FIN3004S Finance and Financial institutions

Academic Year 2023/2024

Part 1 Financial systems: 1. Introduction to Financial Systems; Role of financial systems (role of households, government, and firms in terms of savings and investments). Financial intermediaries, securities and markets. Taxonomy of financial institutions. Nature of financial claims (debt versus equity, bonds and notes, fixed and floating interest rates, common and preferred stocks). Structure of financial markets (direct and indirect finance, dealers and brokers, banks, mutual funds, pension funds, and insurance companies). 2. Comparative Financial Systems; Bank-based systems against market-based systems. Legal aspects.

Part 2 Financial intermediaries: 3. Role of Financial Intermediation; Nature and process of financial intermediation. Theories of financial intermediation (transformation of assets, uncertainty, reduction in transaction costs, reduction of problems arising out of asymmetric information). Implications of financial intermediation (Hirshleifer model, effect on economic development). 4. Regulation of Banks; Regulation of banks (free banking, arguments for or against regulation, traditional regulation mechanisms, alternatives to traditional regulation). 5. Risk Management in Banking; Market risks: Liquidity risk, interest rate risk, foreign exchange risk. Credit risk: Screening and monitoring, credit rationing, collateral.

Part 3: Principles of finance: 6. Financial Securities: Risk and Return; Portfolio analysis: mean-variance portfolio theory. The portfolio selection process: the correlation of securities returns (single-index model and multi-index models). Asset pricing models: capital asset pricing models (CAPM) and arbitrage pricing model (APT). 7. Capital Budgeting; Pricing of bonds and stocks. Net present value. Project appraisal.
8. Financial Markets: Transmission of information; Efficient markets, theory and empirical evidence. Concepts of weak, semi-strong, and strong efficiency. Concepts of excess returns. Micro-structures.

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Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
Describe the various components and institutions of the financial system
Describe and analyse the role and functions of financial intermediation, regulation and risk management
Understand and analyse the most common financial instruments
Understand and apply the fundamental theories of finance

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students will attend classes for this module and have the opportunity to engage in active learning during these sessions. There will be in-class discussion and group work to analyse module concepts. Where appropriate, the module will incorporate case based learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Main Assignment Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: Online Examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

General feedback is provided to students on all their submitted assessment components.

Name Role
Professor Don Bredin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Julie Byrne Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Yung Chiang Yang Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Cormac MacFhionnlaoich Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Cal Muckley Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Vassilios Papavassiliou Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Diana Tan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Christina Burke Tutor
Ms Michele Connolly Doran Tutor
June Neo Tutor
Rachel Sim Tutor
Chee Shong Tan Tutor
Charlene Tan Puay Koon Tutor
Yung Chiang Yang Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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