Justification and Additional Information about the Commerce Degree

The plan has a total of 240 credits distributed across four years of 60 credits, divided in turn into two semesters of 30 credits each, which includes all theory and practical education that the student must acquire.

General distribution of the study plan by subject type is as per the following table:

Type of Subject Credits to be Studied Offered Credits
Core Courses 60 60
Compulsory 132 132
Optional 36 72
End of Degree Project 6 6
External Placements 6 6
Total 240 276 (Maximum)

The core subjects are concentrated in the first year and refer to basic subjects from two key areas included in Royal Decree 1393/2007.

Therefore, the field of Social and Legal Sciences includes three subjects: Companies, Economics and Statistics, which in turn include nine subjects worth six credits each, totalling 54 credits. Passing a minimum of 36 credits for core subjects pertaining to the degree, and full allocation of the core subjects to the first year, will facilitate student mobility within the legal-social field.

The field of Sciences includes amongst its basic subjects one (Mathematics) with six credits.

The plan has 22 compulsory subjects of six credits each, divided between the second year and the first term of the fourth.

Optional subjects are concentrated in the fourth year of the Degree course. In total there are twelve subjects of 6 credits each (72 credits), from which the student may select 6 subjects totalling 36 credits.

The End of Degree Project, worth 6 credits, is compulsory and carried out during the last term of year 4.

Likewise, the External Placements are compulsory and carried out during the last term of year 4.

Teaching Plan Rationale

As indicated, the core subjects are concentrated totally within the first year. As well as facilitating the mobility of students from an early point in their studies, these are sore subjects that provide the expertise and knowledge essential for the initial education of our students. A basic requirement to achieve the incremental evolution of knowledge in a student who has normally come from the previous level within the educational system and therefore requires gradual adaptation.

To this effect, special care has been taken to ensure that, as the student progresses through the curriculum, they do not carry with them any educational deficiencies caused by lack of knowledge surrounding basic content.

For this reason, and also because of the interest of the drafting commission in improving mobility within the branch of Social and Legal Sciences, 54 of the 60 basic credits belong to this branch.

The second year of the Degree is also constructed around this philosophy, so that during this year there are still preliminary-type subjects for some disciplines (Information Technology Applied to Commercial Management, Taxation, Commercial Law, etc.) and also others that require the basics taught in year one (Financial Accounting, Strategic Marketing, etc.). We would also emphasize the presence here of the first level of language, which is to ensure the level of language skills attained during secondary education is not lost. Progression of this discipline throughout the curriculum begins in the second year and continues uninterrupted thereafter.

The third year and first term of the fourth are replete with subjects that involve an advanced level of discipline, and therefore demand a rigorous knowledge base. In many cases they also require the In many cases they also require a multidisciplinary approach on the part of the students. We are referring to subjects such as: Management of Subsidies, Foreign Trade Management, Integrated Planning and Commercial Management Systems or Creation of Commercial Companies, among others.

In compliance with regional regulations and University of Vigo guidelines, the Commerce Degree curriculum provides a total of 72 optional credits (12 subjects), of which the student must choose 36 (6 subjects). These options for the most part help the student to deepen their skills and the knowledge acquired within the core and compulsory subjects already studied.

Both the End of Degree Project and the External Placements are scheduled for the second term of the last year of the Commerce Degree. The rationale for this is the need for the student to have acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to handle subjects at advanced and multidisciplinary levels.

Because of its comprehensive nature, the End of Degree Project requires 180 credits, including all core subject credits.

As was done in the old Diploma system, this Degree will also encourage the use of at least one of the foreign languages offered within the curriculum. This extends not only to the End of Degree Project, but also to similar activities undertaken voluntarily in other subjects, without this implying the requirement of a prior level of expertise in any of those languages.

For the same reasons as with the End of Degree Project, the External Placements also feature during the second term of the final year. They similarly require completion of 180 credits, including all core subject credits.

Regulations on Continuation of Studies and Recommendations for studying the Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to be adhered to over consecutive terms and completion time of the studies coincides with the four academic years over which it has been scheduled.

There are no "key subjects", but the curriculum design assumes that the student will have greater difficulty in moving forward if there are any educational deficiencies.

The only exception is, as we have already indicated, for the End of Degree Project and the External Placements.

Recognition of credits for other activities

In accordance with provisions in state, regional or University of Vigo regulations, a student may obtain recognition of up to 6 ECTS credits for their participation in cultural, university, sporting or student representation-related activities, which will be subtracted from the total number of optional credits to be taken.

The mechanisms for the recognition of these credits, as well as the criteria of evaluation and the procedures to be followed can be found in: University of Vigo regulations on continuation of studies.