BA (Hons) Economics

Bournemouth University
In Bournemouth

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The fields of accounting, finance and economics have developed considerably in recent years and today’s graduates are expected to have a range of skills that transfer into a business environment. As such our degrees have been designed to equip you with the knowledge you’ll need in any organisation, large or small.
Each of the courses in our accounting, finance and economics framework will give you vital core skills, as well as offering specialist options depending on the pathway you choose to pursue. All courses’ first year units are the same, allowing you the flexibility to transfer to another pathway at the end of the first year. This keeps your career options open and enables you to make more informed choices.
Being able to understand economics in a global context is an increasingly sought-after skill among businesses. With that in mind we've made our Economics degree exposes you to a broad set of economic specialisms, while ensuring you have extensive knowledge of fundamental aspects of economics study, including analytical skills, an understanding of economic systems and an appreciation of financial disciplines.
What's more if you opt to include the 30-week (minimum) placement as part of your course, you’ll gain invaluable workplace experience and can see how everything you’ve learned translates into the real world.
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Where and when

Starts Location
Fern Barrow, Talbot Campus, BH12 5BB, Dorset, England

What you'll learn on the course

Business and Management
Business Environment
IT risk
Accounting and Finance
Financial Training
Finance Economics
Learning Teaching
Business Environment

Course programme

Course details On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry. Year 1 Core units Economics for Accounting & Finance: You'll develop an understanding of the operation of markets, including the interaction between related markets along with an understanding of the impact of economic policies on business and society in the context of a global economy. Introduction to Accounting: This unit aims to provide you with a sound foundation in the fundamentals of accounting, together with a basic understanding of the regulatory framework. Professional Studies & Quantitative Techniques: You'll develop knowledge of the fundamental mathematical processes, techniques and ideas used in the collection, presentation, analysis and interpretation of data. Law for Accounting & Finance: This unit will embed the core legal principles and concepts within the legal environment for a graduate operating in the finance sector. Business Management: Providing you with an introduction to marketing, human resource management and organisational change in the context of business management in a global environment. Basic Statistical Techniques: By the end of this unit you'll be able to calculate a range of basic statistical techniques and interpret the results and perform various significance tests. Year 2 Core units Mathematics for Economists: This unit will extend your knowledge of the fundamental mathematical processes, techniques and ideas used in economic analysis. Micro-Economics: The unit aims to develop your intermediate level understanding of Microeconomic theory, enabling you to apply Microeconomic principles in the analysis of contemporary issues and problems. Money, Banking & Financial Services: This unit aims to provide a solid grounding in monetary economics and the financial system, seeking to provide a basis for understanding and analysing the working of financial markets. Econometric Techniques: This unit will extend your knowledge of the fundamental statistical processes, techniques and ideas used in the analysis and interpretation of economic data. Macro-Economics: The unit aims to develop your intermediate level understanding of Macroeconomic theory, enabling you to apply macroeconomic principles in the analysis of contemporary issues and problems. Industry, Region & Environment: The focus of this unit is on three inter-related specialist areas of economics: industrial organisation, regional development and the environment. Year 3 You may choose to complete an optional (minimum) 30-week work placement which can be carried out anywhere in the world. The placement year offers a chance to gain experience and make contacts for the future. Year 3/4 Core units Quantitative Economic Applications: This unit exposes you to economic data and to the varied quantitative approaches used in different specialist areas of economics. Global Markets, Development & Labour: The unit aims to develop you knowledge of economic theory and your ability to apply it to an inter-related set of specialist areas of economics: global markets, national labour markets and economic development. Macro-Economics: The unit aims to develop knowledge and the ability to critically analyse macroeconomic problems and issues in the context of the global economy. It seeks to provide you with the theoretical and empirical foundations to understand macroeconomic activity and policy in a global context. Research Study: The aim of the unit is to provide you with the opportunity to develop skills in conducting effectively a research project, and acquire specialist knowledge within an area relevant to your programme of study. Micro-Economics: The unit aims to develop your knowledge of the fundamental economic and quantitative techniques and your application to business, management and economics. Option units (choose one) Perspectives on Business Strategy: You'll gain insights into the differing perspectives used to develop and implement business strategy. Risk Modelling & Management: This unit aims to provide you with a significant awareness and understanding of risk within a modern business environment and the risk management processes necessary to control such risk. Financial Regulation: The unit provides insight and understanding into key financial regulatory theories, forms and rationale of regulation that are highly relevant to those seeking to operate within the financial services sector. Taxation: Economics & Policy: You'll discover an insight into the impact of taxation on the economy, ways of appraising taxes and consideration of alternative types of tax policies, resulting in a broad knowledge of taxation issues. Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year. Scheduled learning and teaching activities The emphasis of this course is in guided independent learning, which helps you develop into a self-motivated learner. When not attending lectures and seminars, you will be expected to read around the subject. Your typical week’s activities will include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments. The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during each year of this course. Year 1 – 20% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities Learning and teaching: 225 hours Independent learning: 975 hours Non-assessed learning and teaching: 19 hours Year 2 – 18% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities Learning and teaching: 217 hours Independent learning: 975 hours Non-assessed learning and teaching: 2 hours Year 3 (optional placement year) Year 4 - 16% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities Learning and teaching: 186 hours Independent learning: 1014 hours Non-assessed learning and teaching: 3 hours 42% of the course is assessed by coursework Year 1: 40% Year 2: 38% Year 3: 0% (optional placement year) Year 3/4: 48% Throughout the course you will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, but you will also undertake group work and written exams. Programme Specification Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used. Download the programme specification for BA (Hons) Economics. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

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