ECON20190 Introduction to Financial Economics

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module introduces students to the basic concepts of financial economics. Topics covered will include
(1) How to value assets that generate a sequence of cash flows over time for their owners.
(2) Guidelines for capital budgeting decisions by firms
(3) How firms raise money from equity markets and bond markets.
(4) The trade-off between risk and return in financial assets
(5) Basic principles for investing wealth in a portfolio
(6) The theory and practice of corporate financial structure

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module, students should be able to understand issues relating to the pricing of stocks and bonds, the factors firms need to take into account when making capital investment decisions, how firms raise capital and how they choose their capital structure. Students will understand why different types of financial assets may have different expected returns and how to make practical investment decisions.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Material will be delivered in lectures with tutorials to focus on problem solving and group work 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
FIN10670 - Introduction to Finance, FIN20010 - Principles of Finance, FIN20040 - Foundations of Finance

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Final exam. Essay type questions. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire (Short): Mid-term MCQ. 20 questions Week 7 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Any student may receive feedback on his/her individual performance in complete confidentiality from lecturer during office hours.

Name Role
Mr Andrew Woods Lecturer / Co-Lecturer