Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Application & Registration Closing Date: 9th February 2018

START:
12th February 2018
DURATION:
4 Years on FT and 5.5 Years on PT/DE
ID:
BAE

1.0 INTRODUCTION

This programme brief summarises the contents of the Bachelor of Arts in Economics (BEC) degree programme and is accordingly structured as follows. The programme rationale, aim, objectives and target group are outlined in Sub-sections 1.1 to 1.4 respectively, while the admission, grading and award criteria are given in Section 2.0. Sections 3.0 – 5.0 describe the course assessment, exemptions policy and course codes respectively. The programme structure is outlined in Section 6.0.

1.1 RATIONALE

The demand for qualified economic analysts and planners who can contribute to the growth of the Zambian economy has made it necessary to introduce the BEC degree programme. The ZCAS University would like to produce a product that will help to raise the standard of economic analysis and planning in the country and the region.

1.2 AIM

The aim of this programme is to equip the students with knowledge and skills in order for them to carry out economic analysis and planning effectively.

1.3 OBJECTIVES

By the end of the programme, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate thorough knowledge in fundamental theories, concepts, principles and practices of economics;

  2. demonstrate the critical abilities of analysis, interpretation, evaluation and judgement as applied to economic analysis and planning; and

  3. collect and analyse economic data to help in solving challenges faced by organisations and the community at large.

1.4 TARGET GROUP

The BEC degree programme is designed to meet the growing demand for economists who have academic competences in the key areas of economic analysis and planning. Such professionals are expected to pursue careers in economic analysis, economic planning, and management consultancy. They may also be employed in local government institutions as planners, in government departments as economists or planners, in Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) as programme officers or researchers and in research institutions where they can work as researchers. It is therefore intended for the following groups of people:

  1. School leavers who wish to pursue a career in economics;

  2. Banking and finance professionals who wish to enhance their career prospects ; and

  3. Any eligible person who wishes to pursue a career in economics.

2.0 ADMISSION, GRADING AND AWARD CRITERIA

2.1 ADMISSION CRITERIA

To qualify for admission to the BEC degree programme an applicant must have any of the following qualifications:

  1. Five credits at ‘O’ Level including English and Mathematics.

  2. At least three ‘A’ level passes including Mathematics or equivalent.

  3. Any degree from a recognised institution.

2.2 REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE AWARD OF BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ECONOMICS DEGREE

2.2.1 Duration of study

The course of study for the award of the BEC degree shall be completed in a period of:

  1. not less than four and not more than six academic years in the case of full time students;

  2. not less than five and not more than seven academic years in the case of evening students;

  3. not less than four and not more than seven academic years in the case of distance education students;

  4. not less than five and not more than seven academic years in the case of part time students;

  5. provided that for top-up degrees, the duration may be shorter, but not less than one year.

2.2.2 Student progression

A programme of study shall be taken in the sequence approved by the ZCAS University Senate.

Full time students

A full-time student shall register for and take four courses in any semester of the academic year; provided that a student may in exceptional circumstances be permitted to take one additional course whether carried over from the previous academic year or additional in any one semester.

A full time student who passes all the courses taken during the academic year of study shall be allowed to proceed to the next level of study.

A full time student who fails in one course in any academic year may be permitted to proceed to the next level of study; provided that the student repeats the course at the first available opportunity.

A full time student who fails some or all of the courses in the first semester of an academic year shall be allowed to proceed to the second semester courses; provided the student repeats the failed course at the first available opportunity.

A full time student who fails some or all of the courses in the second semester of an academic year shall be required to repeat those courses before proceeding to the next level of study, provided that the student has passed the first semester courses.

A full time student who fails all the courses in any academic year shall be excluded.

A full time student who fails a course twice is subject to exclusion; provided that, subject to successful appeal, the student may be permitted to repeat the course for the third and final time.

Exclusion is applicable in compliance with the preceding regulations in any academic year of study including the final year.

Evening students

An evening student shall register for and take three courses each semester; provided that a student may in exceptional circumstances be permitted to take one additional course whether carried over from the previous academic year or additional in any one semester.

An evening student who passes all the courses taken during the academic year of study shall be allowed to proceed to the next level courses.

An evening student who fails in one course in any academic year may be permitted to proceed to the next level courses; provided that the student repeats the course at the first available opportunity.

An evening student who fails some or all of the courses in the first semester of an academic year shall be allowed to proceed to the second semester courses; provided the student repeats the failed courses at the first available opportunity.

An evening student who fails some or all of the courses in the second semester of an academic year shall be required to repeat those courses before proceeding to the next level of study, provided that the student has passed the first semester courses.

An evening student who fails all the courses in any academic year shall be excluded.

An evening student who fails a course twice is subject to exclusion; provided that, subject to successful appeal, the student may be permitted to repeat the course for the third and final time.

Exclusion is applicable in compliance with the preceding regulations in any year of study including the final year.

Distance Education students

A distance education student shall register for and take a minimum of three courses and a maximum of four courses each semester; provided that a student may in exceptional circumstances be permitted to take one additional course whether carried over from the previous academic year or additional in any one semester.

A distance education student who passes all the courses taken during the academic year of study shall be allowed to proceed to the next level courses.

A distance education student who fails in one course in any academic year may be permitted to proceed to next level courses; provided that the student repeats the course at the first available opportunity.

A distance education student who fails some or all of the courses in the first semester of an academic year shall be allowed to proceed to the second semester courses; provided the student repeats the failed courses at the first available opportunity.

A distance education student who fails some or all of the courses in the second semester of an academic year shall be required to repeat those courses before proceeding to the next level of study, provided that the student has passed the first semester courses.

A distance education student who fails all the courses in any academic year shall be excluded.

A distance education student who fails a course twice is subject to exclusion; provided that, subject to successful appeal, the student may be permitted to repeat the course for the third and final time.

Exclusion is applicable in compliance with the preceding regulations in any year of study including the final year.

Part Time students

A part time student shall register for and take not more than three courses in any semester of the academic year.

A part time student who passes all the courses taken during the academic year of study shall be allowed to proceed to the next level courses.

A part time student who fails in one course in any academic year may be permitted to proceed to the next level courses; provided that the student repeats the course at the first available opportunity.

A part time student who fails some or all of the courses in the first semester of an academic year shall be allowed to proceed to the second semester courses; provided the student repeats the failed courses at the first available opportunity.

A part time student who fails some or all of the courses in the second semester of an academic year shall be required to repeat those courses before proceeding to the next level of study, provided that the student has passed the first semester courses.

A part time student who fails all the courses in any academic year shall be excluded.

A part time student who fails a course twice is subject to exclusion; provided that, subject to successful appeal, the student may be permitted to repeat the course for the third and final time.

Exclusion is applicable in compliance with the preceding regulations in any year of study including the final year.

      1. Deferred and supplementary examinations

Deferred Examinations

A student who is unable to attempt a scheduled assessment may be awarded a deferred assessment subject to a successful application based on extenuating circumstances. A deferred assessment shall be graded normally, i.e. the student shall be awarded the actual mark obtained in the assessment or a final grade of between D and A+ in the course.

Supplementary examinations

A student who has failed a course with a D+ grade may be awarded a supplementary examination in the failed course, provided that the student has passed the continuous assessment for that course. Supplementary examinations may be awarded in up to two courses in any semester of an academic year. A supplementary examination is marked on a pass/fail basis.

3.0 COURSE ASSESSMENT AND GRADING

3.1 COURSE ASSESSMENT

In all the courses listed, except BEC421 and BEC442 the distribution of marks shall be as follows:

Continuous assessment 40%

1 test 30%

1 assignment 10%

Final examination 60%

Total 100%

The test and final examination shall consist of one examination paper in each of the courses listed and shall normally be of two hours and three hours duration respectively.

3.2 GRADING

To be eligible for the award of the BEC degree, a student must have:

  1. Passed all the 32 Courses.

  2. Adhered to the requisite course combinations in each semester.

In the grading of final examination results, the following scale will apply:

Pass grades

A+ Distinction (86% and above)

A Distinction (76% – 85%)

B+ Meritorious (66% – 75%)

B Very Satisfactory (56% – 65%)

C+ Definite Pass (46% – 55%)

C Bare Pass (40% – 45%)

S Satisfactory, pass in a practical course

P Pass in a supplementary examination

Fail grades

D+ Bare Fail (35% – 39%)

D Definite Fail (34% and below)

F Fail in a supplementary examination

U Unsatisfactory, fail in a practical course

NE No examination taken

WD Was withdrawn from the course with unsatisfactory academic progress – recorded where a student has not completed the required level of course work after a warning from the Head of Programme and/or the Director Academic Studies/Dean of School. The Director Academic Studies/Dean of School has withdrawn the student from the course before the examination.

LT Left the course during the semester without permission

DQ Was disqualified in a course by Senate

DR Was de-registered for failure to pay fees

RS To re-sit the course examination only – recorded where a student is allowed by Senate to re-sit the final semester examination in the course, and to carry over the previous course work assessment.

3.3 CLASSIFICATION OF THE DEGREE

  1. In calculating the grade of the degree, the following points shall be applied to the grades obtained.

    1. A+ 2.5 points

    2. A 2.0 points

    3. B+ 1.5 points

    4. B 1.0 point

    5. C+ 0.5 point

    6. C 0 point

  2. The grading of the BEC is based on all grades obtained in the last two years (i.e. 16 courses). No points are awarded where a course has been repeated.

  3. The points for classification of the degree shall be as follows:

Distinction 28 – 40 points

Merit 20 – 27.5 points

Credit 12 – 19.5 points

Pass 0 – 11.5 points

4.0 EXEMPTIONS (ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING)

  1. A student who has, prior to admission to the BEC, attended, whether at ZCAS University or elsewhere, courses of instruction and passed examinations equivalent in standard to courses and examinations which form part of the programme of study may, subject to approval, be exempted from attendance of classes and examinations in those courses.

  2. No exemptions are available in respect of third and fourth year courses regardless of the candidate’s qualifications.

5.0 COURSE CODES

The letters of the course codes are an abbreviation of the name of the programme, while the first digit stands for the year of study. The second digit is the serial number of the course in the semester and the last digit indicates whether it is a first or second semester course. For example, BEC442 means a BEC fourth year course, course number four offered in the second semester.

6.0 COURSE STRUCTURE

Each year of study is divided into two semesters. Except for BEC421 Research Methods and BEC442 Dissertation courses in the final year, the rest of the courses are structured in such a way that semester one courses are not a pre-requisite of semester two courses in each academic year. The course structure is as shown in Tables 1 to 4 below.

Table 1 Year 1 Courses

Semester 1

Semester 2

Course Code

Course Title

Course Code

Course Title

BEC111

Academic Writing

BEC112

Introduction to Macroeconomics

BEC121

Development Studies

BEC122

Principles of Accounting

BEC131

Introduction to Microeconomics

BEC132

Introduction to Quantitative Methods

BEC141

Introduction to Management

BEC142

Introduction to Financial Markets

       

Table 2 Year 2 courses

Semester 1

Semester 2

Course Code

Course Title

Course Code

Course Title

BEC211

Financial Accounting

BEC212

Economy of Zambia

BEC221

Mathematical Methods

BEC222

International Trade and Finance

BEC231

Microeconomics

BEC232

History of Economic Thought

BEC241

Agricultural Economics

BEC242

Statistics

       

Table 3 Year 3 Courses

Semester 1

Semester 2

Course Code

Course Title

Course Code

Course Title

BEC311

Macroeconomics

BEC312

Development Economics

BEC321

Statistical Packages for Economists

BEC322

Operations Research

BEC331

Urban Economics

BEC332

Population Economics

BEC341

Econometrics

BEC342

Mathematical Economics

       

Table 4 Year 4 courses

Semester 1

Semester 2

Course Code

Course Title

Course Code

Course Title

BEC411

Monetary Economics

BEC412

Public Finance

BEC421

Research Methods

BEC422

Industrial and Labour Economics

BEC431

Corporate Finance

BEC432

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

BEC441

Energy Economics

BEC442

Dissertation

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