Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce in Economics

Qualification stream: (Extended Program)
Qualification code: 98305 - FEC
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 5563
APS/AS: 20
Rules:
*It is strongly recommended that students should complete all foundation modules before commencing with the second year. *Students will be allowed to continue with the 2nd year after successfully completing three foundation modules and while registered for the remaining foundation modules. *Students will not be allowed to progress beyond the 2nd year without having completed all foundation modules.*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 qualifiers with graduate-level knowledge, specific skills, applied competence and the necessary attitudes in the fields associated with commerce and industry that prepare them to be lifelong learners, employable workers/entrepreneurs and contributors to society and the business community. The second purpose of the qualification is to provide South Africa (and other countries) with functional managers at the middle management level in all sectors of the economy. A further purpose of the qualification is to provide graduates with a self-sustaining understanding of the process whereby productive resources are mobilised and utilized with a view to being gainfully employed in serving the material needs of society in a globalised world.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

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.

First level

Second level

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
DSC2604 - Financial Modelling Pre-requisite:DSC1630 or QMG102Q
ECS2601 - Microeconomics Pre-requisite:ECS1501 (ECS1016)
ECS2602 - Macroeconomics Pre-requisite:ECS1601 or ECS1028
ECS2603 - South African Economic Indicators Pre-requisite:ECS1601 or ECS1028
FIN2601 - Financial Management Pre-requisite:FAC1601, MNB1601 & ECS1601
INV2601 - Investments: an Introduction Pre-requisite:MNB1601 & (either FIN2601 or FIN2603)
MAC2601 - Principles of Management Accounting Pre-requisite:FAC1502 & (either BNU1501 or QMI1500 or DSC1630)(except for qualification code 90017)
MAC2602 - Principles of Strategy, Risk & Financial Management Techniques Pre-requisite:FAC1502 & (either BNU1501 or QMI1500 or DSC1630) (except for qualification code 90017)
Group B. Choose 1 from the following
ECS2604 - Labour Economics Pre-requisite:ECS1601 or ECS1028
ECS2605 - South African Financial System Pre-requisite:ECS1601 or ECS1028
ECS2606 - Environmental Economics
ECS2607 - Economics of Tourism Pre-requisite:ECS1601 or ECS1028
ECS2608 - Economic History of the World Pre-requisite:ECS1601 or ECS1028
ECS2609 - Economic History of South Africa Pre-requisite:ECS1601 or ECS1028

Fourth level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
ECS3701 - Monetary Economics Pre-requisite:ECS2602 or ECS202B
ECS3702 - International Trade Pre-requisite:ECS2601 or ECS201A
ECS3703 - International Finance Pre-requisite:ECS2602 or ECS202B
ECS3704 - Public Economics Pre-requisite:ECS2601 or ECS201A
ECS3705 - History of Economic Thought Pre-requisite:ECS2601 & ECS2602 or ECS201A & ECS202B
ECS3706 - Econometrics Pre-requisite:ECS2601, ECS2602 & (DSC1520 or QMI1500 or [STA1501 & STA1502])
ECS3707 - Development Economics Pre-requisite:ECS2601 & ECS2602 or ECS201A & ECS202B
IOP3708 - Investor Psychology
MAC3701 - Application of Management Accounting Techniques Pre-requisite:MAC2601
MAC3702 - Application of Financial Management Techniques Pre-requisite:MAC2602