Principles of Finance (N1560)
15 credits, Level 4
You are introduced to financial markets, instruments and concepts.
You are given an overview of the roles of different financial institutions, and the products they most commonly provide and trade.
During the module you discuss historical events in the financial markets and how this illustrates their importance in the wider economy.
You focus on finance concepts related to equity and bond markets, beginning with:
- interest rates
- time value of money
- present value.
Other topics include:
- LIBID and LIBOR
- cost of capital
- bid ask spreads
- no-arbitrage relationships, for example between stocks and futures or forwards.
You are also given an insight into the idea of hedging with derivative products.
Teaching and assessment
We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.
Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 120 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.
We’re planning to run this module in the academic year 2020/21. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.