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Undergraduate Finance 2017-2018

FI1004: FINANCE 1: FINANCE, RISK AND INVESTMENT

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

This foundation course in finance, risk and investment is the requisite for several degree programmes and for level 2 real estate and finance courses. The module considers the nature and operation of investment markets, focusing on three asset classes; shares, bonds and real estate. It looks at the characteristics of these investment options in terms of their risks and returns. The module introduces basic financial mathematics: time value of money, calculation of present values and investment rates of return. Finally, it considers the role of financial institutions and regulatory bodies in personal finance, where consumers and financial markets interact.

FI1004: FINANCE 1: FINANCE, RISK AND INVESTMENT

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

This foundation course in finance, risk and investment is the requisite for several degree programmes and for level 2 real estate and finance courses. The module considers the nature and operation of investment markets, focusing on three asset classes; shares, bonds and real estate. It looks at the characteristics of these investment options in terms of their risks and returns. The module introduces basic financial mathematics: time value of money, calculation of present values and investment rates of return. Finally, it considers the role of financial institutions and regulatory bodies in personal finance, where consumers and financial markets interact.

FI1004: FINANCE 1: FINANCE, RISK AND INVESTMENT

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

This foundation course in finance, risk and investment is the requisite for several degree programmes and for level 2 real estate and finance courses. The module considers the nature and operation of investment markets, focusing on three asset classes; shares, bonds and real estate. It looks at the characteristics of these investment options in terms of their risks and returns. The module introduces basic financial mathematics: time value of money, calculation of present values and investment rates of return. Finally, it considers the role of financial institutions and regulatory bodies in personal finance, where consumers and financial markets interact.

FI2001: PERSONAL INVESTMENT

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

The objective of the course is to introduce the concept of personal financial management. This is done by developing financial awareness and capability in evaluating contemporary products of the financial services industry through an understanding of the industry's institutions, regulation, marketing and products. The aim is to give students the knowledge that they need to make long term decisions about their own and other people's finances that will increase life-time wealth. They will also learn about the role of the financial advisor and the qualifications required both from the perspective  of a consumer and as a potential career option.

FI2004: FINANCE 2: BUSINESS FINANCE

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

The main aim of this course is to develop a sound understanding of fundamental principles underlying the theory and practice of finance, thereby providing a strong basis for further study of advanced finance theory and cognate disciplines. The course introduces students to important concepts in finance: principles of assets pricing,  concept of risk and return, theory of interest rates and pricing fixed income securities, evaluation of investment project with a focus on embedded real options. It equips students with good analytical skills in order to understand the implications of financial decisions by understanding  the fundamentals that govern them.

FI2501: FINANCIAL MARKETS AND REGULATION

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

This course provides students with an understanding of the financial system, primarily from a UK perspective, introducing students to the reasons for, and nature of, financial markets and institutions before moving on to explore the need and importance of financial regulation, and investigating the causes and consequences of the recent global financial crisis. The course will introduce students to a variety of topics including the role of wholesale and retail banks, non-bank financial institutions, the debt and equity markets, and the derivative markets; market efficiency, UK and international regulation, consumer protection and market abuse.

FI3004: FINANCE 3: CORPORATE FINANCE

30 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This course introduces students to a number of areas of corporate finance including examining capital structure theory, project valuation models, the financing decisions of the firm, and corporate restructuring (including reorganisations and mergers and acquisitions). The main aim of the course is to equip students with good analytical skills in order to understand the implications of corporate financing decisions by understanding why companies behave the way they do with respect to financing choices and how this interacts with the real world financial markets, and to enable students to understand the theoretical underpinnings of corporate finance theory.

FI3503: INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

30 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

This course is about international financial management; illustrated by using theory, data, examples and practical case scenarios to consider methods for making international financial decisions.  A central theme of the course is the evaluation and management of risks that arise in international financial markets. Topics include: the concept of globalisation and the characteristics of multinational corporations; foreign exchange markets, international parity conditions and exchange rate determination; international capital markets, international financing and political risk; risk management, foreign currency hedging and foreign currency derivatives.

FI4002: FINANCIAL STRATEGY AND INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

30 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

Covering the intellectually and commercially fertile ground at the accountancy/finance interface. Considering financial analysis from both theoretical and practical angles. Do you need to understand financial reporting to be an investor? How should we assess the success of an acquisition? Why do accountants think mergers don’t exist? How do companies decide on financing strategies? Does corporate governance and ethics really matter – do share prices react to it? These are some of the questions we will address alongside using DataStream and the ThomsonReuters Eikon system. The course might give you some ideas for your dissertation too.

FI4003: EMPIRICAL METHODS IN FINANCE

30 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

This course aims to provide an overview of quantitative methods needed to conduct empirical research in finance and financial economics.  The course is intended to enable students

i) To develop knowledge and understanding of the theoretical practical approaches to quantitative methods in finance.

ii) To develop the practical quantitative skills to equip students for dissertations in finance and for on-going work in the finance area.

iii) To develop intellectual skills by understanding of the appropriate use of statistical techniques for various financial problems.

iv)  To develop the ability to write extended research reports on original topics in finance

FI4501: DISSERTATION IN FINANCE

30 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

All Accountancy and Finance students must undertake a dissertation. Students taking a joint degree may undertake the dissertation in either discipline, but not both.  It is designed to show that you are able to:

Carry out a substantial piece of research on a chosen subject without close supervision

Critically analyse and evaluate work carried out by others

Reach your own conclusions based upon your analysis and evaluation of relevant evidence, whether this is prior research only or prior research coupled with your own research.  

Write-up the results of your work in a clear, coherent and logical way.

FI4503: DERIVATIVES AND TREASURY MANAGEMENT

30 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

The main aim of this course is to provide students with a thorough understanding of basic derivative contracts: options, forwards, futures, swaps, interest rate derivatives, written on a variety of underlying instruments. It will introduce students to essential areas in derivatives from both theoretical and practical perspective: the pricing mechanism of derivatives and mathematical derivation of Black-Scholes model, the derivatives trading, the organization and structure of derivatives markets. The course will equip students with good analytical skills in order to be able to incorporate derivatives into asset portfolio management, use them for hedging purposes, apply different derivatives trading strategies.

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