This section of the Handbook will provide further detail on module choices, registering for and changing your optional modules and your timetable.
As outlined in the previous section of the Handbook, in each year of your Degree you will be required to take a given number of core modules. You can find the core modules in each year for your Degree in the section on Degree Course Regulations. In each year of your Degree, most students (excluding L116 in Year 2) can also choose a number of optional modules.
Optional modulesThere are many modules available across the University and a Module Catalogue is compiled to help you view them. If you are considering an external option (outside of Economics), you should go to 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 modules 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 departments provide the information in online handbooks or on websites. Note that eMR module registrations are binding after week 3 of Term 2.
These are external modules that students in the Economics Department have previously taken. The Department has therefore already approved them. Modules are only approved on the basis that 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.
Approved modules do not require you to complete an unusual module request form, but 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.
View the lists of approved modules taught by other departments by year of study: 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.
If you wish to take an option module that is not listed as 'an approved option' under your degree course regulations, please submit an unusual option form. 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 and it is your responsibility to check this. 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. Some of the Departments from which modules are often taken are listed below. For all other Departments, you should check the University webpage.
|CS||Computer Science||CS0.05||Computer Science|
|EQ||Centre for Education Studies||C1.10||Social Sciences|
Global Sustainable Development
|IB||Warwick Business School||0.003||Warwick Business School|
|IE||Centre for Professional Education||WA0.09||Avon Building|
|IL||Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning||First Floor||Senate House|
|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 Economics 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 here. 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 signed up to your module Support and Feedback classes and any other timetabled teaching.
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 module 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 module Support and Feedback class in the first three weeks of term if places remain unfilled. Please note that your class tutor cannot permit you to switch groups and you must go to the UG Office if you need to change your class time. 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, where there is a lot of choice. 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 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.
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. Please check your email, Tabula and the current students section of the economics website for information on lecture and class times and any enforced changes. 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.
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.
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. 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 in term 3.
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. 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 external 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 eMR. If you do not do this, you will not have fully registered for that module.
Changing your optional modules
The module registration system (eMR) closes in week 3 for Term 1 and week 17 for Term 2, so once you have chosen your optional modules, you will have a short window in which you can change them. 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, complete an unusual option form if needed, 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 the Your Modules and Timetable section 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). 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.
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 module 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 module does not count as a 300-coded module, unless it is a level 6 module (e.g. French 5, Spanish 5 or above).
- 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 Years 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 with an unusual option form, 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 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. As a Department, we also look at your suggestions for improvement across modules 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.
- Each module leader writes a response to the main points raised in the module evaluation. These responses are shared with students via module webpages.
- A summary of the responses to module evaluations is shared with the SSLC.
- 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. 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.