SM9547 - Finance and International Business

What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will be exploring the field of finance in international business and builds on the basic level of knowledge of finance from your foundation level finance module. It is important to understand the rationale behind the globalisation process and this module will expose you to the financial drivers in that process. Starting with a refresher on basic finance, you will engage with imperatives in international project decisions, capital raising in international markets, capital deployment and management by multinational enterprises, banking aspects in international markets and country and multilateral participation in driving international finance. Topic areas will be as follows.

- Corporate valuation, capital budgeting, working capital concepts and cost-volume-profit and financial ratio analysis (mainly a refresher)
- Solvency concepts
- International project risks; currency risks
- Risk and regulation in country financial markets that impact multinational operation
- Banks and their role in international finance: cost, impact and regulation
- Enablers and barriers of international money movement
- Finance in international business and society

How will I learn on this module?

In this module you will have one-hour weekly lecture where you will be exposed to the theories and concepts. You will then have two-hour weekly seminars which will be based on case discussions and learning activities driven by group work with a lot of formative feedback. A Teaching and Learning Plan will guide your engagement schedule in the module.
Your directed study will support the work you have undertaken in the classroom sessions. Your Independent learning time is set aside and supported by workshops in class learning activities to help you gain a deeper and broader knowledge of the subject.
You will also have a few highly relevant practitioner talks that will connect your learning to the real world of finance today. The electronic learning platform Blackboard Ultra will make available digital content. All of this will be aimed at enhancing critical thinking and independent learning.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your class lectures are supported by two-hour weekly seminars with extensive formative feedback on specific tasks you will do. You will have access to a variety of learning materials available through Blackboard Ultra the e-learning platform. You will also be provided with readings for each of the themes to assist conceptual and applied understanding of the various facets of finance as it relates to international business in corporate, national and international contexts. The reading materials will include journal articles, reports and case studies, company reports, newspaper and magazine articles, videos and other web sources.
The module teaching and learning will include several distinct as well as inter-related tasks. This will help your active participation in the learning process. The eLearning portal will be used to host these tasks for your easy access at all times. You will also be encouraged to engage through the portal online for enhancing your learning.

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:

• Develop and demonstrate critical understanding of the role of finance in corporate, national and international settings - MLO1
• Analyse and synthesise understanding of the promise and limits of finance in global business and society – MLO2

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

• Research, analysis and synthesis skills; presentation skills; debating skills – MLO3
• Reflection and succinct expression of learnt content – MLO4

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

• Develop an appreciation of the impact of international finance on business, culture and society – MLO5

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
This will occur in terms of tutor feedback throughout the semester on individual and group work in discussions and presentation tasks.

Summative assessment:
A 20% MCQ test assessment.
This will assess content knowledge
(Assesses MLO1, MLO2, MLO4, MLO5)

An 80% assignment-based assessment on a 2500-word submission.
This will assess the knowledge and understanding of content and the nuances and complexities of international finance in business as also its impact on societal progress.
(Assesses MLO1, MLO3, MLO4, MLO5)





Module abstract

The module will first be a refresher of the finance exposure in your first year. It will then build further to introduce you to finance as it relates to international business (IB) and take you through the concepts of international project risks and funding, currency risks, country risks and regulation, international banking function and multilateral agency roles in IB. It will also help you develop an insight into the role, promise and limits of international finance in global business and society over time.

Course info

UCAS Code N180

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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