REVIEW OF THE BACHELOR OF AGRICULTURE, THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

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FIVE-YEAR ACADEMIC PROGRAM REVIEW: UNDERGRADUATE ECONOMICS PROGRAMS Bachelor of Economics Bachelor of Economics (International Agricultural Business) The School of Economics is responsible for teaching economics to students in a range of undergraduate degrees in the University, and in all areas of theoretical and applied economics, economic statistics and econometrics, some areas of finance, economic history, international economics, and development economics. The Bachelor of Economics may be taken as part of double or concurrent degrees. For the purpose of this review, only the Bachelor of Economics component of the Bachelor of Economics with Bachelor of Finance double degree is to be considered. The review is to take place as part of the University’s five-year program review cycle. It is the second review of programs taught within the School of Economics in the current cycle; the recommendations of the previous review should be taken into account. The review report and recommendations for implementation are available at <http://www.adelaide.edu.au/pvclq/reviews/reports/>. The review also takes place soon after the release of the University’s latest Strategic Plan. The Plan’s stated aim is to ensure that the University of Adelaide assists the University to continue building its credentials as a great research University, which includes “recognising the inter-relationship of its research and teaching activities” and the “central importance of its students and the responsibility to provide them with a superior educational experience through its teaching excellence”. The review will consider: 1. The appropriateness of the structure and delivery of the programs, including teaching methodology, modes of delivery, assessment practices and distribution of teaching load; 2. The coverage of the programs, with particular emphasis on the proportion of core and elective courses across the programs and the articulation between levels within the programs and to the Bachelor of Economics (Honours) program; 3. The programs’ performance and outcomes, benchmarked against similar programs at other Go8 universities. The areas to be explored will include learning and teaching outcomes, student evaluations of experience; staffing; and financial indicators; 4. The links between the School’s research program and performance and the aspects of its teaching performance identified in the first three terms of reference. 5. Issues affecting demand with respect to competition in South Australia and interstate, and marketing the programs within Australia and internationally. 6. The views of current staff, students and external stakeholders of the School, including employers and alumni. In making its recommendations, the review panel should assume that there is unlikely to be an increase in the resources provided from internal University funds, but is invited to indicate the highest priorities for the use of extra resources should they be made available.


				
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