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3.3.1    Double Degree Programme in Business Analytics and Economics (Honours/non-Honours)

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Overview of Programme

Business analytics studies the application of data analysis to improve business performance. Economics focuses on the behaviour and interactions of different types of economic agents (consumers, workers, firms, government, etc.), and how economies work. They are complementary disciplines that build on each other, but with different focuses (namely, a business focus vs. a focus on the whole society).

Combining the tools and applications of both will give students a broader ability to add value in business settings, both with an understanding of the different aspects of the economy that may be relevant to the business as well as the in-depth business skills covered in business analytics. Likewise, those involved in economic analysis, economic consulting and economic policy will have a better appreciation of business decision making in practice.

The DDP programme enables students to attain, by the time of graduation:

  • Strong knowledge of data analytics, computing and economics foundations and fundamentals, including (a) familiarity with data analytics and programming principles, (b) high and broad understanding of the application of analytics in various industrial domains, and (c) in-depth understanding of economics policies and levers to fuel the development of Singapore economy.
  • An ability to function effectively in teams to accomplish a common goal.
  • An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security, social issues and responsibilities of analytics and economics professionals.
  • An ability to analyse the local and global impact of data analytics on individuals, organisations, society and global economic ecosystem.
  • Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuous professional development.

Admissions (Direct and In-progress) 

Students will be admitted to the double degree programme only if they meet the requirements of both the School of Computing and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. A Programme Committee comprising staff members from both faculties will review the student applications. Admission is on competitive basis and on academic merits.

Students may be admitted to the programme in one of three ways:
a. By direct application from Junior College, Polytechnic or other pre-universities/institutions.
b. By application during their first year of study in the School of Computing.
c. By application during their first year of study in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Programme Requirements

The course structure is designed course structure is designed to meet the honours requirements of the two disciplines in 5 years with at least 200 Modular Credits (MCs). In the case of single honours requirements (i.e., Honours in Business Analytics discipline and bachelor without honours in Economics discipline), the course structure is designed for students to complete in 4.5 years with a total of 180 Modular Credits (MCs). Students may pursue either a double honours or a single honours programme.

(A) BSc in Business Analytics (Honours) – B.Soc. Sci. (Honours) in Economics Double Honours Programme

The double honours programme requires students to take a minimum of 204 MCs for both  B.Sc. in Business Analytics (Hons.) — B.Soc.Sci. (Hons.) (Economics) :

B.Sc. in Business Analytics (Hons.) and B.Soc.Sci.(Economics) (Hons.)      MCs 
University Level Requirements 20
GEMs (one from each of the 5 Pillars) 20
Business Analytics Requirements 76
Core Modules
Elective Modules
52
24
Economics Requirements 73
Core Modules
Faculty Modules
Elective Modules
24
12
37
Common Modules 16
EC1101E Introduction to Economics Analysis
IS2101 Business and Technical Communication
MA1521 Calculus for Computing, or MA1312 Calculus with Applications
ST2334 Probability and Statistics
4
4
4
4
Thesis/Industry Internship a 15/27
Total 204/216

a Students pursuing DDP with double honours (i.e., honours in Business Analytics and honours in Economics) can choose one of the following: (1) integrated honours thesis (either XFC4102 or XFA4406 [15 MCs], or (2) Industry Internship Programme (for Business Analytics) and honours thesis (for Economics) [27 MCs]. Students aiming for Honours (Highest Distinction) in Business Analytics are required to select option (1). 

(B) BSc in Business Analytics (Honours) – B.A. (Economics) Single Honours Programme

The single honours programme requires students to take a total of 180 MCs for both  BSc in Business Analytics (Hons.) — B.A. (Economics):

B.Sc.(Business Analytics) (Hons.) and B.A.(Economics)    MCs   
University Level Requirements 20
GEMs (one from each of the 5 Pillars) 20
Business Analytics Requirements 76
Core Modules
Elective Modules
52
24
Economics Requirements 48
Core Modules
Faculty Modules
Elective Modules
20
12
16
Common Modules 16
EC1101E Introduction to Economics Analysis
IS2101 Business and Technical Communication
MA1521 Calculus for Computing, or MA1312 Calculus with Applications
ST2334 Probability and Statistics
4
4
4
4
Thesis/Industry Internship b 12
Unrestricted Electives 8
Total 180

b Students pursuing DDP with single honours (i.e., honours in Information Systems) and Bachelor without honours in Economics) can choose one of the following: (1) honours dissertation (i.e. BT4101) (for Business Analytics), or (2) Industry Internship Programme (for Business Analytics). Students aiming for Honours (Highest Distinction) in Business Analytics are required to select option (1). Regardless of the choice, students are highly encouraged to select a dissertation topic or internship assignment that covers both economics and information systems domain.

Notes:
(1) USP/U-Town students are not required to read FAS1101. USP/UTown students may replace FAS1101 with UWC2101, UTW1001, or UTW2001. USP students who are in this DDP are also exempted from reading IS2101 because USR4002A Intellectual Responsibility in a Complex World is considered to be an equivalent. In the event that you exit from USP without having read UW2101% or USR4002A, you would need to read FAS1101 and IS2101 respectively. 

(2) FASS students who are admitted into the DDP after the first year of studies are also required to read FAS1101, and FAS1103 and CFG1002.  This is because these three modules have to be completed within the first year of study.  

(3) Students in this DDP need not read and pass GET1050 Computational Reasoning to fulfil the University’s Computational Thinking requirement although this is an identified module for FASS students. This is because this requirement is already fulfilled within the Business Analytics degree requirements. Therefore, please take steps to choose another GET module to fulfil your GET pillar requirement. The grade and credits of the Business Analytics module (CS1010S) will count towards the BZA degree requirement only.

Exit

Students can choose to leave the programme or can be required to leave it if they fail to meet the continuation requirements. Students who choose to leave the double honours degree programme are permitted to work for a single degree in either one of the two disciplines instead. A student who does not maintain a CAP of 3.75 in modules contributing to the original degree, and a CAP of 3.25 for the second degree for any two consecutive semesters will be required to withdraw from the DDP by withdrawing from the second degree programme.

DDP students whose home faculty is FASS – in the event that you exit from the DDP and have not read the identified Computational Thinking Module offered by the School of Computing (i.e. CS1010S), you would need to read GET1050. This will likely be counted towards your unrestricted elective requirement and may potentially be an excess module, if you have already read another GET module. Do note that for excess modules read, the grades will still be factored into your CAP.

DDP students whose home faculty is School of Computing – there is no impact if you were to exit from the DDP as CS1010S is a core requirement of your Business Analytics degree. Please read a GET module other than GET1050 to fulfil your Thinking & Expression pillar.

Modular Credits completed in the double degree programme will be counted towards the fulfilment of the degree requirements of their single degree, subject to the normal limits of the Faculty curriculum.

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