ECO-20007 - Finance I
Coordinator: Jian Liu Tel: +44 (0)178233108
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733094

Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective





ECO-10027 Quantitative Methods 2

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Description for 2020/21

In this module, students will learn the elements of and theory behind successful stock market investment. You will learn about the structure and operations of financial markets and the factors that determine the prices of financial assets. You will learn how return and risk are measured and how these are reflected in financial asset prices. You will be introduced to how financial markets can be analysed for investment purposes and how investor behaviour impacts financial market decisions. This module (in combination with Finance 2) provides students with the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills in finance and financial markets recognised and accredited by Finance and Accounting professional bodies.

To provide students with an introduction and basic grounding in the field of finance, including an understanding of the structure, instruments and decision-making involved in finance and financial markets.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Understand the scope of the field of finance: 1,2
Explain the role and describe the structure of financial markets: 1
Calculate measures of returns to financial securities: 1
Apply discounting techniques to the valuation of financial securities: 1,2
Describe how shares and bonds are issued into and traded on security markets: 1,2
Understand and describe the nature of risk in financial markets: 2
Describe the features of the Capital Asset Pricing Model: 2
Explain the theory and evidence relating to security market efficiency: 2

Study hours

Lectures: 20 hours
Tutorials: 4 hours
Class test: 2 hours
Final Exam: 2 hours
Tutorial preparation: 24 hours
Class test preparation: 12 hours
Self-study and final exam revision 86 hours

School Rules

ECO-10026 Quantitative Methods 1 (assuming this will become available to all) and unless with CH Maths.

Description of Module Assessment

1: Computer Task weighted 35%
Mid-term test (computer-based exam)
1.5-hour computer-based exam of short answer questions, multiple choice questions, or both. The test will comprise up to 40 multiple choice questions.

2: Exam weighted 65%
End of semester exam (take-away exam)
Final exam is a take-away exam which will be available on KLE for 24-hours to answer and submit your answer via Turnitin File. Although students have been given significant time to complete this exam script, we expect most students to spend no more than 2 hours to complete and submit their answers via Turnitin (with a maximum of 2000 words). Answers should be as accurate and concise as possible. This final final exam is a combination of short and long answers, with a mix of calculations and analysis, interpretation and explanation. Choice of 4 questions from a set of 7 or 8 questions.