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  1. Welcome to the Economics Programme at the Queen’s Dr Jinghai Zheng Dr Subhadip Chakrabarti Dr Jong Kook Shin Dr Chris Colvin Queen's University Management School September 2012

  2. Overview BScEconomics + Induction Day 2 • Welcome! • What you need to do today, this week and next week • Introducing Economics • SSCCs • Peer Mentoring • Economics Society • Tea and coffee • What if things go wrong? • Personal Tutor and Adviser of Studies • Meet your personal tutor and peer mentors

  3. What you need to do TODAY • You must REGISTER at the Space, Middle Floor, Student’s Union • Meet your personal tutor and mentor • Find out where to find help when you need it • PLEASE ask questions when you need to

  4. What you need to do THIS WEEK & NEXT • Be sure to attend your Friday induction sessions • Attend your first lectures – print and bring your module outlines • Choose your student development activities/societies • Take in your new surroundings • Meet some of your classmates!

  5. Introducing Economics

  6. Introducing Economics • Two major programs • BSc Economics degree programs • BSc Honours in Business Economics • Modules and degrees • First year modules and the Degree structure

  7. BSc Economics Degree Programmes • Single Honours in Economics • Major Hons in Economics Minor in Finance • Major Hons in Economics Minor in another subject • Joint Hons in Economics and Accounting

  8. BSc Honours in: • Business Economics

  9. Programme Content – 1st year (Economics) All BSc (Econ)students will take modules in: • Applied Economics • Financial Institutions and Markets • Market Theory • Mathematics for Economists • Principles of Economics • Statistical Methods

  10. Programme Content – 1st year (Business Economics) BSc in Business Economics needs to take: • Accounting for non-specialists • Applied Economics • Economics of Organizations • Financial Institutions and Markets • History and Philosophy of Management • Quantitative Methods

  11. Modules and Degrees • Study 6 modules each year • 3 in Autumn Semester; 3 in Spring Semester • Exams are held at the end of each semester • January and May; • Resit exams in August. • Pass mark 40%

  12. Degree Classification Degree classification is based on 18 modules 6 from year 1 counts as 10% 6 from year 2 counts as 30% 6 from year 3 counts as 60% (see Handbook)

  13. Classification thresholds for Honours degrees • 70+ First Class • 60+ Second Class, First Division • 50+ Second Class, Second Division • 40+ Third Class • Below 40 Fail

  14. Getting Started: First Year Modules (Economics) Semester One: • Principles of Economics • Mathematics for Economists • Applied Economics Semester Two • Market Theory • Statistical Methods • Financial Institutions and Markets

  15. Getting Started: First Year Modules (Business Economics) Semester One: • Accounting for non-specialists • History and Philosophy of Management • Applied Economics Semester Two • Economics of Organization • Quantitative Methods • Financial Institutions and Markets

  16. Passport into the 2nd year • 1st year marks do count towards degree classification • AND • Passing the compulsory modules is your passport into the 2nd year • University is very strict on this matter

  17. Economics at Queen’s • Lectures – 2 or 3 per week depending on module • Tutorials - 1 per week from week 3 • Optional Supplementary Tutorials: 1 per week (fortnight) in Maths for Economists (Statistical Methods) • Independent Study • Total study time 3 x 12 = 36 hours per week

  18. Lectures • Lectures run from 5 minutes past the hour to 5 to the hour. • Come early - large numbers mean it takes time to get into your seat • Course materials are available via Queen’s Online

  19. Tutorials • Assigned into groups of about 20. • Preparation for tutorials is an integral part of the course. • Tutorial attendance is required. In some modules attendance accounts for 10% of total module marks. Supply medical evidence if you are unable to attend (handbook)

  20. Supplementary Tutorials • Provided for Maths for Economists and Statistical Methods – like a drop-in session • Those who attend supplementary tutorials do markedly better in examination.

  21. Succeeding in Your Degree • Failure rates in the first year are high. • If you fail your examinations you will not be able to proceed to second year. • Main cause of failure is lack of attendance at lectures and tutorials and lack of study. • If you work hard, you will succeed.

  22. Degree Structure (Economics)

  23. Degree Structure (Business Economics)

  24. Registration Dr Jinghai Zheng Queen's University Management School September 2011

  25. BSc (Econ) students – 1st year (Economics) • ECO1008 Applied Economics • FIN1001 Financial Institutions and Markets • ECO1002 Market Theory • ECO1004 Mathematics for Economists • ECO1001 Principles of Economics • ECO1003 Statistical Methods

  26. BSc Business Economics students – 1st year (Business Economics) • ACC1002 Accounting for non-specialists • ECO1008 Applied Economics • ECO1007 Economics of Organizations • FIN1001 Financial Institutions and Markets • MGT1006 History and Philosophy of Management • ECO1009 Quantitative Methods

  27. Changing Optional Module Choices • Up to 12 noon on the Friday of the second week of each Semester.

  28. SSCCs Dr Jong Kook Shin

  29. Staff Student Consultative Committee SSCC • A forum through which students can feedback on their classes • Student representatives gather the views of their peers in relations to the degree and feed these into the SSCC meetings • 2 student representatives sit on the committee from each academic year. 2 meetings per semester. Outcomes from meeting emailed to all students. • An excellent way to get to know your peers and enhance your CV • We will need two representatives for the new first year.

  30. Student talk Ms Joanna McLaughlin

  31. The Economics Society Dr Chris Colvin

  32. Coffee with mentors • 10:30-11:00 am

  33. What if things go wrong? • -Extenuating Circumstances Committee • -Rules around illness, poor academic performance • -Other Support • -Subject specific study skills

  34. Academic Issues Relating to the material covered in the module • Is the answer in the reading/solutions? • Chat it through with your peers • Talk to your mentor/group • Ask the tutor/module co-ordinator (email, office hours) • Speak to your personal tutor* • Can Learning Development offer you anything?

  35. Academic Issues What if I’m ill?? • If you will be off for an extended period it’s important that you let us know as soon as possible • If missing a tutorial/deadline/exam: bring a doctor’s/ hospital note to the School Office within 3 days • Arrangements to submit work made with module co-ordinator, exam re-sit for full marks • Same procedures in ‘extenuating circumstance’ including evidence required More information on these rules is available in the handbook

  36. Academic Issues What if I fail a module?? • Your script cannot be re-marked and you can re-sit the exam only once (in August) • If you re-sit, your score will be capped at 40 • You may have to complete additional coursework • If you fail more than one module, you will be called to the Student Progress Committee • You must pass all six modules to proceed to 2nd year More information on these rules is available in the handbook

  37. Any* Other Issues • Speak to your mentor • Speak to your personal tutor* • Speak to a member of staff you know • Speak to the Student Guidance Centre/ Students’ Union (in confidence) But most importantly… • Speak to someone More information in school handbook

  38. Staff Student Consultative Committee SSCC • A forum through which students can feedback on their classes • Student representatives gather the views of their peers in relations to the degree and feed these into the SSCC meetings • 2 student representatives sit on the committee from each academic year. 2 meetings per semester. Outcomes from meeting emailed to all students. • An excellent way to get to know your peers and enhance your CV • We will need two representatives for the new first year.

  39. Communicating with us • You are required to use your Queens email account for ALL university related electronic communication. • Check your Queen’s email account for messages from your tutor or for messages in relation to the degree. • All full-time lecturers will have office hours. These will be written on the module outlines. • Arrange any meetings with your lecturer during those office hours or by appointment outside of these times.

  40. Adviser of Studies?Personal Tutor?Peer Mentor?

  41. Adviser of StudiesDr Jinghai Zheng • Advice about formal registration each year • Any changes to your academic situation • if you wish to change your degree • if medical /extenuating circs mean that you may not be able to sit exams • if you want to take time out from your studies • School Student Progress Committee (ECC from this year perhaps) • 3 times a year after exam sessions

  42. Adviser of StudiesAcademic matters (2) • Medicals / info about extenuating circumstances – 3 day rule • Attendance at tutorials / practical classes is vital (and lectures!) • 6 modules – resits last 2 weeks of August – you must be here • 6 modules – must pass all 6 modules to progress into Stage 2 • 1st year modules count as 10% of your degree • Contact details must be kept up to date • Use @qub.ac.uk – sent = received • SSPC (ECC) letters go to home address

  43. Role of the Personal Tutor in this School • act as a first point of contact for academic / personal problems • facilitate you in undertaking PDP* activities • personally meet you on at least two occasions each year, as part of group or on a one-to-one basis • meet you at other times at the request of either party • write references for you on request • provide information to you at key times in the year through the Personal Tutor Network emails

  44. Which means…. • You have already been allocated a Personal Tutor, who is a member of Economics academic staff • You’ll be meeting them shortly as a group • You normally keep the same Personal Tutor throughout your time studying this degree • Special arrangements are made if your Personal Tutor is on leave of absence for various reasons

  45. Peer Mentors • 2nd and 3rd year students on your pathway who have volunteered to mentor you in your 1st year • Are there to help you settle in, and answer queries you have or direct your queries to someone else • Are not counsellors, personal tutors or academic tutors • You have already been assigned to mentors and will meet them after your meeting with your personal tutor

  46. Students with Disabilities • If you have not already registered with Disability Services - contact them now at www.qub.ac.uk/disability • If you acquire a disability during your time at Queen’s - register with Disability Services. • Support is available - but only if you tell us about it formally.

  47. The usual problems • Settling in / adjusting - talk to someone (SGC) • Particular modules - discuss with your lecturer or module tutor; personal tutor • £ or excess hours of employment - talk to Students’ Union Financial Advice Centre • Debt Advisor

  48. The unusual problems • Not settling in at all, say after 1st semester • Difficult family / other personal circumstances • Major money or accommodation difficulties • Health or other personal problems

  49. Getting Help – Student Guidance Centre • Counselling Service • Disability Services • Income and Student Finance • See Handbook Section

  50. Contact Information - YOU E-mail address: qub.ac.uk address; – use it or check it regularly - if sent, deemed to be received Home address: outside semester dates and SSPC letters Term address: during the semester and SSPC letters These addresses must be kept up to date