Bachelor of Economics with Honours

Why study the Bachelor of Economics with Honours at UNE?

Students with above average grades are encouraged to undertake a fourth year of advance study in their specialised stream, leading to the degree of Bachelor of Economics with Honours.

Career Opportunities

This course provides a broad and flexible educational preparation for a range of professional, business-related careers in private and public enterprises. The range of career options depends on the major chosen, but given we offer a number of majors, students will be able to explore several career paths. Our recent graduates have held key positions in commercial and investment banks, economic advisors to the government, and management trainee across a range of industries.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

1 Year Full-time
Up to 2 years Part-time

FEES

CSP
International

2017 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 2, On Campus

Official Abbreviation BEc(Hons)
Course Type Bachelor Honours
CRICOS Code 016028A
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Course Duration
  • 1 Year Full-time
  • Up to 2 years Part-time
Fees CSP / International
Total Credit Points 48
How to Apply

All domestic students apply direct to UNE

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

1. A candidate shall have:

(a) fulfilled the requirements for the AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Economics at the University of New England; and

(b) completed units with an ECON and/or QM and/or GEPL prefix to the value of at least 24 credit points at 300 level; and

(c) passed units with an ECON and/or QM and/or GEPL prefix to the value of at least 36 credit points at 200 level or above at Credit level or better; or

2. fulfilled the requirements of an equivalent AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification and met requirements considered by the Head of School to be equivalent to those specified in Rule 1.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Advanced standing will not be granted for BUS491C.

Academic Colours

Peacock Blue (BCC 120)

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Bachelor of Economics with Honours in 2017.

Admission to Candidature

1. A candidate shall have:
(a) fulfilled the requirementsfor the AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Economics at the University of New England; and
(b) completed units with an ECON and/or QM and/or GEPL prefix to the value of at least 24 credit points at 300 level; and
(c) passed units with an ECON and/or QM and/or GEPL prefix to the value of at least 36 credit points at 200 level or above at Credit level or better; or
2. fulfilled the requirements of an equivalent AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification and met requirements considered by the Head of School to be equivalent to those specified in Rule 1.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.
Advanced standing will not be granted for BUS481C.

Period of Candidature

1. The period of candidature shall be:
(a) one year as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to two years as a part-time candidate.

2. Candidates who have been granted approval to complete the course requirements off-campus shall met such on-campus requirements as are specified in the UNE Business School Honours Handbook and approved by the Head of School on the recommendation of the course coordinator.

3. The Head of School, on the recommendation of the course coordinator, may specify conditions under which a full-time candidate may transfer to part-time candidature.

Suspensions and Extensions to Candidature

In exceptional circumstances, the course coordinator on the recommendation of the Head of School may vary the period of candidature by:
(a) granting a suspension of candidature for a period or periods totalling not more than 12 months and the period of such leave shall not be counted as part of the prescribed time of candidature; or
(b) extending the period of candidature for a period or periods totalling not more than 12 months.

Course Requirements

A candidate for the program shall complete advanced coursework units at 400-level to the value of 24 credit points in the relevant subject and a dissertation component with a value of 24 credit points in the relevant subject. The advanced coursework units can be selected from any unit offered by the University, as approved by the Course Coordinator, subject to candidates meeting overall course requirements and prerequisite and timetabling requirements for individual units.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outline in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 24 cps
Elective Units 24 cps
Total 48 cps

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Award of Degree

A candidate who meets the course requirements shall be awarded the Bachelor of Economics with Honours.

Classes of Honours

There shall be three classes of honours, namely Class I, Class II and Class III. Class II shall have two divisions. There shall be no re-examination.
The most distinguished candidate who has been awarded Honours, Class I, may, if of sufficient merit, be awarded a University Medal.

Where a candidate submits a research seminar or dissertation as part of the Honours program the candidate shall state generally in the preface of the work and specifically in the text as required the sources from which the information is derived and the extent to which the candidate has availed himself or herself of the work of others.

Calculation of Honours Result

The ratio of assessment components will equal the ratio of marks within the final grade. The calculation of results can be found in the individual School's Honours Handbook.

Dissertation

1. A candidate shall submit a dissertation embodying an original investigation on a topic approved by the course coordinator.

2. Depending on the topic under investigation, the approval of the relevant Ethics Committee must be sought if required.

3. The School, on the advice of the Course Coordinator, shall appoint a supervisor, who shall be a member of the teaching or research staff of the University or an associate of the University. The supervisor shall advise and supervise the candidate during the period of candidature.

4. Except with the permission of the School, on the recommendation of the supervisor, the dissertation shall not exceed 20,000 words of text, excluding appendices.

5. Where a candidate submits a research seminar or dissertation as part of the Honours program the candidate shall state generally in the Honours program the candidate shall state generally in the preface of the work and specifically in the text as required the sources from which the information is derived and the extent to which the candidate has availed himself or herself of the work of others.

6. Candidates shall be required to enrol in and complete the dissertation in two trimesters in the case of full-time candidature and in four trimesters in the case of part-time candidature.

Submission of Dissertation

Dissertations are due in the last week of the teaching period. Candidates must submit an electronic copy of the dissertation for examination. An electronic version of the dissertation, incorporating any changes suggested following examination, must also be submitted prior to a grade being awarded for the dissertation. The copies must be submitted to: The Coordinator - Minor Dissertations, UNE Business School. The supervisor's name should normally be included in the acknowledgements section of the dissertation.

Examination of Dissertation

The dissertation is examined by two examiners. The supervisor shall not act as an examiner. The supervisor must submit the names and contact details of the recommended examiners to the Coordinator - Minor Dissertations at least two weeks prior to submission of the dissertation for examination. A short statement should accompany the recommendation when an examiner is external indicating the qualifications of the recommended examiner and the reason why the recommended examiner is deemed appropriate to examine the dissertation.

The supervisor may consult with the candidate prior to the submission of the dissertation regarding a potential examiner, but the names of the examiners finally recommended by the supervisor to the Coordinator - Minor Dissertations should not be made available to the candidate.

The supervisor must provide a statement to the Coordinator - Minor Dissertations indicating that the dissertation is suitable for examination.

Examiners are normally expected to complete and return their report within FOUR (4) weeks of the dissertation being delivered. The Coordinator - Minor Dissertations will advise the supervisor of the outcome of the examination, along with a summary of examiners' reports as appropriate, indicating any amendments to be considered. Students need to consult with the supervisor and undertake any minor amendments to the satisfaction of the supervisor.

The supervisor is to send a note to the Coordinator - Minor Dissertations, that any amendments suggested by the examiners have been addressed to his or her satisfaction and that the result may be finalised. The Coordinator - Minor Dissertations will finalise the result and make a summary recommendation to the School Teaching and Learning Committee regarding:
(a) the grade to be awarded for the dissertation (Fail, Pass, Credit, Distinction or High Distinction);
(b) the percentage to be awarded for the dissertation;
(c) if amendments to the dissertation were made before the grade was finalised;
(d) whether the candidate should be allowed to revise and resubmit the dissertation for re-examination (a maximum grade of Pass and score of 50% shall be given for any re-submitted dissertation).

The School Teaching and Learning Committee shall make the final determination as to the outcome of the examination, based on the recommendation from the Coordinator - Minor Dissertations.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Procedures.

Course Aims

The Bachelor of Economics with Honours is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and skill necessary to either enhance their professional career prospects or to advance to higher degree studies. This degree program allows well-qualified Bachelor of Economics graduates to undertake a fourth year of study comprising a major research component and specialised subject areas.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. identify, coherently explain and synthesise disciplinary concepts to economic issues at an advanced level and demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods;
  2. apply critical economic reasoning and advanced analytical skills to complex problems, in order to make informed judgements and decisions;
  3. reflect on the nature and implications of assumptions and value judgements in economic analysis and policy;
  4. undertake an independent investigation of a research problem and write a scholarly dissertation describing the research; and
  5. demonstrate proficiency in information transfer in written and oral formats.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Students develop advanced knowledge in the areas of economics and econometrics through lectures, tutorials, readings, online activities, practical experience and interaction with unit coordinators. Knowledge will be assessed through a variety of assessment tasks such as assignments, examinations and report writing.

Communication Skills

Communication skills are essential in this course and students will develop both written and oral competency. These commication skills will be taught, practised and assessed in numerous activities inclduing written assignments, report writing based on professional workplace experience, oral presentations, in-class and online discussions.

Global Perspectives

This course emphasises the use and application of economic skills in regional, national and international contexts. A global perspective is important in understanding issues confronting economists in a continuously changing environment.

Information Literacy

Students will use various forms of media to obtain information and data for written assignments and other assessment tasks. Students will be able to use, critically analyse, interpret, construct and communicate economic and quantitative data, with an emphasis on economic decision making and policy applications.

Life-Long Learning

Lifelong learning skills are taught and practised in assessment tasks. The discipline knowledge, information literacy and problem solving skills obtained in this course equip students with the ability to understand, interpret and critically evaluate regional , national and international economic issues. Students have the opportunity to undertake independent research and gained experience in oral seminar presentations.

Problem Solving

Students will combine discipline knowledge with information literacy skills to develop their adeptness in being able to apply critical thinking to identify problems and to formulate solutions, particularly through the application of advanced discipline knowledge to real-world issues.

Social Responsibility

Students are taught numerous dimensions of social responsibility in relation to economic decision making. Students will be able to acknowledge and respect the viewpoints and ideas of others, behave ethically, and appreciate the importance of the environment and sustainability.

Team Work

Students will have worked collaboratively with a multidisciplinary group to achieve common goals, solve problems, contribute specialist knowledge and contribute to group performance.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply direct to UNE

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International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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