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Programme Specification for the 2024/5 academic year

BSc (Hons) Business Economics with Year Abroad

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBSc (Hons) Business Economics with Year Abroad Programme codeUFS4SBESBE31
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2024/5
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

The objective of BSc Business Economics is to provide you with a theoretical and practical understanding of the economic decisions faced by business and its managers, as well as the ability to analyse the economic and social environment in which these decisions are taken. The programme combines the development of key skills in economics, accounting and management with the application of these skills to the solution of many interacting problems that face business managers. It is a very flexible degree programme that will appeal if you are aiming for a career in business. This programme is recommended if you wish to study economics but don’t want a high mathematical content in your degree programme.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To provide an education intended to give students competence in economics, statistics and econometrics.
2. To equip students with a knowledge of economic and accounting principles.
3. To provide students with a conceptual framework which can be employed by them to make and analyse economic and financial decisions.
4. To provide core competence in economics, business and accounting along with appropriate quantitative skills to develop analytical skills necessary to evaluate decision-making in a business -orientated environment.
5. To inform the education by research and contemporary events.
6. To develop this education in a supportive environment where students are encouraged to develop confidence in the theory and application of economics to business-related issues.
7. To provide students with the opportunity to learn and work in a foreign country; and to enhance their appreciation of a different social, educational and professional culture from their own.

4. Programme Structure

Your Business Economics with Year Abroad programme is a four year programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 6 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme is divided into four ‘Stages’. Each Stage is normally 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.

5. Programme Modules

 

At the point of application or shortly after enrolling students may select a four-year version of this programme. We offer “with Year Abroad”, or “with Industrial Experience” variants. In these cases Stage 3 becomes Stage 4, and Stage 3 is replaced with 120 credits of alternative work and assessment.

 

Students take the modules BUS1908 and BSD2005 in their first and second year as preparation for their year abroad. Students will then be enrolled on the module BUS3000 for their year abroad. This module brings together credits taken at a partner institution and/or the results from the work abroad placement assignment.  

 

To be permitted to undertake study at a European partner institution, students are expected to have a credit weighted average of 50% in Year 1 and must have completed BUS1908 in Year 1 and BSD2005 in Year 2 as preparation for a year abroad. To be permitted to undertake study at an International (non-European) partner institution, students are expected to have a credit weighted average of 60% in Year 1 and must have completed BUS1908 in Year 1 and BSD2005 in Year 2 as preparation for a year abroad. To be permitted to undertake a work placement, students are expected to have a credit weighted average in Year 1 of 50% (for European placements) or 60% (for International work placements) and must have completed BUS1908 in Year 1 and BSD2005 in Year 2 as preparation for a year abroad.

 

Note: Students will not be penalised if they do not attend BUS1908 in Year 1.

Stage 1


Compulsory Modules

(A) Students who have achieved a Grade B or above at A-Level Mathematics (or equivalent) may apply to take BEE1024 Mathematics for Economists, BEE1036 Economics I AND BEE1037 Economics II instead of BEE1029 Economics Principles with the permission of the Programme Director. BEE1036 and BEE1037 will be non-condonable.
(B) This module is only compulsory for students who do not have a Grade B or above at A-Level Mathematics (or equivalent).

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEE1029 Economic Principles (A)30Yes
BEE1025 Statistics for Business and Management 15No
BEM1023 Discovering Management 30No
BEE1035 Basic Quantitative Methods (B)15No
BUS1908 Preparation for WYA With Year Abroad 0No

Optional Modules

30 or 45 credits of optional modules

Stage 2


*BEM1024 is equivalent to BEE1025 for students transferring to this programme at stage two*.

Compulsory Modules

(C) This is a compulsory second-year module.  However, students who have passed BEE1036 Economics I, BEE1037 Economics II and BEE1024 Mathematics for Economists may do BEE2025 Microeconomics II and BEE2026 Macroeconomics II with the permission of the Programme Director.
Note: BEM1024 is equivalent to BEE1025 for students transferring to this programme at Stage 2.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEE2038 Intermediate Microeconomics (C)15Yes
BEE2039 Intermediate Macroeconomics (C)15Yes
BSD2005 Preparation for 'with Year Abroad' 0No

Optional Modules

90 credits of optional modules

Stage 3


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BUS3000A Year Abroad (Study and Work Placement) or120Yes
BUS3000B Year Abroad (Study) or120Yes
BUS3000C Year Abroad (Work Placement) 120Yes

Stage 4


Optional Modules

120 credits of optional modules. 30 out of 120 credits should be Economics BEE3*** (level 3) modules. (Not to include BUS3001 if you decide to take this module).


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. A knowledge of basic principles of economics, at both the micro and macro level
2. A knowledge of basic principles of management
3. An appreciation of how economic concepts can be used to understand the environment in which business operates.
4. An ability to apply economic concepts and models to solve economic and business-related problems including applying skills such as analytical ability (eg deduction), the appropriate degree of abstraction and effective communication of ideas.
5. An ability to understand and apply basic skills in management concepts.

  1.  This ILO is addressed by BEE1029. 
  2. This ILO is addressed by BEM1023
  3. This ILO is addressed through the modules BEE2038.. 
  4. This ILO is addressed through the module, BEE2038. Application of these theories to economic problems are also tested in other optional economic modules taken throughout the programme.
  5. BEM1023 which will provide students with the basic grounding in management. Application of this knowledge will be tested in both these modules and optional accounting and management modules taken throughout the programme 
  1. BEE1029 is assessed through a midterm, group work, written examinations at the end of each term as well as online exercises throughout the module. 
  2. BEM1023 is assessed through a group report, including both a written report and presentation elements.  
  3. BEE2038 will be assessed through, online exercises as well as written examinations at the end of each term.   
  4. The assessment of this ILO is the same as those for 3. The assessment of economic applications will vary according to optional module choices made. 
  5. The assessment of this ILO is the same as number 2.  The assessment of management applications will vary based on optional module choices made.  

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:

6. The ability to acquire and use data from a range of sources, both verbal and numerical.
7. The ability to evaluate evidence critically and synthesise a range of information.
8. The ability to describe, evaluate and apply a variety of appropriate approaches to, and techniques of, analysing and presenting information.

ILOs 6-7 will be delivered through the modules BEE1025 and ILO 8 is addressed by  BEE1029. Both modules provide students with hands-on practice with Excel and Minitab software with a variety of data types and statistical models.

The assessment of BEE1025 is through written examinations at the end of the term and midterm.

 

BEE1029 is assessed through a midterm, group work, written examinations at the end of each term, as well as online exercises throughout the module

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:

9. Confident communicator: Able to adapt and adjust both written and verbal communication styles, to meet the needs of diverse audiences.
10. Innovative problem-solver: Able to confidently explore challenges from different perspectives, to creatively offer practical and timely solutions.
11. Proactive collaborator: Able to actively build strong working relationships with others to have positive outcomes.
12. Digitally fluent: Able to embrace a variety of digital technologies to critically source, process and communicate information.
13. Resilient self-advocate: Able to develop self-awareness through a commitment to learning from experiences and taking responsibility for personal growth.
14. Critical thinker: Able to proactively analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources to draw independent and well-founded conclusions
15. Globally engaged: Able to recognise diverse individual and cultural perspectives, in order to communicate on interconnected world issues and sustainable decisions.

9 BEE1025, BEE1029, BEE1035, BEE2038 and BEE2039 require students to write assignments  and use online discussion platforms to communicate their ideas.

 

10 BEE1025, BEE1029, BEE1035, BEE2038 and BEE2039 asks students to apply knowledge to problems and case studies.

 

11 BEE1029 and BEM1023 asks students to engage in group work and write individual learning journals for group assignments.

 

12 BEE1025, BEE1029, BEE1035, BEE2038 and BEE2039 requires students to use a virtual learning environment and Microsoft packages for coursework.

 

13 BEE1025, BEE1029, BEE1035, BEE2038 and BEE2039 require students to undertake independent study, use both formative and summative feedback on coursework to inform exam preparation.

 

14 BEE1029, BEM1023, BEE2038 and BEE2039 instructs students to carry out individual research, analyse data and either write or present their findings.

 

15 BEE1029, BEM1023, BEE2038 and BEE2039 require students to engage with class teaching activities, group activities and work with students from various countries.

9-15.  In BEE1025, BEE1029, BEE1035, BEE2038 and BEE2039 students are assessed using either course work, data projects, presentations, group work and exams.

7. Programme Regulations

UG Programmes: Assessment at stage one does not contribute to the summative classification of the award. The award will normally be based on the degree mark formed from the credit weighted average marks for stages 2 and 3 combined in the ratio 1:2 respectively. For the four-year WYA/WIE variants, it is stages 2, 3, and 4, with the ratio of 4:2:8.

Classification

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.

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

10. Admissions Criteria

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

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

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

University of Exeter Business School (UEBS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

BSc (Hons) Business Economics with Year Abroad

19. UCAS Code

L112

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

480

ECTS credits

240

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Economics
[Honours] General business and management

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/12/2011

Date of last revision

14/05/2024