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NBS8332 : Financial Theory

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jose Liu
  • Lecturer: Dr Andrei Stancu
  • Other Staff: Dr Rama Kanungo
  • 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 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


To provide the foundations in financial theory and its applications. To present the way of posing financial problems, the process of formulating them and applying theoretical concepts to complex corporate problems. To help students "think like economists" and gain the analytical and quantitative skills of management.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module is spread over two semesters. The aim of the module in the first semester is to provide an introduction to the valuation of financial securities. The aim of the module in the second semester is to introduce students to the theory and empirical evidence relevant for investment decisions. Examples for the topics include diversification, prices and returns in capital markets, market inefficiency, and portfolio management.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture142:0028:00PiP lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Time for students to prepare for exams
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading166:0066:00Estimated, based on 3 hours per teaching week, not necessarily to be done in a particular week
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00PiP seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study138:0038:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time21:002:00drop-in surgery
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

- Lectures provide an overview of the main topics.
- small group teaching reinforce lecture material.
- drop-in/surgery provide students with the opportunity to monitor progress.
- in structured research and reading students will be given tasks to develop and to practice knowledge.
- Guided indpendend study provide opportunity to engage with textbooks and other study material and to revise all material.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A100N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
1discontinued London equivalent module
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1Mgeneric feedback on whole cohort
Prob solv exercises1Mgeneric feedback on whole cohort
Prob solv exercises2Mgeneric feedback on whole cohort
Prob solv exercises2Mgeneric feedback on whole cohort
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Exam to assess students against the learning outcomes, in particular in their ability to properly explain concepts and ideas.

Alternative Online Assessment: In the case of an alternative semester 2 assessment (worth 100% of the overall module mark) being necessary due to circumstances, the module leader will in the first instance consult with the DPD as to the requirements of the professional accrediting body to discuss possible acceptable alternatives. In 2021/22 this alternative was a 24 hour take home exam delivered online, and it is envisioned that if circumstances do not allow a present-in-person timed exam at the end of semester 2, and the professional body agrees, than this may well be an example of the type of alternative assessment which could be put in place. If so, it will focus on essay-type questions.

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