Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Economics

Qualification code: 98353
NQF level: 8
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 5687
APS/AS: 60
1.Students must select any two of the four electives and must choose their research topic from any one of the two elected papers. 2.It is recommended that part-time students spread their studies over two years and attempt Advanced Macroeconomics (ECS4861), Advanced Microeconomics (ECS4862) and Advanced Econometrics (ECS4863) in their first year of registration. The Research Report in Economics (HRECS83) and electives should be registered for in their second year of study. 3.It is strongly recommended that students who have not completed Econometrics (ECS3706 or ECS307K) or its equivalent at undergraduate level attempt this module before registering for ECS4863. 4.The Research Report in Economics (HRECS83) should have an approximate word count of 8 000 words. 5.Students should note that during the course of their studies they would be required to have access to a computer, printer and the internet.
Purpose statement:
The primary purpose of the qualification is to provide Honours Bachelor of Commerce graduate level knowledge, specific skills and applied competence in a number of fields traditionally associated with Business, Commerce and Management that will prepare them to be lifelong learners, employable workers/managers, entrepreneurs and contributors to society and the business community. A second purpose of the qualification is to provide South Africa (and other countries) with graduates in a number of learning fields in order to ensure that the leadership base of innovative and knowledge base economic and scholarly activity is widened. A third purpose of the qualification is to provide South Africa (and other countries) with people who can understand the constructive role they need to play as intellectual economic leaders in their society and who are empowered to play that role.
This qualification will be presented online only.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2019 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply for the alternative qualification during the next application period.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
ECS4861 - Advanced Macroeconomics Pre-requisite:ECS3701 (Only applicable for 98256 qualification)
ECS4862 - Advanced Microeconomics
ECS4863 - Advanced Econometrics Recommendation:ECS3706 or ECS307K
HRECS83 - Research Report in Economics Co-requisite:One of the following: ECS4864, ECS4865, ECS4866 or ECS4867
Group B. Choose any 2 electives
ECS4864 - Money, Banking and Financial Markets
ECS4865 - Advanced International Economics
ECS4866 - Advanced Public Economics
ECS4867 - Advanced Development Economics