The BSc Economics provides in-depth coverage of the principles and techniques of Economics. Macro-economics deals with issues such as inflation, employment, taxation, interest rates, aggregate output, exchange rates, the balance of payments, economic growth and development. Micro-economics includes the economic behaviour of individuals, households and firms, with a logical analysis of variables such as supply, demand and prices. The degree opens up opportunities as a professional economist in government, banking and industry as well as more general business management and financial careers.BSc Economics And Management
The BSc Economics and Management is an ideal combination between the specialised field of Economics and the general fields of Business Management. As such the degree provides a broader spectrum of subjects and career opportunities within the world of Business, Banking, Finance and Government.
BSc (Econ) Sociology
The BSc (Econ) Sociology is a social science degree focused on different levels of social behaviour ranging from the individual and groups to organisations and broader societies in an historical context. The degree provides a foundation for careers in the Public and Private Sectors ranging from Government and Public Administration to Journalism, Marketing, Advertising, the Media and General Management.
BSc Information Systems And Management
The BSc Information Systems and Management provides an ideal combination of the dynamic fields of information systems and technology with the all-round management areas needed to succeed in the changing world of global business. The degree covers the use of information systems within business organisations as well as the rapidly developing technologies of computer hardware, software, networks, telecommunications and database management. The degree will give the graduate a positive advantage in all manner of organisations and business enterprises in the Private and Public Sectors.
The BSc Management covers a wide range of areas relevant to General Business Management within the context of a global economy. The degree opens up diverse career opportunities in Commerce, Industry, Services, Finance and Consulting within the Private and Public Sectors. The degree provides a strong foundation in economics and social sciences, with a number of specialist options in the Management field.
BSc Management With Law
The BSc Management with Law combines the essential elements of the BSc Management and the LLB Degrees, equipping one with both specialist legal skills and general management skills suitable for a wide range of career opportunities in the business, legal, financial and governmental fields. Students wish to enter the legal profession may select the additional Law subject Options and complete the further requirements of their professional legal associations.
BSc Accounting With Law
The BSc Accounting with Law combines the essential elements of the BSc accounting and finance and the LLB Degrees, equipping one with both specialist legal skills and accounting skills suitable for a wide range of career opportunities in the business, legal, financial and governmental fields. Students wish to enter the legal profession may select the additional Law subject Options and complete the further requirements of their professional legal associations.
The following Subject Syllabuses have been selected and adapted from the full University of London External Programme Prospectus, which should be referred to for further details.
Introduction to Economics Introduction:
The Economic Problem; production possibility frontiers, specialisation and trade, comparative advantage; Microeconomics: Theory of Consumer Behaviour, Theory of the Firm, Markets, Demand and Supply, Prices, Equilibrium, Competition, Monopoly, Factors Market, Market Structures; Macroeconomics: Aggregation, Closed and Open Economies, National Accounts, Balance of Payments, The Goods Market, Money and Banking, Exchange Rates, Income Determination, Prices, Inflation and Unemployment, Economic Structures, Government Policy, Fiscal Policy
Quantitative Methods A: Mathematics:
Simple algebra, equations, indices, powers and functions. Vectors, Matrices, Derivatives, Differentiation, Integration, Optimisation, Series, Sequences and Financial applications; B: Statistics: Data Collection, Descriptive Statistics, Distributions, Probability, Central Tendency and Dispersion. Sampling, Confidence Levels, Hypothesis Testing. Correlation and Regression. Computer Statistical Packages. Sampling Methods and Techniques.
Introduction to Sociology A:
Sociological Theory and Methods: Major sociological perspectives inc luding Marxism, Structural Functionalism, Weberian and other Interpretative approaches. Methodology. Theories of knowledge. Sociology as science. Positivism and Phenomenology. Major methods of social investigation.Relationships between Theory and Methods. Specialisation in one or more of the following:
B: Social Theory: Major Theories of Social Change in relation to Industrialisation / De-industrialisation, Modernisation, Convergence and Globalisation. The Family. Education. Religion. Secularisation. Urbanisation; Social Inequality; Sexual Inequality; Ethnicity, Class. Specialisation in one or more of the following: C Power: major theories in relation to the social bases of power holding; Theories of Patriarchy; Bureaucracy: Theories and Measurement Issues. Topics: Bureaucracy, Democracy, Pluralism and the State.
Elements of Accounting and Finance Financial Statements:
Balance Sheets, Income Statements, Cash Flow Statements preparation, use and interpretation of historical accounts and planned activities; Accounting Conventions: Nature, Purposes and Limitations; Limited Companies: Nature and Capital Structure; Accounting vs Economic concepts of income; Accounting Theory and Conceptual Frameworks: Perspectives, advantages and disadvantages; Planning and Control: Introduction to Budgeting, Long-range Planning and Investment Appraisal.
Principles of Banking Introduction:
Principles and processes of financial intermediation with particular reference to the operations of the UK based banking system as an exemplar. Banking operations examined as portfolio allocation preferences, with emphasis on the role of innovation and deregulation in the development of bank products and services; Introduction to the Financial System: Role of the Financial System, financial claims, national wealth, sector balance sheets, sector financial transactions; Financial Intermediation: The process, implications and rationale of intermediation, evolution of financial systems, recent developments, market structure and innovation; Retail Banking; Wholesale and International Banking; The Foreign Exchange Market; Euro-securities markets; Risk Management; Regulation of the Financial System; Development of Banking Systems; International Perspectives.
Introduction to Management:
Management and Organisations: Perspectives on the Organisation as a whole and groups and individuals within it. Structure and Power within Organisations. Management Roles including different levels of Planning and Decision Making. Managing Groups and Teams: Leadership, Communication and Motivation. Managing Change and Innovation; Management Functions: Introduction to the main functions of Marketing, Human Resources, Finance and Accounting, Production and Information Systems; The Organisational Environment: Government, Politics, Markets, Culture and Global Contexts; Management Thought: From Classical, Human Relations, Systems and Contingency Theories to Management and Change in the 21st Century. Ethics in Management.
Introduction to Information Systems Information Systems Concepts:
Notions of Information and Data, Capture of Information, storage and display. Systems ideas and applications to information handling. Role of Information Systems in Organisations and Use of Information by Managers. Small case studies of information systems within organisations. Technology Issues at National Policy Level; Information and Communications Technologies: Computer Hardware, Software and Development. Representation of Data in Computer Systems, files and databases. Operating software, applications packages and user written programmes. Telecommunications and the Internet. Introduction to programming concepts. Systems Development: The information systems development lifecycle feasibility, analysis, design, construction, changeover and operation. Introduction to structured development methodologies and prototyping. Data Modelling. Criteria for Success. End-user computing. Issues of the management of change. Submission of Practical Coursework: Introduction to software packages: spreadsheet, word processor, and database eg. Excell, Word and Access respectively. Analysis and design of small applications and mastery of the software. Coursework comprises 25% of the overall mark.