Financial Markets and Institutions - BUSN3014

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Shan Lu checkmark-circle


This module will introduce the financial system, the markets within the system, various instruments and key concepts. It provides an overview of the roles of financial intermediaries, as well as the fundamental products that they trade. The module will include an historical consideration of the markets, as well as the investigation of current developments, to allow understanding of inter-relationships within the wider economy. An introduction to various financial securities will provide contexts for focus on key concepts of Finance.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 36
Private study hours: 114
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Individual reflective piece (750 words) 10%
Group Video 25%
Examination (2 hours) 70%

Reassessment methods:
Exam 100%

Indicative reading

• Mayo, H (2015) Basic Finance: An Introduction to Financial Institutions, Investments, and Management Boston, MA: Cengage Learning
• Melicher, R. (2019) Introduction to Finance: Markets, Investments, and Financial Management Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons
• Arnold, G. (2015) FT Guide to Banking, London: FT Publishing International
• Lenvinson, M. (2018) The Economist Guide To Financial Markets: Why they exist and how they work 7th Edition. London: Profile Books Ltd
• Mishkin, F.S. (2018). The Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets, Global Edition. Harlow: Pearson

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an awareness of the financial system
- Understand the role of financial intermediaries
- Demonstrate an understanding of financial markets and their operations
- Present and evaluate finance data
- Develop well-structured argument relating to financial information

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Undertake independent and self-managed learning
- Communicate effectively to a variety of audiences and/or using a variety of methods
- Present relevant information in a logical and precise manner
- Locate, extract and analyse data from multiple sources, including the acknowledgement and
referencing of sources
- Develop numeracy skills
- Present quantitative and qualitative information, together with analysis, argument and commentary


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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