Module title: IT and Financial Services

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: FIN09105
Module leader: David White
School The Business School
Subject area group: Accountancy Finance and Law
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2018/9, Trimester 1, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 004
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: David White
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs:
Full paper-based and online learning materials are provided. Concentrated lecture sessions to (a) explain the key features of and developments in electronic retail financial services (LO1) and discuss the framework for the Assessment 1 (LO2), and (b) discuss the background to the theme/s chosen for Assessment 2 and assessment expectations (LO3). Small group and/or individual consultancies online to support assessments are available via WebCT Vista. Group work is possible as students are based at Napier although they are studying in flexible mode.
Employability/PDP/scholarship skills: Assessment 1 allows students to develop their team-working, communications and IT skills. It is a group case study (3 students per group) involving a personal financial management review. Assessment 2 allows students to individually develop their research skills.
Assessment: Assessment 1 is marked as a group report, 30% for an analysis of personal financial needs and management and 70% for designing a more contemporary financial management package with appropriate selection justification. This assessment is also peer marked. Assessment 2 looks for good presentation and structure (20%), discussion, readability and accuracy (45%), with quality, range and up-to-dateness of literature sources (25%) and appropriate referencing (10%).
Research/teaching linkages: Given the dynamism of financial services and the extent to which the students are expected to access web sources, their learning is always up-to-date. Assessment 2 also specifically requires the student to research a contemporary issue.
Supporting equality and diversity: Through WebCT Vista, all students have access to learning materials, assessment details, etc. and can communicate via the e-mail link. Weblinks to industry and financial institution websites are also provided.
Internationalisation: Assessment 2 enables the student to research a financial self-ser

Formative 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.

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 8
Online Guided independent study 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 91
Independent Learning Guided independent study 91
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Other 50 1, 2 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Essay 50 3 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100
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: David White
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs:
Concentrated lecture sessions to (a) explain the key features of and developments in electronic retail financial services (LO1) and discuss the framework for the Assessment 1 (LO2), and (b) discuss the background to the theme/s chosen for Assessment 2 and assessment expectations (LO3). Tutorials and small group or individual consultancies to support coursework requirements.
Employability/PDP/scholarship skills: Assessment 1 allows students to develop their team-working, communications and IT skills. It is a group case study (3 students per group) involving a personal financial management review. Assessment 2 allows students to individually develop their research skills.
Assessment: Assessment 1 is marked as a group report, 30% for an analysis of personal financial needs and management and 70% for designing a more contemporary financial management package with appropriate selection justification. This assessment is also peer marked. Assessment 2 looks for good presentation and structure (20%), discussion, readability and accuracy (45%), with quality, range and up-to-dateness of literature sources (25%) and appropriate referencing (10%).
Research/teaching linkages: Given the dynamism of financial services and the extent to which the students are expected to access web sources, their learning is always up-to-date. Assessment 2 also specifically requires the student to research a contemporary issue.
Supporting equality and diversity: Through WebCT Vista, all students have access to learning materials, assessment details, etc. and can communicate via the e-mail link. Weblinks to industry and financial institution websites are also provided.
Internationalisation: Financial self-service is universal and international examples of products and services are brought in to the teaching programme as approapriate. Assessment 2 enables the student to research a financial self-service topic from a national per

Formative 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.

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 8
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 16
Independent Learning Guided independent study 88
Independent Learning Guided independent study 88
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 50 1, 2 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Essay 50 3 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100
2018/9, Trimester 2, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 003
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: David White
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs:
Full paper-based and online learning materials are provided. Concentrated lecture sessions to (a) explain the key features of and developments in electronic retail financial services (LO1) and discuss the framework for the Assessment 1 (LO2), and (b) discuss the background to the theme/s chosen for Assessment 2 and assessment expectations (LO3). Small group and/or individual consultancies online to support assessments are available via WebCT Vista. Group work is possible as students are based at Napier although they are studying in flexible mode.
Employability/PDP/scholarship skills: Assessment 1 allows students to develop their team-working, communications and IT skills. It is a group case study (3 students per group) involving a personal financial management review. Assessment 2 allows students to individually develop their research skills.
Assessment: Assessment 1 is marked as a group report, 30% for an analysis of personal financial needs and management and 70% for designing a more contemporary financial management package with appropriate selection justification. This assessment is also peer marked. Assessment 2 looks for good presentation and structure (20%), discussion, readability and accuracy (45%), with quality, range and up-to-dateness of literature sources (25%) and appropriate referencing (10%).
Research/teaching linkages: Given the dynamism of financial services and the extent to which the students are expected to access web sources, their learning is always up-to-date. Assessment 2 also specifically requires the student to research a contemporary issue.
Supporting equality and diversity: Through WebCT Vista, all students have access to learning materials, assessment details, etc. and can communicate via the e-mail link. Weblinks to industry and financial institution websites are also provided.
Internationalisation: Assessment 2 enables the student to research a financial self-ser

Formative 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.

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 8
Online Guided independent study 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 91
Independent Learning Guided independent study 91
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Other 50 1, 2 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Essay 50 3 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

IT & financial services: financial services and retail financial self-service; development of electronic financial services; personal electronic financial services management.
Online financial services and the Internet: ATM services, payment services and telebanking; savings/investment, borrowing/lending, insurance and assurance.
Issues in providing and using electronic financial services: regulation and risk; duties, liabilities and security; interoperability and reciprocity; markets and substitution.
Researching IT and financial services: APACS and other industry reports and press releases, professional and academic journals, conference papers, web-based sources.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: relate the channels used to deliver retail financial services via IT, appraising the products, services and advice (including facilities), and reconcile the key issues from provider and user perspectives;
LO2: critically appraise how individuals manage their finances and develop a contemporary personal financial management model;
LO3: research and analyse a topical problem or issue relevant to IT and retail financial services provision, applying evidence-based solutions and arguments, and communicate the results in the form of a ‘conference’ paper.

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