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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS1036 Introduction to Finance

20 creditsClass Size: 241

Module manager: John Smith
Email: j.e.smith@lubs.leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is mutually exclusive with

LUBS1035Foundations of Finance
LUBS2035Finance for Small Business
MATH1510Financial Mathematics 1

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Introduction to Finance is intended to provide an introduction to the basic concepts underpinning modern finance. The syllabus provides a basic insight into the concepts and theories underpinning finance as an academic discipline. Indicative content includes: time value of money and discounted cash flow techniques, bond and equity valuation, techniques for making capital investment decisions, project analysis and evaluation, an introduction to the relationship between risk and return and the Capital Asset Pricing Model, cost of capital and short-term capital management. Although a good introduction to finance in its own right, the module also provides a good base on which you can develop your understanding of finance in some of the more advanced finance modules available in levels 2 and 3.

Objectives

Introduction to Finance is a level 1 module intended to provide an introduction to the basic concepts underpinning modern finance. The module provides a strong base on which students can then build to develop their understanding of finance, banking and the financial markets in the more advanced finance modules available in levels 2 and 3. The module relates theory to current business practice and requires students to confidently use and manipulate financial formulas and numerical data.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Identify key concepts of the time value of money and risk to apply discounted cash flow techniques to value bonds and equities and evaluate investment opportunities;
- Outline relevant contemporary theories and supporting empirical research evidence in corporate finance; and
- Outline some of the mainstream and alternative technical languages and practical uses of corporate finance in companies and the financial markets.

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Apply current theory and appropriate analytical tools to solve simple financial problems
- Apply core mathematical and statistical skills to address a range of financial problems


Syllabus

Indicative content
The syllabus provides a basic insight into the concepts and theories underpinning modern finance as an academic discipline and indicative content includes: time value of money and discounted cash flow techniques, bond and equity valuation, techniques for making capital investment decisions, project analysis and evaluation, an introduction to the relationship between risk and return and the Capital Asset Pricing Model, cost of capital and short-term capital management.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture201.5030.00
Practical21.503.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Independent online learning hours10.00
Private study hours147.00
Total Contact hours43.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

This could include a variety of activities, such as reading, watching videos, question practice and exam preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Your teaching methods could include a variety of delivery models, such as face-to-face teaching, live webinars, discussion boards and other interactive activities. There will be opportunities for formative feedback throughout the module.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 3 hour examination.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 09/09/2021 14:37:41

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