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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS2265 Commercial Banking

10 creditsClass Size: 33

Module manager: Joshua Cave

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24


LUBS2260Banks and Banking Systems

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module focuses on key theoretical and practical issues in the management of commercial banks. After an overview of the role and functions of commercial banks in the financial system, the module will examine the key business policies and strategies undertaken by these banks.A particular emphasis will be placed on analysing the key principles of lending activities and the related impact of asset securitization. The module also provides a critical analysis of the specificities of bank governance.


The module Commercial Banking aims to develop students' knowledge and understanding of the key theoretical and practical issues in commercial 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 commercial banks.

By the end of the module the student will be able to describe and evaluate the main activities of commercial banks, recognise common problems and apply appropriate qualitative and quantitative tools to attempt to solve them. More specifically, the module will introduce students to the role of commercial banks in modern financial systems, core functions of commercial banks, principles of bank lending policy and funding strategies, the role of bank capital, principles of bank performance evaluation and bank governance.

Learning outcomes
After completing this module students will be able to:
- Describe and evaluate the theoretical principles of the role of commercial banks in modern financial systems.
- Explain the core functions and activities of commercial banks.
- Explain and critically evaluate the key principles of bank lending policy and funding strategies.
- Explain the role of capital in bank management.
- Explain and critically assess the basic principles of bank performance evaluation.
- Critically evaluate the principles of bank governance.


1. The functions of commercial banks
2. Lending policy
3. Relationship banking: theory and practice
4. Off-balance sheet activities in commercial banking
5. Asset securitization
6. The funding structure and the role of deposits
7. The role of bank capital in bank management
8. The interplay between capital regulation and deposit insurance
9. The evaluation of bank performance
10. Bank governance

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours78.50
Total Contact hours21.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

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 100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

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

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:49:14


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