Contemporary Issues in Banking (N1620)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module provides aspects of bank financial management and the practical skills necessary to prepare reports analyzing bank performance. The module focuses on day-to-day practical issues and provides key management skills relating to the banking sector.

The module has three parts. First, it presents an overview of the various banking systems in US, UK, EU and also the developing markets; this overview includes the rationale for bank regulation and supervision with a focus on the impact of bank mergers and acquisitions. Secondly, the module compares the analysis of commercial bank performance with that of investment bank performance. Thirdly, important aspects of bank management are examined in detail, including bank asset and liability management, aspects of blockchain, liquidity management and capital adequacy management.

The module builds on the topics introduced in Principles of Banking in Year 2.

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 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: