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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

Department: Economics and Finance

ECON40A15: Bank Management

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2021/22
Tied to N3K409 Finance (Finance and Investment)
Tied to N3K309 Finance (Corporate and International Finance) (Last intake of students October 2021)
Tied to N3K109 Finance
Tied to N3K709 Finance (Economics and Finance)
Tied to N3K509 Finance (International Money, Finance and Investment) (Last intake of students October 2021)
Tied to N3K209 Finance (Accounting and Finance)
Tied to N3K609 Finance (International Banking and Finance) (Last intake of students October 2021)


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  • Develop knowledge of key concepts and issues in banking related to the management of lending processes, bank funding structure, liquidity & risk management, and performance measurement.
  • Develop critical understanding and appreciation of current theoretical and empirical research in banking and its applications to professional practice in financial services.


  • Bank business models and financial statements
  • Interest Rate Risk Management
  • Lending and loan portfolio management
  • Bank funding structures
  • Liquidity risk management
  • Capital adequacy
  • Trends and challenges in the banking industry

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module students should have:
  • Developed an advanced knowledge of core banking principles and practice of traditional and contemporary bank business models.
  • Developed a critical understanding of the issues and risks of items from bank financial statements.
  • Explored the most recent advancements in the relevant academic literature and its relevance for the banking industry.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of the module, students should have developed highly specialised and advanced technical, professional and academic skills that enable them to:
  • Explain and critically evaluate the purpose of banks and their business models.
  • Identify, measure and manage the various risks that banks face.
  • Critically evaluate the impact of trends and challenges in the banking industry on a bank’s business model.
Key Skills:
  • Written communication
  • Planning, organising and time management
  • Problem solving and analysis
  • Using initiative
  • Adaptability
  • Numeracy
  • Computer literacy

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

  • Teaching is by lectures and seminars. Learning takes place through attendance at lectures, preparation for and participation in seminar classes and private study.
  • Summative assessment is by means of a written examination.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 10 1 per week 2 hours 20
Seminars 4 1 per fortnight 1 hour 4
Preparation and Reading 126
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Examination 2 hours 100% same

Formative Assessment:

Formative assessment, and feedback, may take a number of forms such as oral feedback on work prepared by students for seminars; answers to questions either discussed during a seminar or posted on DUO.

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