year 2 at the University of Exeter is dependent on students meeting the requirements given to them in their conditional offer from the University of Exeter. These conditions have been approved by the University of Exeter’s Admissions Policy Group (APG) and can be found for the current admissions cycle: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/international/into/progression/

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic tutoring: It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you on individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

 

All INTO pathway students will be allocated a personal tutor and will normally retain the same tutor throughout their time at INTO. You will have a formal meeting with your personal tutor on a regular basis (at least once per semester). Personal tutors liaise with the Programme Manager, who takes responsibility for the programme as a whole and provides a second line of support to students.

 

Learning Resources

In addition to the centrally provided services detailed below, INTO University of Exeter also provides

-          Its own computer suites, and printing facilities

-          A staffed Learning Resources area

-          Students with specific physical and learning needs will have a support package put in place. We also liaise with AccessAbility, who can provide further information and resources. However, for International Students there may be cost implications for some support elements.

-          One-to-one language tutorials to support subject assignments.

-          Dedicated support for applications for further study.

-          Dedicated online resources on ELE for each programme and module

 

Each student will be issued with a Programme Handbook which contains information on:

 

Programme staff

Programme dates

Programme structure and modules

Attendance

Assessment, including submission and marking

Sickness, absence and mitigation procedures

Other general, important information

 

The Programme Handbook can be found here: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/international/into/current_students/

 

 

Other resources for the programme are published on Exeter Learning Environment (ELE)  http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/ where there are separate areas for each of the programme modules. Resources include:

 

Timetables

Course programmes / schedules

Coursework tasks, schedules and marking criteria

Past exam papers

Extra academic resources to support your studies

Links to useful web sites

 

 

Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students & staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/admin/staff/qualityassuranceandmonitoring/tqamanual/fullcontents/)

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

College entry – N/A

Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges review the quality and standard of teaching and learning in all taught programmes against a range of criteria through the procedures outlined in the Teaching Quality Assurance (TQA) Manual Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

INTO

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences (CEMPS)

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

Cert HE International Year One in Mathematics with Business

19. UCAS Code

N/A

20. NQF Level of Final Award

4 (Certificate)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

21/08/2017

Date of last revision

07/09/2021