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Course Details in 2021/22 Session

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Module Title LI Financial Markets and Institutions
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Economics
Module Code 07 33188
Module Lead Paola Paiardini
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-40 hours
Guided independent study-160 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description This module provides an introduction to financial markets and financial institutions. The module focuses first on understanding financial markets and introduces students to key asset classes (stocks, bonds, options). Topics may include the role and behaviour of interest rates, risk and the term structure, the theory of Rational Expectations and the Efficient Market Hypothesis. The module then focuses on the role of financial institutions in the economy. Topics may include the economic analysis of financial structure, banking and the management of financial institutions, the economic analysis of financial regulation, the structure and competition within the banking industry, and financial crises.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main financial instruments and the economic principles underlying their use;
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of what a financial system is and what it does;
  • apply concepts and principles to evaluate the role of financial institutions and financial instruments in the economy.
Assessment 33188-02 : 2 hour Exam : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (50%)
33188-03 : Canvas test 1 : Coursework (25%)
33188-04 : Canvas test 2 : Coursework (25%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment:
2 x class tests (25% each)
2-hour final exam (50%)

Reassessment: by failed element
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