Name of Programme
BSc (Hons) Economics
Final Award
BSc (Econ) (Hons)
Location
Buckingham
Awarding Institution/Body
University Of Buckingham
Teaching Institution
University Of Buckingham
School of Study
School of Humanities and Social Sciences [Economics and International Studies]
Programme Code(s)
UBEF9SEC / Full Time / 2 Years and 1 Term
UBEF2SEC / Full Time / 2 Years
Professional Body Accreditation
N/A
Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement (SBS)
QAA SBS: Economics (2019);
Admission Criteria
A-level: BBB-BCC (or equivalent)
IB: 32-30 (or equivalent)
National Diploma: DMM
UCAS tariff: 112
Applicable Cohort(s)
September 2022
FHEQ Level
6
UCAS Code
L100
Summary of Programme
During the course of the programme, students are able to apply their developing theoretical and IT skills to the exploration of modern media practices; small group tutorials offer opportunities for rigorous discussion and debate in a familiar, informal and stimulating environment. The extremely international nature of the student body, and the uniquely personalised teaching conditions which Buckingham favours, offer once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to explore new ideas and to develop individual writing skills, always within the framework of a wide-ranging syllabus, permitting students to combine Economics with a range of free choice options.
Educational Aims of the Programme
The Economics Major aims to give students a good foundation in economic theory and its applications to real world situations. The programme combines this with a range of free choice modules, with a view to enabling students’ knowledge base in economics to underwrite their professional development, by familiarising them with a range of key journalistic principles and writing practices, and providing key IT skills.

Economics specific:
• Provide a coherent core of micro-economic and macro-economic principles, embracing both theory and (historical / contemporary) policy
• Give instruction in relevant quantitative methods and computational techniques.
• Instil knowledge and appreciation of economic data, both quantitative and qualitative.
• Enable students to consider how questions of political economy, commercial interest, ideology, representation and group/individual identity affect not just the media but their own major discipline
• Create opportunities for cross-fertilization between the study of economics as a globally-important discipline and the practice of writing analytically about business and financial affairs
• The ability to read, write, and speak the language of effective and thorough communication.
• Opportunities for rigorous discussion and debate, encouraged in a tutorial environment
• Competencies directly relating to employability:
- high-order conceptual, literacy, and communication skills
- intellectual skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation
Programme Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

To enable students to obtain knowledge and understanding of economics as defined above
1. Knowledge of how economies work and the factors that impinge on them.
2. Knowledge of relevant mathematical and statistical techniques.
3. Understanding of analytical methods, both theory- and model-based.
4. Ability to apply core economic theory and economic reasoning to applied topics.
5. Knowledge of the main structure of national and international media organisations, and understanding of their dynamism.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

1. Core syllabus and 2nd-year options covering/testing economic theory, policy, practice and historical contexts
2. Core syllabus covering/testing quantitative methods
3. Tutorial system allows analytical methods to be demonstrated, discussed and assimilated
4. 2nd-year options require application of core theory to a range of topics
5. Core syllabus covering/testing media infrastructures and their political significance

Assessment Strategy

Most courses are assessed mainly by a written three-hour examination. A student's performance in coursework plays a part in the assessment process, however, in many subjects. The 'normal' (though not invariable) situation is for coursework to comprise 20 per cent of the final mark and examination performance 80 per cent. The nature of the coursework varies. Sometimes it is a number of short essays and sometimes a more extended piece of work. There is also provision for one course in a student's programme to be assessed entirely by thesis if the relevant member of staff agrees to act as a supervisor.
Programme Outcomes

Cognitive Skills

1. Ability to discuss and analyse government policy and to assess the performance of the UK and other economies
2. Ability to relate differences in economic policy recommendations to differences in the theoretical and empirical features of the economic analysis, which underlie such recommendations
3. Ability to enable manipulation, treatment and interpretation of relevant statistical data
4. Intellectual analysis of media messaging and representation
5. Ability to draw upon and synthesise ideas from different disciplines
6. Ability to be creative and self-reflexive in carrying out project work in different media

Teaching/Learning Strategy

1. Second-year syllabus covering performance of different economies & developing subject-specific skills of abstraction, analysis, induction, and deduction
2. Problem-based learning adopted/encouraged in courses relating to economic policy analysis
3. Emphasis on practical applications of techniques for analysing and interpreting statistical data
4. The Flexible Option programme syllabus is delivered through analytical lectures and inter-active seminars.
5. Project work designed to allow students to choose agendas which complement their major discipline
6. Use of log-books to encourage self-reflexive practice

Assessment Strategy

Most courses are assessed mainly by a written three-hour examination. A student's performance in coursework plays a part in the assessment process, however, in many subjects. The 'normal' (though not invariable) situation is for coursework to comprise 20 per cent of the final mark and examination performance 80 per cent. The nature of the coursework varies. Sometimes it is a number of short essays and sometimes a more extended piece of work. There is also provision for one course in a student's programme to be assessed entirely by thesis if the relevant member of staff agrees to act as a supervisor.
Programme Outcomes

Practical/Transferable Skills

1. Strategic thinking
2. Application of concepts of opportunity cost and incentives to specific problems
3. Ability to discuss media concepts at an advanced level
4. Advanced communication skills
5. Ability to adapt to different media platforms
6. Ability to allow for expectations and surprises in economic decision-making
7. Formal manipulative and presentation skills required to deal with statistical data
8. Ability to plan and manage time effectively, individually and as part of a team
9. High level IT skills

Teaching/Learning Strategy

1. Emphasis on the role of opportunities, strategies, outcomes, information and motivation in the analysis of strategic actions
2. Examination of trade-offs in economic policy decisions; encouraging recognition and evaluation of how rules impact on incentives
3. Exposure to these issues to enhance potential effectiveness as decision-makers
4. Seminar and tutorial system encourages candidate’s interpretative and presentational skills
5. Setting frequent deadlines to encourage fluency and discipline

Assessment Strategy

Most courses are assessed mainly by a written three-hour examination. A student's performance in course work plays a part in the assessment process, however, in many subjects. The 'normal' (though not invariable) situation is for coursework to comprise 20 per cent of the final mark and examination performance 80 per cent. The nature of the coursework varies. Sometimes it is a number of short essays and sometimes a more extended piece of work. There is also provision for one course in a student's programme to be assessed entirely by thesis if the relevant member of staff agrees to act as a supervisor.
External Reference Points
• Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (Link);
• Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement(s) (Link)
Please note: 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 he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module can be found in the departmental or programme handbook. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.
Date of Production
Autumn 2019; Revised Summer 2022
Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee
Autumn 2019 ; Revised Summer 2022
Date approved by School Board of Study
Autumn 2019 ; Revised Summer 2022
Date approved by University Learning and Teaching Committee
Autumn 2019 ; Revised Summer 2022
Date of Annual Review
In line with the University Annual Monitoring Review process.

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURES

BSc (Hons) Economics

UBEF2SEC / Full Time / January Entry
Term 1
Winter
Principles of Microeconomics [L4/15U] (HUFPMIC)
Quantitative Methods 1 [L4/15U] (BUFQUM1)
Personal Effectiveness & Communication Skills [L4/15U] (BUFPECS)
Term 2
Spring
Principles of Macroeconomics [L4/15U] (HUFPMAC)
Quantitative Methods 2 [L5/15U] (BUFQUM2)
Accounting for Business [L4/15U] (BUFAC4B)
Preliminary 1 Examination
Term 3
Summer
Microeconomic Theory [L5/15U] (HUFMICT)
Macroeconomic Theory [L5/15U] (HUFMACT)
Mathematics for Economists [L5/15U] (HUFMATE)
Term 4
Autumn
Microeconomic Policy [L5/15U] (HUFMICP)
Macroeconomic Policy [L5/15U] (HUFMACP)
Econometrics [L5/15U] (HUFEMET)
Part 1 Examination
Term 5
Winter
History of Economic Thought [L6/15U] (HUFHOET)
Industrial Organisation and Strategy [L6/15U] (HUFIOAS)
Data Science For Economics [L5/15U] (HUFDSFE)
Part 2 Stage 1 Examination
Term 6
Spring
Economics of the Labour market [L6/15U] (HUFEOLM)
Welfare Economics [L6/15U] (HUFWEC6)
Issues in Developing Economies and the MENA region [L6/15U] (HUFIDEM)
Term 7
Summer
Energy Economics and Climate Change [L6/15U] (HUFEECC)
Dissertation (Economics ) [L6/30U] (HUFDISE)
Behavioural Economics [L6/15U] (HUFBEHE)
Term 8
Autumn
International Economics [L6/15U] (HUFIECN)
Dissertation (Economics ) [L6/30U] (HUFDISE)
(Continued)
Money, Banking and Financial Markets [L6/15U] (HUFMBFM)
Part 2 Stage 2 Examination


NOTE: A dissertation on an approved topic may be substituted for a written examination in ONE Part 2 elective with the approval of the lecturer concerned and the Head of Department.

 

BSc (Hons) Economics

UBEF9SEC / Full Time / September Entry
Term 1
Autumn
Principles of Macroeconomics [L4/15U] (HUFPMAC)
Quantitative Methods 1 [L4/15U] (BUFQUM1)
Preliminary 1 Examination
Term 2
Winter
Principles of Microeconomics [L4/15U] (HUFPMIC)
Personal Effectiveness & Communication Skills [L4/15U] (BUFPECS)
Term 3
Spring
Accounting for Business [L4/15U] (BUFAC4B)
Quantitative Methods 2 [L5/15U] (BUFQUM2)
Preliminary 2 Examination
Term 4
Summer
Microeconomic Theory [L5/15U] (HUFMICT)
Mathematics for Economists [L5/15U] (HUFMATE)
Macroeconomic Theory [L5/15U] (HUFMACT)
Term 5
Autumn
Microeconomic Policy [L5/15U] (HUFMICP)
Econometrics [L5/15U] (HUFEMET)
Macroeconomic Policy [L5/15U] (HUFMACP)
Part 1 Examination
Term 6
Winter
History of Economic Thought [L6/15U] (HUFHOET)
Industrial Organisation and Strategy [L6/15U] (HUFIOAS)
Data Science For Economics [L5/15U] (HUFDSFE)
Term 7
Spring
Economics of the Labour market [L6/15U] (HUFEOLM)
Welfare Economics [L6/15U] (HUFWEC6)
Issues in Developing Economies and the MENA region [L6/15U] (HUFIDEM)
Part 2 Stage 1 Examination
Term 8
Summer
Energy Economics and Climate Change [L6/15U] (HUFEECC)
Dissertation (Economics ) [L6/30U] (HUFDISE)
Behavioural Economics [L6/15U] (HUFBEHE)
Term 9
Autumn
International Economics [L6/15U] (HUFIECN)
Dissertation (Economics ) [L6/30U] (HUFDISE)
(Continued)
Money, Banking and Financial Markets [L6/15U] (HUFMBFM)
Part 2 Stage 2 Examination