AF4036 - Principles and Theories of Finance

What will I learn on this module?

This module provides you with an introduction to underpinning financial concepts upon which your degree will be based. You will learn about the financial system; interest rate theory; foreign exchange rate dynamics and the operation of the money, fixed income and equity markets. You will be introduced to a range of financial instruments including collective investments and socially responsible investments. You will learn about the concepts of utility, stock market efficiency, portfolio theory and the capital asset pricing model (CAPM). To apply the knowledge acquired in this module you will use real-time financial data extracted from leading financial software located in the NBS Trading Room. You will be required to use real-world data to enhance your skills in Microsoft Excel which are essential for both placement and graduate employability.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn the principles and theories of finance through lectures (24 hours), workshops (12 hours), tutor directed learning (82 hours) and independent learning (82 hours). In the lectures, the tutor will enhance your understanding of key concepts and subject material to enable you to meet the module learning outcomes. The lectures will be interactive and make use of both technology and current financial news and events to encourage your engagement. The workshops are an opportunity for you to further develop your understanding and knowledge of the topics by exploring them using real-time financial information and data available from financial software in the NBS Trading Room. Further, you will be undertaking both directed and independent learning. Directed learning will include a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for workshop activities and presentations and learning how to use the trading software. Independent learning facilitates your engagement with areas of interest within finance through a range of activities such as reading, reflection and research.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by a teaching and learning plan (TLP) that outlines the pattern and content of formal sessions, tutor-directed and independent study. All learning and teaching materials will be available through the e-learning module Blackboard site. Your lectures will be recorded and uploaded to the e-learning portal which you will be able to access to consolidate your knowledge and develop understanding. You will have access to the NBS Trading room, located in the Business School where you will be expected to build up your financial software proficiency. A series of on-line recordings will be provided to help you. Support will include feedback from tutors during small-group workshops and tutorials as well as opportunities for face-to-face and online assistance including informal feedback. You will have access to a range of reading and multi-media materials via the online reading list.

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: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding (KU):
• You will describe the principles, concepts, theories and terminology underpinning the subject of finance demonstrating an ability to interpret financial market information (MLO1).
• You will demonstrate an understanding of the trading software used to contextualise different financial theoretical concepts (MLO2).

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities (IPSA):

Personal Values Attributes (PVA):
• You will demonstrate an understanding of the current global markets and learn from past real-world examples of cultural and ethical financial behaviour (MLO3).

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
This will take place through group work, case study activities and theory/practice related discussions with your tutor in the workshops. As part of your formative assessment you will undertake a series of online modules accessed via the NBS trading terminals to assess your ability to understand the trading software. You should be aware that formative feedback can, and will, occur in any communication with the academic tutor.

Summative assessment:
The module will be assessed by one element:
Closed book 2 hour examination that will comprise of two sections:
Section 1: Multiple Choice Questions (80%) to assess your understanding of the module content (MLO1 and MLO2).
Section 2: An essay style question (20%) to test your understanding of how basic principles and theories relate to a real-world case study (MLO3).

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module provides you with an introduction to underpinning financial concepts upon which your degree will be based. You will learn about the financial system; interest rate theory; foreign exchange rate dynamics and the operation of the money, fixed income and equity markets. You will be introduced to a range of financial instruments including collective investments and socially responsible investments. You will learn about the concepts of utility, stock market efficiency, portfolio theory and the capital asset pricing model (CAPM). To apply the knowledge acquired in this module you will use real-time financial data extracted from leading financial software located in the NBS Trading Room. You will be required to use real-world data to enhance your skills in Microsoft Excel which are essential for both placement and graduate employability.

Course info

UCAS Code N395

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 year sandwich

Department Newcastle Business School

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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