Postgraduate

NBS8332 : Financial Theory

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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. The module is essential for students who wish to either undertake research in the finance profession or work for investment banks.

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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials361:0036:0018 hours of delivered lecture + 18 hours of student learning time
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading198:0098:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities181:0018:0018 student learner hours of non-synchronous online structured guided learning.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery180:309:00whole group online Q/A
Total200:00
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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination992A10024 hour exam
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
LBS8332Financial Theory1London equivalent module
Formative Assessments
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

The essay question as well as the MCQ test are designed to encourage study across a broad range of topics. The section containing MCQs will be used to assess students in their ability to solve numerical problems. The section comprising of essay-type questions will be used to assess students in their ability to properly explain concepts and ideas by using words, diagrams and equations.

Reading Lists

Timetable