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AC.F380: Foundations of Banking


Department: Accounting and Finance NCF Level: FHEQ/QCF/NQF6//RQF6
Study Level: Part II (final year) Credit Points: 15.0
Start Date: 09-10-2017 End Date: 04-05-2018
Available for Online Enrolment?: Y Enrolment Restriction: Fully available to all students
Module Convenor: Professor K Schaeck

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

  • The student must take 1 modules from the following group:

CMod description

  • This module provides a foundation in banking by familiaring students with the basic business activities of banks, and illustrates the role of banks for the economy while retaining a bank-level rather than a macroeconomic perspective. It also highlights the role of regulation and supervision in the banking industry to differentiate banking from all other industries, and how crises reshape regulation in banking. The objective of this module is to introduce banking and what is special about it into the curriculum to equip students with a basic foundation to pursue careers in in the banking industry.

Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabus

  • The module is divided into three parts. First, the module commences with a brief overview of what is special about banking and why banks exist. Following a brief exposition of the microeconomic theory behind banking, the module will then introduce different types of banks (retail, wholesale, investment banks,...) and the international provision of banking services, as well as it discusses the role of central banks. Here, the focus is on the toolkit of central bankers and central bank objectives. The second part of the module focuses on bank management, banking risks, and the industrial organization of banking systems. Particular focus is on risk management in banks using VaR analysis, asset- and liability management, and key financial ratios. The module will also explore the role of market structure and competition in banking. The third and final part of the module concludes with a discussion of banking crises. the role of regulation and supervision in banking, and how crises shape regulation.

Curriculum Design: Single, Combined or Consortial Schemes to which the Module Contributes

  • BSc Finance, BSc Accounting and Finance, BSc Finance and Management, BSc Accounting and Economics, BSc Finance and Economics, BSc Accounting, Finance, and Mathematics, BSc Accounting, Finance, and Computer Science, BSc Financial Mathematics (the module is an elective). The module will also be available on the corresponding industry-degrees (i.e., 4-year UG programmes).

  • 75% Exam
  • 25% Coursework

Assessment: Details of Assessment

  • 75% exam

    15% coursework (students will be given details of a bank balance sheet to compute and interpret key ratios)

    10% coursework (via multiple choice tests)

Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • This module provides a foundation in banking by familiaring students with the basic business activities of banks, and illustrates the role of banks for the economy while retaining a bank-level rather than a macroeconomic perspective. It also highlights the role of regulation and supervision in the banking industry to differentiate banking from all other industries, and how crises reshape regulation in banking. The objective of this module is to introduce banking and what is special about it into the curriculum to equip students with a basic foundation to pursue careers in in the banking industry. 

Educational Aims: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • This module is fundamental to understand basic banking activities and their role in the economy.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will

    1. be able to explain why banks exist, by referring to basic financial intermediation theory,

    2. be able to discuss what banks do (in terms of business activities),

    3. be able to to compute basic financial ratios for banks and interpret these figures,

    4. be able to explain why the banking industry is heavily regulated,

    5. also be able interpret press items about the banking industry.

Learning Outcomes: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • 1. On successful completion of this module students will be able to develop and demonstrate analystical skills in terms of of reading and interpreting news related to the banking industry.

    2. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to interpret regulatory guidelines and apply them to bank balance sheet items.

    3. Students will be able to hone their skills of working in teams.

    4. Students will be able to develop and refine presentation skills by giving short presentations.

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