Introduction to Financial Markets and Instruments - BUSN3760

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Chen Huang checkmark-circle


This module introduces students to different financial markets and their role in the economy. These markets include equity, bond/debt/interest rate, foreign exchange and derivative markets. In this module, students will also learn about the trading instruments used in these markets. Moreover, the module offers an exploration of current developments in the world's financial markets and institutions, including innovation, globalization, and deregulation, with a focus on the actual practices of financial institutions, investors, and financial instruments.

Topics covered include:
• The development of financial markets and instruments and their role in the economy
• Money, interest and bond markets and their major instruments
• Equity markets, their functions and instruments
• Derivative markets and their instruments
• Foreign exchange markets


Contact hours

The module will be taught by lectures, seminars and private study.
Total Contact Hours: 32
Private Study Hours: 118

Method of assessment

VLE Test (10%)
Group Presentation (20%)
Examination, 2 Hour (70%)

Reassessment methods

Reassessment Instrument: 100% examination

Indicative reading

Fabozzi, F. Modigliani, F. Jones, F (2014), Foundations of Financial Markets & Institutions, International Edition, 4th Edition, Harlow: Pearson.
Madura, J. (2012), Financial Institutions & Markets, 10th Edition, Stamford, CT: South-western Cengage Learning.
Mishkin, F.S. and Eakins, S.G. (2016), Financial Markets & Institutions: Global Edition, 8th Edition, Harlow: Pearson.
Saunders, A. and Cornett, M. (2015), Financial Markets and Institutions: A Modern Perspective, 6th Edition, Columbus, OH: McGraw Hill Education.
Viney, C. Phillips, P. (2012), Financial Institutions, Instruments and Markets, 7th Edition, Columbus, OH: McGraw Hill.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge of the history of international financial markets.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of various financial markets operating in an economy.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of various financial instruments available for trading in financial markets.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of concepts and principles under which financial markets operate.

The intended generic learning outcomes
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate an ability to work with others to develop interpersonal and team-working silks.
Structure and develop appropriate and effective communication skills, critically and self-critically, orally or in writing.
Demonstrate numeracy, analysis, and problem solving skills.
Present relevant information in a logical and precise manner.


  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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