School of Business, Management and Economics

Banking and Finance (N1514)

Banking and Finance

Module N1514

Module details for 2011 cohort.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module is an introduction to both theoretical and practical issues related to the modern banking business. The module begins with an overview of the role and genesis of the financial system and the nature of financial intermediation. It covers the main characteristics and types of banks (e.g., commercial and mutual; retail and wholesale; role of central banks) and analyses recent trends and developments in relation to both domestic and international banking markets. The module also explores the main items contained in banks' financial statements and explains how to assess bank performance by using basic financial ratios. The second part of the module focuses on the main risks of banking, with particular reference to credit risk, and outlines elementary risk management techniques. Moreover, it examines the rationale for bank regulation and distinguishes between the different types of regulation. Particular reference is made to the latest developments on Basel 2 and the Financial Services Action Plan.

Module learning outcomes

Explain differences between banks and other financial intermediaries particularly central banks

Analyse and interpret basic banks financial statements and key performance ratios

Evaluate the risks in banking and elementary risk management techniques

Critically evaluate why banks need regulation and distinguish between the different types of regulation

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Case AnalysisT1 Week 5 100.00%
Unseen ExaminationMid Year Assessment70.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn TeachingLECTURE2 hours111111111110
Autumn TeachingSEMINAR1 hour011111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Vandana Ujjual

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