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Durham University

Postgraduate Module Handbook 2021/2022

Archive Module Description

This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23
No such Code for pgprog: N2K307
No such Code for pgprog: N5K107
No such Code for pgprog: N6K107
No such Code for pgprog: N1KY07
No such Code for pgprog: N2K507
No such Code for pgprog: N5K407
No such Code for pgprog: N1N107
No such Code for pgprog: N6K207
No such Code for pgprog: N5K507

Department: Management and Marketing

BUSI45I15: THEORY OF FINANCE (ONLINE)

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Not available in 2021/22
Tied to N2K307
Tied to N5K107
Tied to N6K107
Tied to N1KY07
Tied to N2K507
Tied to N5K407
Tied to N1N107
Tied to N6K207
Tied to N5K507

Prerequisites

  • None

Corequisites

  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.

Aims

  • To provide a rigorous grounding in the theory of modern finance and a thorough synthesis of the important current research in finance. There will be an emphasis on the applications of the principles and relevance of the theory to the practice of financial management. Both normative and positive aspects of financial theory will be examined, together with supporting descriptive and empirical evidence.

Content

  • An introduction to financial theory;
  • The valuation of risky future cash flows;
  • Stock valuation;
  • Bond valuation;
  • Risk & return and portfolio theory;
  • CAPM, recent developments and applications;
  • Market efficiency;
  • Introduction to options;
  • Introduction to futures contracts.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module, students will have:
  • an advanced knowledge and critical understanding of essential components of modern finance theory and associated current research;
  • a critical appreciation of the complexity and contradictions of the current academic literature and its implications for professional financial management practice.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of the module, students will:
  • be able to learn and work independently in finance, exercising critical judgement and discrimination in the resolution of complex situations;
  • be able to use highly specialised and advanced technical, professional and academic skills in the analysis of relevant specific problems in financial management;
  • be able to apply problem-solving and analytical skills to issues in financial management in a complex specialised context.
Key Skills:
  • Written communication;
  • planning, organising and time management;
  • problem solving and analysis;
  • using initiative;
  • computer literacy
  • Written communication; planning, organising and time management; problem solving and analysis; using initiative; computer literacy.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The module is delivered via online learning, divided up into study weeks with specially produced resources within each week. Resources vary according to the learning outcomes but normally include: video content, directed reading, reflection through activities, opportunities for self-assessment and peer-to-peer learning within a tutor-facilitated discussion board. Tutors provide feedback on formative work and facilitate discussion board communication as well as being available for individual consultation as necessary (usually by email and Skype). 
  • The summative assessment of the module is designed to test the acquisition and articulation of knowledge and critical understanding, and skills of application and interpretation within the business context.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Video content, directed reading, self-assessed assignments and guidance for further reading 150
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Takeaway assessment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Takeaway assessment 3000 words (maximum) in total 100% Same

Formative Assessment:

A written assignment of 1,500 words, or its multimedia equivalent, which may involve some group work.


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University