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NBS8203 : Retail and Investment Banking

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Nikolaos Papanikolaou
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module enables students to gain a thorough understanding of the operation of retail and investment banks in the financial system and the economy as a whole. Attention is paid to the informational asymmetries and market frictions as well as to topics concerned with bank performance, the measurement and management of individual bank risks, the bank systemic risk, and the role of banks in the propagation of a financial crisis. The various regulatory and supervisory policies designed to prevent or to address the problems in the operation of the banking system across time are presented and discussed. Some key knowledge on sustainable and green banking is also offered.

Outline Of Syllabus

The key topics that this module covers are the following:

Financial Markets & Financial Institutions; Financial Intermediation Theories; The Role of Asymmetric Information in the Banking Sector; Bank Balance Sheet & Income Statement; Bank Performance; Individual Banking Risks; Systemic Risk; Bank Risk Management; Bank Regulation & Supervision; Securitisation & The Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis; Sustainable and Green Banking.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture72:0014:00PiP Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion131:0031:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading130:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00PiP seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time21:002:002 hs of whole cohort on-line sessions:1h mid-term follow-up clinic,1h pre-assessment clinic
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures present, discuss, and analyse the key theories, concepts, tools, and techniques in Retail and Investment Banking.

Small group teaching (i.e., Seminars) illustrate the material covered in lectures and are mainly based on case studies, numerical exercises, and real-life examples to help student to acquire a more practical view of the material covered in lectures.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A100Alternative mode of assessment: 24-hour exam paper
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The 90 minute closed book written examination will be based on a mixture of theoretical/essay-type and numerical/practical questions that will meet the Intended Learning Aims and the Learning Outcomes of the module.

If needed (e.g., due to a deterioration of the public health situation), an alternative assessment mode (i.e., 24-hour exam paper) is proposed.

Reading Lists