Module title: Current Issues in Finance

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: ACC10106
Module leader: Marizah Minhat
School The Business School
Subject area group: Accountancy Finance and Law
Prerequisites

Learning equivalent would be:
ACC09101
Corporate Financial Management
Finance at SCQF Level 9

2018/9, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Marizah Minhat
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
The learning & teaching methods consist of lectures, tutorials, case studies, and group sessions. The lecture sessions cover the identified topics and the tutorial sessions give students opportunities to discuss some theoretical and practical questions in relation to the topics covered. The group sessions provide students opportunities to work as a team to obtain better insight of study materials.
Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
The module discusses current issues in finance. It seeks to enhance students' appreciation of relevant theories in gaining further insight about financial issues and its implications or usefulness for corporate managers. Tutorial sessions and presentations enhance students' communication skills. Written report enables students to develop research and analytical skills.
Assessment (formative and summative)
The assessment is composed of coursework and a final examination. The coursework focuses on group learning, communication skills, and individual learning. It includes oral presentations, a written report, and individual participation. A final exam evaluates students' ability to integrate, analyse, and evaluate issues in relation to specific topics.
Research/ teaching linkages
Reading list is provided at the end of each lecture. Students can undertake further study through their own search for texts and articles.
Supporting equality and diversity
Teaching materials can be downloaded from moodle. Journal articles can be downloaded from e-journals through the librarysearch. Students may have additional support from computer-assisted learning applications including email, discussion forums or threaded discussions.
Internationalisation
Students are encouraged to frame their academic discourse in the context of international financial markets, as well as considering cultural, political and economic influences and own experiences.



Formative Assessment:
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Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Face To Face Centrally Timetabled (Digital) Exam 3
Independent Learning Guided independent study 161
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 15 1,3,4 VARIOUS HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1,2,3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Oral Presentation 35 1, 3, 4 VARIOUS HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The objective of this module is to familiarise students with selected current issues in finance. The aim is to stimulate discussion on specific topics rather than providing a comprehensive review of the whole area of finance. The discussion of issues will be based on evidence provided through scientific research by taking account anecdotal evidences and real-life case studies. The discussion will also enhance students’ understanding of finance theories and their relevance in the business world. Topics and issues may vary from year to year depending on the latest developments in the financial world. For this trimester, the following topics will be covered: asset pricing and equity risk premium, subprime credit crisis, capital structure, corporate restructuring, financial derivatives, hedge funds, corporate governance, Islamic finance.


Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically examine the current issues and developments in finance and their practical implications
LO2: Evaluate new financial management approaches and tools in the context of real business
LO3: Analyse practical cases related to new financial developments and approaches
LO4: Critically evaluate academic research findings
LO5: Formulate the key issues in strategic financial management

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Recommended - RAJAN, R. G. HAS FINANCE MADE THE WORLD RISKIER? (2006) : WILEY Vol. 12, 2006th ed.
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