Core Module Information
Module title: Introduction to the Financial Services Sector

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: FIN07102
Module leader: Paul Langford
School The Business School
Subject area group: Accounting and Finance


Description of module content:

The module covers the whole of the financial sector institutions and markets.
The important relationship between risk, term and return is explored and how the process of financial intermediation reconciles the disparate needs of borrowers and lenders.
Depository (eg banks, building societies) and non-depository (eg pension funds, unit trusts, insurance companies) financial intermediaries and the products they deal in, non-marketable securities, are investigated.
Financial markets – and the products they deal in, marketable securities, are studied: also the implications for personal finance such as pensions, insurance
Wider societal implications are considered e.g. financial inclusion, fossil fuels/extractive industries finance. Socially Responsible Investments and Environmental, Societal and Governance issues are discussed.
Students will also acquire a good understanding of financial information as presented in the financial press and be able to calculate yields from Shares and Bonds

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Develop an awareness of the rationale underlying financial institutions and markets
LO2: Gain an appreciation of the need for, and forms of, regulation of the financial system
LO3: Identify key considerations for personal financial planning
LO4: Outline the roles of the various financial markets and institutions
LO5: Identify the financial instruments and services provided by the financial institutions
LO6: Develop an awareness of basic quantitative skills appropriate to the financial sector

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Paul Langford
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 9
Independent Learning Guided independent study 171
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 70 1,2,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2000
Class Test 30 3,6 8 HOURS= 02.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Introduction to the Financial Services Sector