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International Finance

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Programme: Undergraduate

Module Code: N13313

Semester: Autumn

Convenor: Shamim Ahmed

Credits & Level: 10 credits; Level 3

Pre-requisites: N12403 (Financial Management).

Co-requisites: None.

Target Students: Available to all Part I and Part II Business School students and Joint/Minor students with the required pre-requisite N12403 Financial Management.

Delivery: 11 one-hour lectures and 4 one-hour seminars at regular intervals during the module

Assessment: One 2-hour examination (100%)

Exam Format:Answer Two Questions only. At least One question must be from Section A. All questions carry equal marks. Section A - 2 questions, mainly quantitative. Section B - 3 questions, all discursive. 5 questions in total.

Summary of Content This module discusses and analyses the management of the international finance function of firms. Typical issues include: Foreign Exchange markets, foreign exchange and other international risks, international financial markets, international investment decisions and foreign trade.

Aims To develop an in-depth understanding of international finance and financial markets.

To analyse risks that exist in international finance, including foreign exchange, foreign trade and investment risks, and to select and use appropriate techniques to manage such risks.

Key Words: Foreign exchange; international investment, foreign trade, international market.

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 development, access and operation of markets for resources, goods and services
  • 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
  • The use of risk management techniques and business continuity planning to help maximise achievement of strategic objectives on the economic, social and environmental conditions of the future.
  • The different approaches for segmentation, targeting, positioning, generating sales and the need for innovation in product and service design
  • Economic policy at the macroeconomic level showing an understanding of analytical methods and model-based argument and of different methodological approaches and their strengths and limitations.
  • The development of strategic priorities to deliver business at speed in an environment where digital technology has reshaped traditional revenue and business models
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
  • Self-analysis and awareness/sensitivity to diversity in terms of people and cultures. This includes a continuing appetitie for development.
  • People management, to include communications, team building, leadership and motivating others
  • Commercial acumen based on an awareness of the key drivers for business success, causes of failure and the importance of providing customer satisfaction and building customer loyalty
  • The ability to act entrepreneurially to generate, develop and communicate ideas, manage and exploit intellectual property, gain support and deliver successful outcomes
Transferable (key) skills
This module develops:
  • Communication and listening including the ability to produce clear, structured business communications in a variety of media
  • An awareness of the interpersonal skills of effective listening, negotiating, persuasion and presentation and their use in generating business contacts
  • Ability to work collaboratively both internally and with external customers and an awareness of mutual interdependence
  • Self-management and a readiness to accept responsibility and flexibility, to be resilient, self-starting and appropriately assertive, to plan, organise and manage time
  • Ability to work with people from a range of cultures
  • Articulating and effectively explaining information
  • Building and maintaining relationships

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