Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

(BSc) Finance and Business

Entry for 2016

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 6 in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Course Aims

This degree course combines the closely related disciplines of Business and Finance. The discipline of Business provides a good understanding of the fundamental principles that govern modern business behaviour. Increasingly, the area of finance is becoming relevant to such issues where individuals and companies require access to services such as banking, investment and insurance. Hence, for example, the role of options in allowing firms (which might include, for example, farmers) to hedge their future risks. Such markets are becoming increasingly complex however and do involve risks (such as banking failure), so a good understanding of them is vital for questions such as regulation.on.

Course Outline (May Be Used in Prospectus)

This course is designed to deliver a sound understanding of finance and business and help you develop practical skills essential for your future career.
In year 1, business and management core modules introduce concepts, issues and methods to help you develop a critical approach to management in organisations. You will examine cases and contemporary issues in management, be exposed to core ideas in management thinking and given tools to analyse organisations and their environments, both in terms of qualitative and quantitative approaches.
In year 2, you will investigate and become familiar with the core processes of management. Modules will cover and analyse the different aspects of these processes and how they constitute and shape organisations. Your research skills will be further developed and you will be introduced to quantitative methods and finance for development.
Between years 2 and 3, you will have the option to extend your theoretical understanding and further develop your skills through a summer placement.
In year 3, the modules offered consolidate and extend the conceptual and practical knowledge of management, as well as corporate governance and social responsibility, strategy and entrepreneurship.
You spend half of your time on business and management core modules and half on finance options.

Course learning outcomes

1. Have demonstrated knowledge of the core principles of economics

3. Have demonstrated a more detailed knowledge and understanding of an appropriate number of specialised fields of economics (e.g. labour economics, development economics)

4. Have demonstrated a knowledge of quantitative techniques appropriate to the study of economics

5. Be able to use the power of abstraction to focus upon the essential features of an economic problem and to provide a framework for the evaluation of the effects of policy or other exogenous events.

6. Be able to analyse an economic problem or issue using an appropriate theoretical framework.

7. Have displayed a knowledge of sources and content of economic information and data

10. Have demonstrated the ability to carry out self-directed study and research

11. Have demonstrated an understanding of appropriate concepts in economics that may be of wider use in a decision-making context (e.g. opportunity cost)

14. Have demonstrated a facility in numeracy and other quantitative techniques, such as correctly interpreting graphs.

15. Have demonstrated competence in the use of a range of computer software.

Provide graduates with the knowledge and personal skills appropriate for a career in the broad area of accounting and finance, and related areas;

Develop a comprehensive grounding and competence in the core areas of accounting and finance, particularly in the fields of accounting, taxation, corporate finance, investments, banking, international finance, risk and its management;

Stimulate an enquiring, analytic and creative approach to accounting and financial issues, and to encourage independent judgement and critical self-awareness;

Recognise business and management problems using appropriate academic theories and underpinning knowledge from a selected set of management disciplines

Identify an appropriate range of analytical tools to address business and management problems, and report such analyses into a credible business plan or convincing critique of a specifc business development

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreIntroduction to Business and Management (N1065)154
  CoreIntroduction to Economics (L1028)154
  CoreIntroduction to Mathematics for Finance and Economics (L1054)154
  CorePrinciples of Finance (N1560)154
 Spring SemesterCoreIntroduction to Accounting (N1086)154
  CoreIntroduction to Statistics (L1025)154
  CorePrinciples of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management (N1062)154
  CoreTheory of Investments (N1553)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreFinancial Institutions and Markets (N1554)155
  CoreManaging Projects and Technologies (N1503)155
  OptionAccounting for Managers (N1549)155
  Business Processes and the Role of IT (OIS) (N1603)155
  International Business Environment (N1082)155
  Introduction to Econometrics (level 5) (L1090)155
  Introduction to Entrepreneurship (ENT) (N1589)155
  Law for Accounting and Finance (N1584)155
 Spring SemesterOptionCorporate and International Finance (N1563)155
  Entrepreneurship Finance and Accounting (ENT) (N1583)155
  Financial Derivatives (N1559)155
  International Business Strategy (N1083)155
  Management of Innovation (N1049)155
  Managing Global Supply Chains (OPS&IS) (N1543)155
  Principles of Banking (N1577)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterCoreStrategy for Finance (N1575)156
  OptionAlternative Investment Funds (N1596)156
  Blockchain Finance and Cryptocurrency Markets (N1621)156
  Business Management Case Study (N1588)156
  Critical Perspectives (with a Study Visit) (N1610)156
  Entrepreneurship and Small Firms (ENT) (N1020)156
  Financial Econometrics (N1611)156
  Financial Risk Management (N1569)156
  Non-Profit Management and Social Entrepreneurship (N1597)156
  Valuation of Companies and Cash Flow Generating Assets (N1591)156
 Autumn & Spring TeachingOptionEmpirical Finance Project (N1567)306
  Research Project (N1052)306
 Spring SemesterCoreCorporate Social Responsibility and Ethics (N1573)156
  CoreInternational Financial Management (N1548)156
  OptionApplied Finance Project (L1094)156
  Business Strategy Report (N1079)156
  Contemporary Issues in Banking (N1620)156
  Innovation Systems (N1077)156
  New Venture Development and Planning (N1576)156
  Trading Strategies (N1592)156

Course convenors

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Oussama Baher
Teaching Fellow in Finance
T: +44 (0)1273 872571

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Michael Coulon
Senior Lecturer in Finance
T: +44 (0)1273 873583

About your joint honours course

Sussex has always promoted interdisciplinary study by encouraging students to combine different subjects and different approaches to learning. Joint-honours courses are an ideal option if you want to study more than one subject in depth. A key idea behind joint-honours is to experience the range of ways that different academic disciplines use to teach, learn and research. Those differences are stimulating and challenging, but they can also be confusing, so you will find some useful information below to help you get the most out of your course.

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