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Introduction to Finance

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Programme: Undergraduate

Module Code: N11119

Semester: Autumn

Convenor: Minjia Chen

Credits & Level: 10 Credits, Level 1

Pre-requisites: None.

Co-requisites: None.

Target Students: Primarily intended for non-Business School students. Avail to Business School students who do NOT take N13301 Fin Analysis, N12403 Fin Man, N12307 Fin Rep or N13306 Corp Fin. CANNOT be taken if taken/are taking N11605 Business Finance, T11021 Intro to Accting with Appln to China or T11013 Intro to Finance with an Appln to China.

Delivery: 11 x ninety-minute lectues and 2 x sixty minute workshops

Assessment: One 1.5 hour examination (100%)

Exam Format:Section A consists of 25 multiple choice questions, 3 marks are given for each correct answer. No marks and no penalty are given for an incorrect answer or failing to answer a particular question. Section B: answer ONE question from a choice of THREE. Questions in Section B are worth 25 marks.

Summary of Content The module will introduce basic corporate and personal finance concepts, including the time value of money, financial markets, shares and bonds, financial risk and return, raising money, and the elements of investment. This module does not count for accounting accreditation purposes.

Aims To introduce non-specialist students to basic financial concepts.

Key Words: Financial Analysis; Financial Management; Sources of Finance.

Learning Objectives & Outcomes Knowledge and understanding
This module develops a knowledge and understanding of:
  • The dynamic and changing nature of business and the consideration of the future of organisations within the global business environment, including the management of risk
  • The sources, uses and management of finance
  • The use of accounting and other information systems for planning, control, and decision making
  • The use of accounting and other information systems for managing financial risk
Intellectual skills
This module develops:
  • The ability to analyse facts and circumstances to determine the cause of a problem and identifying and selecting appropriate solutions
  • The ability to analyse and evaluate a range of business data, sources of information and appropriate methodologies, which includes the need for strong digital literacy, and to use that research for evidence-based decision-making
  • Conceptual and critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and evaluation
Professional practical skills
This module develops:
  • Numeracy and quantitative skills to manipulate data, evaluate, estimate and model business problems, functions and phenomena
Transferable (key) skills
This module develops:
  • Communication and listening including the ability to produce clear, structured business communications in a variety of media
  • Self-management and a readiness to accept responsibility and flexibility, to be resilient, self-starting and appropriately assertive, to plan, organise and manage time
  • Articulating and effectively explaining information

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