BA (Hons) Finance and EconomicsBournemouth University
- Bachelor's degree
What you'll learn on the course
Business and Management
Accounting and Finance
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 and 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 Management Accounting: Providing you with the practical ability to deal with fundamental cost and management accounting issues. 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. Corporate Financial Management: This unit explores the dynamic and changing global environment in which financial management decisions are taken, and applies key principles and techniques to assist in corporate decision-making. 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. Advanced Academic English: If you don't have IELTS 7.0 or above you must complete this unit, which seeks to consolidate and refine the language and study skills required for effective academic performance at Honours Level in UK higher education. 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 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. Perspectives on Business Strategy: You'll gain insights into the differing perspectives used to develop and implement business strategy. 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. Investment management: You'll explore the current features of capital markets and savings products which will prepare you for business and personal investment. 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) Company Study: This unit will enhance your skills in both computerised and non-computerised information retrieval, analysis and presentation. 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. International Taxation: The aim of this unit is to provide a technically and academically challenging examination of the issues in international taxation faced by multinational corporations and individuals. Indirect Tax: You'll evaluate the application of VAT to specific business sectors in the UK and its interaction with the EU and overseas jurisdictions in the context of cross-border trade. Law of Personal Tax: The aims of this unit are to enable you to explore and critically evaluate opportunities for mitigating the impact of personal taxation on the decisions of individuals. Company Law: You'll extend your competence in the field of Company Law, and gain the necessary knowledge to apply Company Law at an advanced level. 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 /34 - 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. 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