This section of the Handbook will provide further detail on module choices, registering for and changing your optional modules and your timetable.
There are many modules available across the University and a Module Catalogue is compiled to help you view these modules. If you are considering an external option you are advised to see the department concerned for more information about the module content and how to register with the department, without forgetting that you must still register your choice(s) on the eVision Module Registration (eMR) system. In some cases there are limits on numbers and applications have to be made by a given date. You must confirm with the relevant department that you are accepted for the module(s) and that the timetable is feasible for you. Note that some departments hold ballots and if your chosen option is one that is balloted then you must await on that result before confirming your choices. Most other departments provide the information in online handbooks or on websites. Note that eMR module registrations are binding after week 3 of Term 2.
Some modules, especially those offered in the Faculty of Social Science are approved (though this does not apply to all), provided they are of the appropriate level (e.g. “any approved Final Year option” means modules with 300 codes). Thus, for many degree courses and cohorts, the choice of options is wider than the department lists published. Although approved modules do not require you to complete an unusual module request form, it is still your responsibility in choosing your modules to ensure that you have met all relevant pre-requisites and have obtained permission from the department offering the module. You must also ensure that the modules you choose meet your degree course regulations. Therefore, even if an external module is on the approved module list, there is no guarantee that you will be permitted to take it. Once confirmed by the Economics Department, you must then register with the external Department and on eMR.
NB — you will usually NOT be permitted to take 100-coded modules in your Second or Final Year.
The link below provides lists of modules taught by other departments that have been taken in recent years by first, second and final year students, respectively, on one or more of the following degrees: L100 (Economics), L116/L112 (Economics and Industrial Organisation), LM1D/ LLD2 (EPAIS), and Mathematics and Economics (GL11).
Note that some of the modules in the lists are core or optional core on some Economics-based degree courses.
View the lists of approved modules online by going to this webpage and then to the relevant year.
If you wish to take an option module not listed explicitly as 'an approved option' under your degree course regulations, please submit an unusual option form through the current students section (Econ Hub) of the Economics website. You must make a case based on special individual circumstances, because permission will not necessarily be granted under normal circumstances. Requests to take modules that contravene your degree course regulations will not be permitted. Your request will be considered on its merits, by the Director of Undergraduate Studies or his/her Deputy, who will make a decision, after checking for consistency and fair treatment. However, please note that a request to take an option module in order to obtain exemption from examinations for professional qualifications in the future will not be sufficient.
A guide to non-economics departments
The module code tells you which department is responsible for teaching any particular module. To obtain more details of the module you must go to the Undergraduate Office of the department concerned.
|FI||Film & TV Studies||A0.13||Milburn House|
Global Sustainable Development
|IB||Warwick Business School||0.003||Warwick Business School|
|IE||Centre for Professional Education||WA0.09||Avon Building|
|LL||Language Centre||Ground floor||Humanities|
|MA||Mathematics||B0.03||Maths and Stats|
|PO||Politics and International Studies||D0.27||Social Sciences|
|ST||Statistics||C0.02||Maths and Stats|
Key things to consider when choosing your optional modules
When considering which optional modules to take, please ensure you take account of the following:
For the current academic year we will be running the modules listed on our website. Although we try to run all optional modules on the pre-registration lists, occasionally, we have to withdraw a module due to availability of staff. If this is the case, you will be informed as soon as possible.
The lecture timetable for Economics modules can be viewed on the Economics UG Hub. Your personal timetable can be viewed through Tabula. It will be complete when you are registered for all modules, core and optional, and you have been allocated to your lectures, module Support and Feedback classes and any other timetabled teaching. You can also see the timetable for your chosen lectures by visiting Start.Warwick from the University’s main webpage.
Check your timetable for clashes as you select your modules and your times for module Support and Feedback classes. Make sure that you check the Spring term as well as the Autumn term and core modules as well as options, as sometimes lecture and module Support and Feedback class times are at different times in different terms. If there is a clash, you need to take action to resolve it. If a lecture for an optional module you wish to take clashes with a lecture for one of your core modules, this cannot be resolved and you will have to choose another option. But if it clashes with a Support and Feedback class, or one of these class times clashes with another, you may be able to solve this problem. You can move yourself to another Support and Feedback class in the first three weeks of term if places remain unfilled. After this time please note that your class tutor cannot permit you to switch groups and you must go to the UG Office. Keep your current timetable printed and close at hand, as some clashes can be resolved only by making (or re-making) the class allocations when everyone is together at a lecture.
Given the flexibility in options that we allow, it is impossible to guarantee that every permitted combination of options is feasible in terms of the timetable, particularly in the Final Year. Before finalising your choice of options, and particularly if your choice involves non-economics modules, you are advised to check the past year’s timetable. Although there has been a timetable review and the timetable will change from year to year, it is still the best available guide as to what will happen next year. When checking the timetable it is very important that you check the whole of the year, and not just term 1. In particular Final Year students taking EC331 need to ensure that they can attend the class for their particular EC331 group across the two terms. If you sign up for a module that you later discover your timetable does not permit you to take, there may be little that can be done to change your registration.
It is also important to check your email, Tabula and the current students section on the economics website for information on changes to times and places of lectures and module Support and Feedback classes. If you have any queries, discuss them with the module lecturer (at the first lecture) or in the UG Office. Attending the first lectures of optional modules is a good way of making sure you make the right choice.
Timetabling complexities can delay the posting of module Support and Feedback class membership lists and times of meetings as well as forcing last-minute changes, so check Tabula and the current students section of the economics website.
How your choice affects later years of your degree course
In some cases your choice of first year options can affect your range of choices in other years. To give you an idea of what lies ahead, please see the full degree course regulations for the Second and Final Years of your degree course. For example: if you are on the Economics degree course and think you might want to take Second or Final Year options in accounting and finance offered by WBS, opt for IB132 Foundations of Finance, which is a prerequisite for many such modules.
Policies of external departments on module registration
Some departments (Politics & International Studies, WBS, History, and Law, amongst others) limit the number of students allowed to take some modules; the situation is one of rationing. Places are allocated sometimes by ballots, sometimes on the basis of 'first come, first served.' To find out whether rationing is in operation on a module you wish to take, visit the department concerned as soon as you can. If there is no rationing, please make sure that you inform the relevant department’s Undergraduate Office that you are registered on their module. If you are unsure about how to register for an external module, you should talk to that department's UG office. Once registered, you must then register all of your modules on eMR.
Autumn and spring term modules
All modules with an examination component, whether they are taught in the Autumn, Spring, or throughout the whole academic year, will be examined in the Summer term examination period.
For students in all years, we strongly advise you to take an approximately balanced CATS load across both terms. Should you wish to take an imbalance of CATS across terms, we advise that it is better to take the greater number of CATS in Term 1 rather than in Term 2, in order to leave the possibility of making amendments in Term 2. For final-year students, we stipulate a maximum of 75 CATS per term. We advise that final-year students do not take more than 60 CATS in Term 2.
Registering for your optional modules
The following section outlines the steps you must take to register your optional modules and some key things that you should consider when choosing them. Please read the following information carefully, as incorrect module registrations can have serious consequences.
Pre-registration of optional modules
Current economics students who will be entering their Second or Final years of study, and external students wishing to take an economics module as an option, are asked to pre-register their module choices. Pre-registration opens in the Summer Term and you will be told the weeks for which it will be open. If you are entering into your Second Year of study please complete the pre-registration form for ‘second year students.’ If you are entering into your Final Year of study, please complete the forms linked to your degree course. You will be contacted by email when this system is open and will receive guidance on making your module choices in the respective 'Exams and Beyond' sessions.
Other departments may have similar policies for pre-registration of modules and you should check with them for this information, in terms of when and how you can pre-register. Be aware that WBS modules fill up very quickly and places cannot be guaranteed to any students from Economics. You will need to register on my.wbs and eMR. If you wish to apply to study language modules as part of your degree course, you need to go in person to the Language Centre at the start of the Autumn term to register.
Please consider your choices carefully; it helps us to plan the timetable and other resources needed for each module, so gathering meaningful information on what you want to study next year is very important. There is no commitment on either side from pre-registration so you will be able to change your modules at the start of the academic year, and we cannot guarantee that a module will run in the next academic year.
eMR (eVision Module Registration System)
At the beginning of the Autumn term you will be asked to register your final module choices on the University-wide eMR (eVision Module Registration) system. You must do this irrespective of whether your module choices have changed since pre-registration and irrespective of whether your module is approved.
Please note that you cannot take an 'outside' option unless you have been accepted on the module concerned by the department that offers it. When you have been accepted by the outside department, registered with them and check that you have fulfilled any conditions they set, you must also complete your online eVision Module Registration (eMR). If you do not do this, you will not have fully registered for that module.
Changing your optional modules
Once you have chosen your optional modules, you will have a short window in which you can change them. However, eMR closes in week 3 for Term 1 and week 17 for Term 2. You are not permitted to change between two modules that take place in the same term after eMR has closed in the relevant term. For example, if you are taking a 15 CAT module in Term 1 and wish to change to another 15 CAT module that also occurs in Term 1, you will not be permitted to make the change once week 3 of Term 1 has finished. You can switch from a Term 1 module to a Term 2 module if this is done before the end of week 17. However, the following condition does apply.
You are not permitted to drop any module if either of two criteria apply: 1) you have already submitted assessed work for that module that is worth 10% or more of the total mark for that module or 2) it is now beyond the third week of Term 2 (week 17). You are advised to make any changes as early as possible, as you may find it very difficult to catch up. If you do change your modules, it is your responsibility to catch up on any missed work and this cannot be used as a mitigating circumstance, should your performance in any module be adversely affected. Before making a change, you must first find a place on a new module and if it is external, gain the permission of the relevant department and follow that department's registration procedures, before amending your online registration and informing the UG Office.
Before the end of week 3 of Term 2, it is your responsibility to make sure you are registered for the correct modules on eMR for both Terms 1 and 2. If you fail to do this, there can be serious consequences in terms of which exams you are required to sit.
Restrictions and pre-requisites
In each of your Second and Final years, you are required to take modules totalling 120 CATS.
You may not over- or under-load on CATS points in the Department of Economics.
It is important that you register for modules with the correct CATS weightings. As a reminder, WBS modules must be taken at 12 or 24 CATS in year 1 and at 15 or 30 CATS in your Second and Final Years (except for GL11). Please check section 2.1.1 for further information. You should check with the module leaders exactly what this will mean in terms of extra input from you, especially regarding the nature of the assessment methods. Furthermore, modules weighted at less than 15 CATS in your Second and Final Years are not permissible (excluding GL11 in the second year). Certain combinations of modules are not permitted, while some modules require certain pre-requisites.
It is your responsibility to check that your choice of options satisfies these criteria. The UG Office will check your final choices of modules in the early part of the Autumn term. If your choices are found to contravene the degree course regulations and restrictions, you will be required to change your choices.
- In the Economics Department, First Year modules have codes of the type EC100, Second Year modules have codes EC200, and Final Year modules have codes EC300. Unless your degree course regulations specify otherwise, you will NOT usually be permitted to take Economics modules coded for a year of study other than your own.
- For quantitative modules in mathematical economics, statistics and econometrics, the module pre-requisites are specified in the pre-requisites table below. For non-quantitative modules not specified in the table, note that normally EC200 coded modules have the minimum pre-requisite that you should have taken EC108 and EC109, or EC107 or EC106. EC300 coded modules normally have the minimum pre-requisite that you should have taken either EC201 and EC202, or EC204.
- External students wishing to take economics modules should note that, typically, EC200-coded modules assume that students have taken appropriate EC100-coded modules and that EC300- coded modules assume that students have taken relevant EC200-coded modules. External students wishing to register for either an EC200 or an EC300-coded module should check with the UG Office on the nature of the appropriate pre-requisites.
|Title||Pre-requisite(s)||May not be combined with||May not be taken by||Notes|
|EC201||Macroeconomics 2||One of the following:
|LM1D (LLD2), GL11, PPE, L1L8||Point 2 is for transfers from PPE and EPAIS to L100 or L116|
|EC202||Microeconomics 2||One of the following:
|LM1D (LLD2), GL11, PPE, L1L8||Point 2 is for transfers from PPE and EPAIS to L100 or L116|
One of the following:
|EC226||GL11, L100 and L116 (L112)|
One of the following:
|L100 and L116 (L112) and WBS students in their second year||Point 3 is for transfers from L100 or L116 to PPE or EPAIS|
|EC205||Development Economics (Macroeconomics)||One of the following:
|EC208||Industrial Economics 1: Market Structure||One of the following:
|EC220/EC221||Mathematical Economics 1a and 1b||
One of the following:
One of the following:
|EC203||GL11 students are permitted to take EC226|
|EC228||Collective Decisions||One of the following:
|EC230||Economics of Money and Banking||One of the following:
||IB253 and IB3J8|
|EC231||Industrial Economics 1: Strategic Behaviour||EC208 for all students except L100||EC335|
|EC233||Development Economics (Microeconomics)||One of the following:
|EC236||Topics in Applied Economics (2b)||May only be taken by L100, L116, LM1D, V7ML, V7MP, V7MR and L1L8|
|EC301||Mathematical Economics 2: Dynamics, Uncertainty and Asymmetric Information.||EC220|
|EC304||The Making of Economic Policy||A Politics 200-coded Political Theory module||May only be taken by LM1D, V7ML, V7MP and V7MR students|
|EC306||Econometrics 2: Time Series||One of the following:
|EC307||Macroeconomic Policy in the EU||One of the following:
|EC310||Topics in Development Economics||One of the following :
|EC318||Labour Economics||One of the following :
|EC326||Industrial Economics 2 – Strategy and Practice||One of the following :
||PO327||EC231 and EC208 are recommended though not a formal pre-requisite. For those without EC231 or EC208, it is recommended that material covered in the EC208 and EC231 syllabus is the basis for private study during the summer vacation.|
|EC333||Topics in Financial Economics: Theories and International Finance||
One of the following :
|EC334||Topics in Financial Economics: Corporate Finance and Markets||One of the following:
|EC335||Managerial Economics||EC131 and EC229||EC208 and EC231||Any student who is not registered for BSc Management or BSc Accounting and Finance International Business, International Management, Law and Business|
|EC336||International Trade||One of the following:
|EC337||Industrial Economics 2 – Market Economics, Competition and Regulation||One of the following :
||EC231 and EC208 are recommended though not a formal pre-requisite. For those without EC231 or EC208, it is recommended that material covered in the EC208 and EC231 syllabus is the basis for private study during the summer vacation.|
|EC338||Econometrics 2: Microeconometrics||One of the following:
One of the following:
|EC340/EC343||Topics in Applied Economics (a) and (b)||
One of the following:
|EC341||Mathematical Economics 2; Political Economy||EC220|
|EC345||Behavioural Economics||EC202 or EC204|
|IB133||Foundations of Accounting|
|IB132||Foundations of Finance|
|IB253||Principles of Finance 1||IB132||EC333||Students not in their second year of study (with the exception of final year L116 students)|
|IB254||Principles of Finance 2||IB253||EC334||Students not in their second year of study (with the exception of final year L116 students)|
|IB321||Forecasting||Any Economics-based student|
|IB121||QA for Management 1||Any Economics-based student|
|IB122||QA for Management 2||Any Economics-based student|
|IB313||Business Studies 1||May not be combined with IB206.||For further restrictions please visit WBS UG Office.|
|IB314||Business Studies 2||May not be combined with IB206.||For further restrictions please visit WBS UG Office.|
|ST217||Mathematical Statistics (Parts A and B)||One from the following:
If you are interested in one of the exchange schemes with institutions abroad offered by the Department of Economics, or one of our partner departments in respect of joint degree students or at the University level, it is useful to take an appropriate language option. If you are going to France, Spain or Germany, it is a requirement to have taken an appropriate language option.
Language modules are offered by the University’s Language Centre, and also by the French, German, and Italian Departments. You can find more details of the language modules on our website. However, you should also consult these departments for the full range of modules and prerequisites. Language Centre staff advise you to select the level most suitable for your background and existing language ability. However, this must be within the parameters of the rules below regarding the permitted level of modules taken in the Second and Final Year.
It is always best to start a language in your First Year. Some degree courses run by Economics, but not BSc Economics and Industrial Organisation (L116/L112), allow you to start an accelerated language module in your Second Year. You cannot start an accelerated language module (or equivalent, e.g. French 2, Japanese 2) in your Final Year.
The following rules govern the choice of all language modules in the Second and Final Years of all Economics courses within the Department (excluding the Modern Languages and Economics Degrees), regardless of whether the module is offered by Language Departments or the Language Centre. They are intended to ensure that, if languages are to make up a significant proportion of your final degree credit, you will have reached a level of proficiency in that language which measures up to the standards employers expect of a Warwick degree in an Economics-related subject.
- No more than 30 CATS of language options may be taken in each year.
- You may only take LL200 coded modules or higher in the Second Year.
- Final Year students: if you have not studied a language during your First or Second Year, you are permitted to take a language in your Final Year, only if that language is at an advanced level (above accelerated beginner or equivalent, e.g. above Spanish 2, Chinese 2).*
- You cannot study two languages, so any language module taken must be in the same language as previous language modules and must show progression.
- A language option may not be taken in your first language under any circumstances.
* If you are an L116/L112 student wishing to begin a new language, you must start the language in the First Year.
IATL interdisciplinary modules
There are a number of undergraduate modules available to Second- and Final-Year Economics students which are delivered by the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL). If you wish to take an IATL module, you must choose to take the 15 CAT variety of the module. You are only permitted to take 15 CATS across your Second and Final Year combined. You should speak directly to IATL about the modules and gain their permission to take the module, as places are limited. You will also need to gain permission from us and should contact the Deputy Director of Undergraduate Studies, who will review your request.
We evaluate you by marking your coursework and exams. In turn, you evaluate us. In the final week of each of the Autumn and Spring terms you will be asked to fill in an online evaluation questionnaire for each Economics module that you take. This gives you the opportunity to express your views on various aspects of the module. Feedback is most useful when it is provided in a considered and thoughtful way. Module evaluations at the end of Terms 1 and 2 are used as Monitoring Points.
Why is feedback collected?
We are seeking to improve our teaching provision and your learning experience on a continuous basis. We need to identify problems in order to mitigate or eliminate them. We need to know what you find helpful so we can disseminate best practices in teaching and learning throughout the Department. Your responses are an essential input into these processes. If you treat it seriously and responsibly, so can we. The information collected from Module Evaluations is reviewed by senior management in the Department and used in staff performance reviews. We also look at your suggestions for improvement and consider changes based on these.
What is useful feedback?
You receive feedback whenever your coursework is marked and returned to you with the marker’s comments. Thinking about what you like and dislike as feedback on your coursework will help you recognise what is useful feedback for your module teachers.
The process of 'teaching and learning' requires participation by two people — the teacher and you. The benefit to you from taking a module will depend in part on your own input. This is not just your physical presence at lectures and module Support and Feedback classes and the number of essays you have submitted. Amongst other things, it is also your preparation and background reading, your participation in discussion and joint work and so on. If you feel you did not get much out of a module, ask yourself honestly how much you put in. Learning new things is rarely achieved without effort and discomfort and is normally accompanied by temporary confusion. If you experienced boredom or a failure of motivation, consider how you should apportion responsibility between your teachers and yourself.
Try to separate content from personality
During your time at Warwick you may be taught by dozens of members of staff. It would be surprising if you liked them all equally as people or if some, at least, didn’t have habits that are irritating to you. Try to distinguish between your reactions to their personality and to their teaching. It is possible for you to dislike someone but still derive benefit from their teaching (and the other way round, of course).
Lecturers have feelings too. Sometimes criticism is justified, but try to offer criticism in a sensitive way. Comments such as “X is the worst lecturer I’ve ever had” aren’t useful or constructive. Think what it would mean to you to be told: “This is the worst essay I’ve ever marked”. It would hurt your feelings. Then you might get angry and think: “That says more about you than me.”
Please complete the online evaluation forms in weeks 10 and 24, respectively. If only a small proportion of forms are returned, our perceptions of students’ views may be biased as a result. Don’t lose your chance to be heard.
What happens to your feedback?
Our module evaluation form is online and includes space for written comments.
- The written comments are retained by the module leader, though they are also read by the Head of the Department.
- At the end of the year each module leader writes an annual module report, incorporating both qualitative and quantitative feedback results.
- These reports are reviewed by the Director of Undergraduate Studies, who summarises the main issues for the Department’s Undergraduate Management Committee. This identifies causes for concern, suggests action to overcome problems, and monitors trends from year to year. Reports may also be made available to outside agencies such as QAA subject review assessors.
- At the end of the year we produce an annual course report covering all the modules within the degree courses, identifying any positive features and issues for action where improvement is needed.
- Finally, sections of both module and course reports will be made available to your Student-Staff Liaison Committee and will be uploaded to module web pages.
The feedback you provide is an essential input into our quality management process. It will help to improve the teaching and learning environment for yourselves and for future students. We ask you to take part in it thoughtfully and seriously.
Annual module and course review
As part of our efforts to monitor the quality and standards of our degree courses, the Department engages in an annual process of review at the module level and at the course level. Annual Module Review and Annual Course Review are two linked and important processes. They form the cornerstone of the internal scrutiny of our degree courses.
Annual Module Review
At the end of each academic year, each module leader is required to complete a report on the operation of their module during that year, commenting on aspects such as the performance of the student cohort, any changes introduced that year and proposed for next year, any issues raised in relation to this module at the SSLC, and the data and comments generated by Module Evaluation. A summary section of the Report is then published, along with the Module Evaluation data, to the webpage for that module.
Annual Module Review Reports are considered by the Director of Undergraduate Studies, who then summarises key points and presents them to the Undergraduate Management Committee.
Annual Course Review
Annual Course Review is the process by which every course run in the Department is reviewed each year. One single annual course review report, relating to the previous academic year, is produced each Autumn term (excluding 2017, due to the Institutional Teaching and Learning Review 2017- http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/aro/dar/quality/itlr2017/about). This report encompasses all of the undergraduate degrees (including the joint degrees, except for PPE which has a separate Annual Course Review Report) run in the Department. It is submitted to the University for further scrutiny within the committee system. Annual Course Review examines issues such as recruitment and admissions, quality assurance procedures, cases of student plagiarism and cheating, changes made to and planned for the degree courses, and issues raised at SSLC.