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DEGREE IN ECONOMICS

Code:
 C153

Credits:
 240
 
Publication date:
 22/03/2012

Title:
 Undergraduate 3-5 years (ECTS)
 
Fee:
 16,37
 1st-registration credits
 

FIELD OF STUDY

Social and Legal Sciences

SYLLABUS

DEGREE IN ECONOMICS

TYPE OF EDUCATION

Face-to-face

LANGUAGE / S THAT IS OFFERED

Spanish

CENTRES WHERE IT IS TAUGHT

Faculty of Economics and Business

PROGRAMME JOINTLY SHARED WITH

Only taught at this university

EXAMINATION DATES

Enter the list of examination dates for this graduate programme.

SYLLABUS OFFERED

 

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FIRST YEAR
SECOND YEAR
THIRD YEAR
FOURTH YEAR
ROUTE 1
24 credits
 
 
Once this block is approved, you get
ROUTE 1: ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
ROUTE 2
24 credits
 
 
Once this block is approved, you get
ROUTE 2: PUBLIC ECONOMICS
ROUTE 3
24 credits
 
 
Once this block is approved, you get
ROUTE 3: INTERNATIONAL, REGIONAL AND URBAN ECONOMICS

 

AIMS


The fundamental aim of the Degree Course in Economics is to create professionals capable of undertaking management, assessment and evaluation tasks, in general economic matters. These tasks may be carried out in the private or public spheres, either in business or in other institutions of economic and social importance.

Graduates must understand the basic concepts and methodology required to analyse basic economic problems, applying a conceptual framework to the specific circumstances of economic agents, whether they be  individuals, businesses or institutions.

Accordingly, they must understand the function and consequences of economic systems, resource allocation alternatives, wealth accumulation and income distribution , and must be capable of contributing to the satisfactory functioning and improvement of these.

Graduates must be able to identify and anticipate relevant economic problems in each specific situation, to consider the alternative solutions, to select the best options in each case and to evaluate the subsequent results.

 

COMPETENCES


General Competences (CG)

  • CG1:Capacity to find and analyse information.
  • CG2:Capacity for team work.
  • CG3:Capacity for self-learning.
  • CG4:Apply professional criteria based on the use of technical instruments to analyse problems.
  • CG5:Capacity to take decisions by applying acquired knowledge to practical situations.
  • CG6:Obtain important information from the data that is impossible for non-professionals to recognise.
  • CG7:Ethical commitment and social responsibility at work, respecting the environment, being aware of and understanding the importance of a respect for human rights, equal opportunities for men and women, universal accessibility for the disabled and respect for the values of a peaceful culture with democratic values.
  • CG8:Analyse problems using critical reasoning, without prejudices, precisely and rigorously.
  • CG9:Capacity for synthesis.

General Competences acquired at University of Alicante (CGUA)

  • CGUA1:Read and communicate in a foreign language in a professional environment, especially in English.
  • CGUA2:Use computer, I.T. and communications technology tools as a matter of course in all of one's professional activities.
  • CGUA3:Capacity for oral and written communication.

Specific Competences (CE)

  • CE1:Contribute towards the correct management of resource allocation in both the private and public context.
  • CE2:Identify and anticipate relevant economic problems relating to resource allocation in general, in both the private and public context.
  • CE3:Bring a rational approach to the analysis and description of any aspect of economic reality.
  • CE4:Evaluate the consequences of different options for action and select the best one according to the objectives set.
  • CE5:Issue expert reports on specific economic situations (international, national or regional) or on sectors of the same.
  • CE6:Draft economic management projects at international, national or regional level.
  • CE7:Become involved in business management.
  • CE8:Identify the sources of relevant economic information and their content.
  • CE9:Understand economic institutions as the result and application of theoretical or formal representations of how the economy works.
  • CE10:Capacity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to solve theoretical and applied economic problems.
  • CE11:Analytical skills for developing theoretical frameworks that simplify study of the real economy and the capacity to set appropriate levels of abstraction when studying different economic questions.
  • CE12:Be able to use the appropriate tools for the analysis, diagnosis and solution of economic questions and problems.

 

 

STRUCTURE OF THE DEGREE COURSE - CREDITS

 

The Degree Course in Economics is organised into courses lasting six months, each worth 6 European ECTS credits.  Accordingly, students need to take 5 subjects each semester, in order to obtain 30 credits each semester and 60 credits per year, for a total of 240 credits over four years.

 

DISTRIBUTION OF CREDITS PER SUBJECT TYPE

 

TYPE OF SUBJECT

ECTS CREDITS

Core

60

Compulsory

138

Optional

36

Final Project

6

TOTAL

240

 

The course programme includes 60 core ECTS credits, all offered in the first year (five subjects per semester, each worth 6 ECTS). Of these 60 core credits, 48 are related to the branch of Social and Legal Sciences of which the Degree Course forms a part, and the remaining 12 correspond to basic Mathematics.

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE PROGRAMME

 

The proposed Economics Degree Course programme is structured into modules, grouping subjects from the same discipline. More specifically, the proposal consists of 10 modules containing core and compulsary subjects, optional subjects, optional work experience and the final project.

The modules comprising the programme are: Economic Analysis, Spanish and World Economy, Economic Policy and the Public Sector, the Business Environment, Mathematics, Statistics and Econometrics, World and Spanish Economic History and Economic Law. There is also a module covering optional work experience programmes and the Final Project. The Final Project, worth 6 ECTS credits, is undertaken during the second term of the last year of the degree course. Its aim is to evaluate the skills associated with the degree.


DESCRIPTION OF THE MODULES

 

ECONOMIC ANALYSIS

  • 60 credits, spread over 10 subjects each worth 6 credits. 18 core credits in the first year, 24 compulsory credits spread over the second and third years, and 18 optional credits.
  • Students are given basic theoretical and practical knowledge, to enable understanding and analysis of economic problems. They are also taught to use analytical reasoning to approach and solve economic problems.

SPANISH AND WORLD ECONOMY

  • 48 credits, spread over 8 subjects each worth 6 credits. 30 compulsory credits spread over the 2nd and 3rd years and 18 optional credits to be taken in the final year of the degree course.
  • Students are given in-depth knowledge of the Spanish, European and International economic situation.

ECONOMIC POLICY AND THE PUBLIC SECTOR

  • 42 credits, spread over 7 subjects each worth 6 credits. Of these, four are compulsory and are spread over the 2nd, 3rd and 4th years; the remaining three are optional and are taken in the 4th year.
  • Students are taught the major economic policies, studying and analysing the role of the public sector in the economy, public income policies and public spending programs.

BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

  • This module consists of a total of 42 credits spread over 7 half-yearly subjects. 12 core credits in the 1st year, 24 compulsory credits spread over the 2nd, 3rd and 4th years, and 6 optional credits in the final year of the degree course.
  • Students are introduced to the basic notions of Corporate Organisation, Marketing, Business Finances and Accounting. Students are taught to understand and analyse the corporate environment and how strategic decisions are designed. They also learn the skills necessary to analyse and interpret economic and financial information in a business context.

MATHEMATICS

  • 24 credits, spread over 4 subjects each worth 6 credits. 12 core credits given in the 1st year and 12 compulsory credits spread over the 2nd and 3rd years.
  • Students are taught how to use basic mathematical tools and apply them in an economic context.

STATISTICS AND ECONOMETRICS

  • 30 credits. 6 credits corresponding to a core subject scheduled for the 1st year, 18 compulsory credits spread over the 2nd and 3rd years, with 6 optional credits in the final year.
  • Students are taught how to understand basic quantitative tools used in economic diagnosis, analysis and prediction.

SPANISH AND WORLD ECONOMIC HISTORY

  • 18 credits, of which 6 core credits in History are taken in the 1st year, 6 compulsory credits in the 2nd year and 6 optional credits, taken in the final year of the degree course.
  • Students are shown the development of the major contemporary economies and the trajectory of the Spanish economy over the past two centuries. They are also offered a historical perspective of the development of the science of Economics.  

ECONOMIC LAW

  • 6 core credits, taken in the first year.
  • Students are introduced to the basic notions of civil and commercial law and introduced to the basic legislative elements that govern economic transactions.

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • 12 optional credits, taken in the 4th year.
  • Students obtain practical experience in business institutions or organisations, preparing them for their entry into the workplace.

FINAL PROJECT

  • 6 compulsory credits, taken in the 2nd half of the final year.
  • The project allows students to complete their acquisition of skills.
  • Requirements: Before evaluation for the final project, students must provide proof of their knowledge of a foreign language. Among other forms of accreditation, the University of Alicante requires that students should have attained at least the Common European Framework level B1 for modern languages; level B2 is recommended. The minimum level B1 is considered transitory and may be amended as required.
  • More information at: http://www.sri.ua.es/Aulas/ExamenesOficialesIntroduccion.asp

 

SPECIALISATION

 

Optional subjects have been grouped into three specialities, corresponding to the habitual professional profiles of Economics graduates. Accordingly, in their final year, students may choose a specialisation in order to obtain a professional profile which will increase their employment possibilities. These specialities are as follows: Economic Analysis, Public Economics and International, Regional and Urban Economics. Each consists of four optional subjects. To specialise, students must take the four subjects corresponding to a speciality. In order to make up their quota of optional subjects (36 credits), students may then choose freely from among the other subjects on offer. Students are also offered the possibility of undertaking work experience (12 credits) or participating in a range of cultural, sporting, student representation, charity and cooperation activities established by the University, for which they may obtain up to a maximum of 6 optional credits.


SPECIALITY

AIMS

SUBJECTS

ECONOMIC ANALYSIS

To allow students to study in greater depth subjects dealt with in previous years. Students acquire the skills to work in study services, consultancies and international institutions, or to concentrate on teaching and research.

  • Labour Economics
  • History of Economic Analysis
  • Economic Prediction Techniques
  • Economics of Development

PUBLIC ECONOMICS

Oriented towards public sector occupations. The Public Administrations and private companies closely linked to them offer employment to Economics Graduates.  An understanding of the public sector, regulations and public policies provides students with the knowledge and tools for greater success in their professional career.

  • Public Accounting
  • Public Economics
  • Analysis of Public Policies
  • Economics of Autonomous Regions and Local Treasuries

INTERNATIONAL, REGIONAL AND URBAN ECONOMICS

This module examines issues related to economic globalisation, development and international cooperation. It also deals with the environment, territorial planning and industrial and urban development. A deeper understanding of these matters complements the basic skills acquired during the earlier years of the Degree Course and is of great use in occupations related to these fields

  • The Economics of Globalisation
  • Development Cooperation
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Economics
  • Regional and Urban Economics

 

 

 

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT (IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE)

Students who study an undergraduate degree at the University of Alicante must confirm a minimum level of B1 in a foreign language (a B2 is recommended) in order to obtain the diploma.  

The required language level is in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 

The language accreditation requirement can be obtained previously or at any time during university studies. However, the language requirement will be necessary in order to be able to assess the final year project.

The different forms of obtaining such language requirement can be consulted in the additional information in this section.  

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LANGUAGE TEACHING COMPETENCE CERTIFICATE

Students who want to have a career in non-university teaching when they finish their studies are recommended to obtain the teaching competence certificate (Valencian and/or foreign languages).

This certificate can be obtained by taking specific itineraries in your university studies or by taking the UA teaching competence course in Valencian, German, French and English.

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FINAL YEAR PROJECT (TFG)

All the official undergraduate degrees must be completed by preparing and defending a final year project, which must be done in the final phase of the studies and be aimed at the assessment of competences associated to the degree.

The final year project must be an original, independent and personal work. The elaboration of it may by individual or coordinated. Each student will prepare this project under the supervision of a tutor, allowing students to show the received training content in an integrated many, as well as the acquired competences associated to the undergraduate degree.

In order to register in the final year project, students must comply with the requirements established in the “Regulations for continuation studies for students registered in undergraduate degrees at the University of Alicante”. Among the requirements established to be able to register in the final year project, a minimum of 168 credits must be passed in undergraduate degrees with a total of 240 credits, and a minimum of 228 credits in undergraduate degrees with a total of 300 credits or more.

In order for the final year project to be assessed, a B1 level of a foreign language (B2 is recommended) must be confirmed.

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ACCESS ROUTES

Admission to this degree course is open to any applicant who meets one of the following entrance requirements:

1.     SPANISH BACCALAUREATE (LOMCE) UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE EXAM (PAU): Although students can access university by means of any Baccalaureate specialization, the recommended one is Humanities and Social Sciences.

Admission scores for this degree can be improved by taking the specific modules of the University Entrance Exam (PAU) as indicated in the table below with their respective weightings.

TABLE 1

Economics

2.     PREVIOUS BACCALAUREATES WITH OR WITHOUT A PASS IN THE UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE EXAM (PAU): Students who have completed their Baccalaureate under previous education systems and have passed the PAU will be able to use the mark obtained in their application.

However, students can take specific exam modules during the voluntary PAU exam period in order to improve their admission score as shown in table 1. They can also sit for the obligatory PAU exams, in which case they will have to take all the exams scheduled during this period.

3.     VOCATIONAL EDUCATION: Vocational educational qualifications such as senior technician, senior technician of plastic arts and design, or senior technician in sports is the preferred professional area although access to this degree may be through any professional field.

Admission scores can be improved by taking the PAU exam in up to 4 of the modules in table 1.

4.     STUDENTS FROM EDUCATION SYSTEMS IN COUNTRIES OF THE EUROPEAN UNION OR OTHER STATES WITH WHICH SPAIN HAS AN INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT: Accreditation is required and issued by Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED).

Students can sit for exams in subjects included in the Pruebas de Competencias Específicas (PCE), organised by the UNED, in order to improve their admission score up to 14 points as indicated in the weightings in Table 1.

5.     STUDENTS FROM FOREIGN EDUCATION SYSTEMS: Prior to applying for the validation of their foreign Baccalaureate, students may sit for up to 4 exams in subjects offered by the Pruebas de Competencias Específicas (PCE) organised by UNED (at least one subject from the core subjects).

The weightings indicated in table 1 will be applied to core and/or optional subjects.

6.     OTHER: University degrees and other similar qualifications. University entrance exam for students over 25 (preferential option: Social and Legal Sciences). Access on the basis of professional experience (applicants over 40 years of age). Access to applicants aged 45 years or more by means of an exam.

Weightings of the subjects of the specific phase of the Proof of Access to the University (PAU) in the previous years

High School Diploma Subjects

Parámetros de ponderación
Análisis Musical II Biología Ciencias de la Tierra y Medioambientales Dibujo Artístico II Dibujo Técnico II Diseño Economía de la Empresa Electrotecnia Física Geografía Griego Historia de la Música y de la Danza  Historia del Arte Latín Lenguaje y Práctica Musical Literatura Universal Matemáticas Aplicadas a las Ciencias Sociales II Matemáticas II Química Técnicas de Expresión Gráfico Plásticas Tecnología Industrial II

Academic Years 2010-11

2011-12

0.1                                          
0.2 x x
x
x x x x x
x x x x x x x x x
x
x
x x

Academic Years

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

0.1 x
x
x
x
x
x

 

 x  x  x  x x
x
 
 x  x  
0.2             x    x x
            x
 x      

 


PROCEDURE FOR APPLYING FOR ADMISSION: PRE-ENROLMENT AND REGISTRATION

  • Anticipated number of places offered during the first pre-enrolment session: 125
  • Applicants admitted to a course must formally register within the timescale established annually in the enrolment calendar. Registration Information.


RECOMMENDED APPLICANT PROFILE

 

As regards the recommended educational background, new students should have a basic understanding of mathematics, together with good skills in logical reasoning.  Equally, they should have an interest in economic problems, such as the reasons behind unemployment and inflation, how the market and financial institutions operate, and the reasons for the existence of the Public Sector. They should show an interest in using analytical tools in order to understand different aspects of economic phenomena and realities.  Moreover, they should be responsible, capable of working both individually and as part of a team, and possess good communication skills.

Similarly, in order to facilitate new students’ assimilation onto the proposed course programme, students should have a reasonable knowledge of English, at least in terms of reading comprehension.

Although admission is granted from any high school diploma route, it is recommended that students have studied Mathematics II or Mathematics Applied to the Social Sciences in the second year of the high school diploma course, and where appropriate, Business Economics.

 

NUMBER OF PLACES AND PASS MARKS


COURSES

NUMBER OF PLACES

PASS MARKS

GENERAL

OVER

25

OVER

40

OVER

45

GRADUATES

SPORTSPEOPLE

DISABLED

2010-11

125

6,866

6,700

8,340

---

5,500

---

---

2011-12

125

6,636

7,373

5,000

---

6,100

---

5,000

2012-13

125

7,454

7,459

---

---

6,300

---

5,000

2013-14

125

7,000

5,000

---

---

5,000

---

---

2014-15

125

6,911

5,620

---

---

5,000

---

5,000

2015-16

125

8,014

6,260

9,000

---

6,150

5,096

6,048

2016-17

125

8,624

---

---

---

5,000

---

---

 
  • "Pass marks" indicated correspond to the results of the first adjudication of June.
  • The definitive marks can be inferior to the here collected.


 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL PROFILES

 

The Degree in Economics will create professionals skilled in modern economic analysis. Economics Graduates must have a solid educational background, suited to the demands of increasingly competitive and selective markets. Likewise, they must also be characterised by a humanistic training, enabling them to tackle issues such as the allocation of scarce resources, efficiency and productivity problems, social solidarity and fair distribution, among others. The general professional profiles associated with this Degree Course are:

  1. Study and planning services
  2. Taxation
  3. Public Administration
  4. International Organisations
  5. Foreign Commerce
  6. Business Management
  7. Economic Consultancy
  8. Teaching and Research

Career options cover the private and public sectors (businesses, banks, consultancies, state and regional administration) and international organisations (OECD, IMF, World Bank and European Union institutions).

 

 

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DEGREE COURSE 

  

The Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences new Degree Course in Economics will be implemented year by year.

 

YEAR

ACADEMIC YEAR

2010/2011

2011/2012

2012/2013

2013/2014

First

New degree

New degree

New degree

New degree

Second

 

New degree

New degree

New degree

Third

 

 

New degree

New degree

Fourth

 

 

 

New degree

 

TIMESCALE

 

Academic Year

Implementation of the new Degree in Economics (Grado)

Phasing out of the former degree in Economics (Licenciatura)

2010/11

1st year

1st year

2011/12

2nd year

2nd year

2012/13

3rd year

3rd year

2013/14

4th year

4th year

 

Once a course has been phased out, the subjects corresponding to the course will no longer be taught. Students who do not wish to take the new degree course subjects will have four opportunities to sit the relevant examinations at the end of each of the following two academic years. Any students wishing to continue their studies after sitting and failing these examinations will be required to follow the new plan, according to the adaptation system established in the new course programme.

 

 

CREDIT EQUIVALENCE


Credit equivalence table for adapting the former Degree in Economics (Licenciatura) to the new Degree in Economics (Grado)

Former Degree (Licenciatura)

(2001 programme)

Type

Credits

New Degree (Grado)

SUBJECTS (each worth 6 credits)

Type

Year

Macroeconomics

Core

12

Introduction to Macroeconomics

Core

1

Intermediate Macroeconomics

Compulsory

2

Microeconomics

Core

12

Introduction to Microeconomics

Core

1

Intermediate Microeconomics

Core

1

Advanced Macroeconomics II

Core

6

Economic Growth

Compulsory

2

International Economics

Optional

6

International Commerce

Compulsory

3

Advanced Macroeconomics I

Core

6

International Macroeconomics

Compulsory

3

Advanced Microeconomics II

Core

6

Strategic Behaviour and the Economy

Compulsory

3

Income Growth and Distribution

Optional

6

Economics of Development

Optional

4

Public Economics

Optional

6

Public Economics

Optional

4

Analysing Economic Data

Optional

6

Labour Economics

Optional

4

World Economics

Core

6

World Economics

Compulsory

2

EU Economics

Core

6

EU Economics

Compulsory

2

The Spanish Economy

Core

12

The Spanish Economy

Compulsory

3

Financial Institutions and Markets

Optional

6

Financial Institutions and Markets

Compulsory

3

Tax System I

Tax System II

Compulsory

Optional

4,5

6

Tax System

Compulsory

3

The Economics of Globalisation

Optional

6

The Economics of Globalisation 

Optional

4

Development Cooperation

Optional

6

Development Cooperation 

Optional

4

Environmental Economics

Optional

6

Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources 

Optional

4

Introduction to Economic Policy

Compulsory

9

Introduction to Economic Policy

Compulsory

2

Instrumental Policies  I

Core

6

Instrumental Policies

Compulsory

3

Instrumental Policies II

Core

6

Sector and Structural Policies

Compulsory

3

Economics of the Public Sector

Core

6

Economics of the Public Sector

Compulsory

4

Analysis of Public Policies

Optional

6

Analysis of Public Policies 

Optional

4

Economics of Autonomous Regions and Local Treasuries

Optional

6

Economics of Autonomous Regions and Local Treasuries

Optional

4

Regional and Urban Economics

Optional

6

Regional and Urban Economics

Optional

4

Financial and Analytical Accounting

Core

12

Financial Accounting

Core

1

Business Organisation I

Compulsory

4,5

Basics of Business Economy

Core

1

Analysing Accounting Statements

Optional

6

Drawing up and Analysing Accounting Statements

Compulsory

2

Commercial Management

Optional

6

Basic Marketing

Compulsory

3

Financial Management

Compulsory

4,5

Financial Economics

Compulsory

4

Competitive Analysis of Businesses and Sectors

Optional

6

Strategic Business Management

Compulsory

4

Public Accounting

Optional

6

Public Accounting 

Optional

4

Mathematics

Core

12

Mathematics I 

Core

1

Mathematics II 

Core

1

Mathematics - Extended

Compulsory

6

Mahtematics III 

Compulsory

2

Introduction to Statistics

Compulsory

6

Statistics I 

Core

1

Statistics and Introduction to Econometrics

Core

12

Statistics II 

Compulsory

2

Econometrics I

Core

6

Econometircs I 

Compulsory

2

Econometrics II

Core

6

Econometrics II 

  Compulsory

3

Analysis of Financial Data

Optional

6

Prediction Techniques in Economics

Optional

4

World Economic History (19th and 20th Centuries)

Compulsory

6

World Economic History (19th and 20th Centuries)

Core

1

World and Spanish Economic History 

Core

12

World and Spanish Economic History (19th and 20th Centuries)

Compulsory

2

History of Economic Analysis

Compulsory

6

History of Economic Analysis 

Optional

4

Civil Law

Business Law

Core

Core

4,5

6

Introduction to Civil and Comercial Law

Core

1

Work Experience

Optional

12-18

Work Experience

Optional

4




Final Project

Compulsory

4

 

A total of 322.5 credits in the current Economics Degree course programme (Licenciatura) can be adapted to the new Economics Degree study plan (Grado).  Of these, 202.5 correspond to core and obligatory subjects, and 120 to optional subjects.

Credits taken by Economics students not listed in the above table may be validated by means of:

  • Degree course optional credits, up to the maximum number of optional credits established for each degree course.
  • Recognised free-elective credits validated for univeristy, cultural or representational activities will be validated for the degree course, with a maximum of up to 6 academic credits to be validated for various activities, as set out in Art. 12.8 Royal Decree 1393/2007 (participation in cultural, sporting, student representation, charity and cooperation activities).

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