AF5045 - International Finance, Trade and the Banking Sector

What will I learn on this module?

On this module you will consider the management issues faced within the international business environment that many contemporary companies face on a day-to-day basis. It is designed from a real-world relevant point of view, and examines practical situations, with real world cases being used in seminars to highlight issues. As a result of the real world focus you will also be introduced to the key documents that are needed for international trade as well as consider how these issues impact the world of banking.

In particular you will study:

• Financial goals and corporate governance
• Raising international finance
• International investment decisions
• International business currency
• Financing international trade
• Guest lectures to explore International finance and the role of banking
• Professional and business ethical behaviour in an international context.

You will learn through lecturers, seminars, guided learning, and independent study. There will be two hours of lectures per week which will cover theories and concepts that will enable you to benefit from the experiential learning aspects of the seminars. There will be one hour of seminars per week which will be facilitated by group tasks, team working, communication and interpersonal skills and will allow you to reflect on your learning.

Use of the modules e-learning portal will be essential as this will support the work you will be undertaking in the lectures and seminars.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn by means of lectures (24 hours) and seminars (12 hours), supported by tutor-directed study and independent learning (152 hours).
This module is research led and research tutored. Module content is informed by the latest academic research available from international finance and trade studies to provide theoretical knowledge and to contextualise the practical application of the module content. The use of current research fosters proximity with topical debates.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will be provided to you by a member of academic staff leading the module and providing the lecture input. A small team of academic staff will be allocated to small seminar groups. They will be able to provide you a closer and more focused support.

Your module is supported by an e-learning portal, which houses the teaching and learning plan, lecture materials, workshop and seminar exercises, current and previous assessment information, period tests and details of additional resources such as online recordings.

You will be provided with a wide-ranging electronic reading list that comprises of various academic reports, conference papers and journal articles that showcase the application of various issues and topics presented in the module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding (KU):
Explain and analyse how International Trade is managed and controlled (MLO1).

• Understand and apply the role of financial management in the international business decision making context (MLO2).

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Explore and assess the issues faced by international companies when raising capital in global markets and conducting international trade (MLO3).

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities (IPSA):

• Explore and assess the issues faced by international companies when raising capital in global markets and conducting international trade (MLO3).

Personal Values Attributes (PVA):
Apply professional and business ethical dimensions when making decisions (MLO4).

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will be carried out on a continuous basis through the interaction in the seminars and workshops.

The formal summative assessment for this module is based on a 3,000 word assignment addressing the learning outcomes for the module, MLO1, MLO2, MLO3 and MLO4.


Appropriate to level 4 study



Module abstract

Management in the international business environment, that contemporary companies face, involves a fundamental knowledge of the key financial issues of raising capital, exchange rate management and how these impact the world of banking. The module is designed to teach you from a real-world relevant point of view and examining practical situations and using real world cases in seminars to bring the subject alive, highlight and contextualise the issues.

These topics will be considered from a corporate and social responsibility perspective and ethics considerations will be a running issue throughout the course.

Course info

UCAS Code N4N3

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 2 years full-time or 3 year sandwich

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2023

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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