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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS5035M Commercial Banking

15 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Joshua Cave

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as an Elective


The module Commercial Banking aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the key theoretical and practical issues in retail banking. The module provides students with a thorough grounding in a range of commonly employed numerical tools, strategies and techniques in the day-to-day management of banks. By the end of the module the student will be knowledgeable on the main activities of retail banks, capable of recognizing common problems and applying the appropriate qualitative and quantitative tools to solve them.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to critically asses:
- theoretical principles of the role of commercial banks in modern financial systems as well as the role of financial institutions
- the core functions and activities of banks in the retail sector
- the basic principles of bank management and bank performance evaluation
- the various characteristics of the risks faced in commercial banking and the main techniques used to manage those risks

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Provide solutions to complex quantitative and qualitative problems
- Independently extract, synthesise, apply, and communicate complex concepts and methods

Subject specific
- Apply relevant theoretical and analytical tools to solve more advanced real world banking issues
- Apply core mathematical skills to address a range of topics in retail banking such as measuring risk and bank performance


Indicative content:
- The Financial System and the Function of Banks
- The Theory of Financial Intermediation
- Risk Management in Retail Banking
- Regulation of Retail Banking
- The Banking Code
- Legal Aspects of Retail Banking
- Corporate and Marketing Strategies in Retail Banking
- The Economic and Strategic Impact of Technology
- Distribution Strategies in Retail Banking
- Customer Relationship Management in Retail Banking

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours123.00
Total Contact hours27.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 2 hours examination.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:28:09


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