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FINA8009 - Banking & Financial Markets

Title:Banking & Financial Markets
Long Title:Banking & Financial Markets
Module Code:FINA8009
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Banking, Finance and Investment
Valid From: Semester 2 - 2021/22 ( January 2022 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: CAROLINE O REILLY
Module Author: Sinead Huskisson
Module Description: Analysis and discussion of key banking activities (inc. financial markets), management issues and controversies. The course content will be informed by an international perspective.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the role of financial institutions and assess the challenges they face.
LO2 Develop strategies for managing liquidity and solvency within regulatory frameworks.
LO3 Explain and quantify the different types of risk faced by financial institutions.
LO4 Develop strategies for risk mitigation by financial institutions.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

A module in financial management, finance or economics successfully taken at level 7.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Banking Fundamentals
Financial intermediation / theories / benefits, role of banks, banks and other financial institutions, regulatory framework, current issues in banking, forces of change in banking. Types of banking / retail, corporate, investment banking. Role of central banks.
Financial Markets
Bond prices & the determination of interest rates, term structure of interest rates, IR derivatives / futures, options & swaps, FX & FX markets. Bank funding operations, treasury operations, proprietary trading.
Banking Management
Balance sheet & income structure, bank performance and financial ratio analysis, asset liability management, liquidity management and reserves, capital adequacy management, off balance sheet activities, loan sales & securitisation.
Risk Management
Credit risk, interest rate risk, funding risk, FX risk, market risk, operational risk, capital risk and solvency, risk interaction. Managing risks. Quantitative examples.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Presentation For example: create a poster to analyse a financial institution with a focus on liquidity and solvency issues and relevant risk management approaches. 1,2 40.0 Week 8
Written Report For example: Create a report to critically analyse a financial institution with an emphasis on the challenges faced and risk mitigation measures available. 1,2,3,4 60.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lectures 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Casu, Girardone, Molyneaux 2021, Introduction to Banking, 3rd Ed., PearsonEd London [ISBN: 9781292240367]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Arnold 2014, FT Guide to Banking, Financial Times London [ISBN: 9780273791829]
  • Ritter, Silber, Udell 2013, Principles of Money, Banking & Financial Markets, 12th Ed., PearsonEd [ISBN: 9781292042046]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_BBUSS_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) 2 Elective
CR_BACCT_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Accounting 8 Group Elective 2

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