FINANCIAL ECONOMICS 1 - 2017/8

Module code: ECO2049

Module provider

Economics

Module Leader

GARFAGNINI U Dr (Economics)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 5

JACs code

L111

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test CLASS TEST - 90 MINUTES, MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS WITH NUMERICAL EXERCISES AND THEORETICAL QUESTIONS 30
Examination 2 HOUR EXAMINATION - NUMERICAL EXERCISES AND THEORETICAL QUESTIONS 70

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module overview

This module covers fundamental concepts in finance. We start with an introductory analysis of the role of financial markets in allocating resources and the determination of the interest rate (both real and nominal). We then consider the time value of money and derive present and future value formulas that will help us in pricing a range of financial assets. Next, we explore the characteristics and valuation of securities traded in the money and capital markets, such as certificates of deposit, treasury bills, bonds and stocks. Finally, we introduce the foreign exchange market and examine the derivative markets for options and futures.

Module aims

introduce a broad set of basic concepts and tools in modern finance;

help students understand how to determine the fair value of various financial securities

help students understand how risk is quantified for various types securities and what are the sources of risks

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Display an understanding of the basic workings of financial markets, including the money, capital, foreign exchange and financial derivatives marketsĀ 
Apply valuation methods to a range of securities including stocks, bonds and financial options and futures contracts
Problem solving T
Insights into financial modelling T
Basic training in the operations of financial decision-making T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:


The role of financial markets
Determining the interest rate
Time value of money: present and future values
Money market securities
Bonds and stocks
Foreign exchange markets
Derivative markets: futures and options

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Key knowledge on the main types of financial securities and their pricing methods.
Knowledge of the key skills required for pricing different financial securities.
Technical mathematical ability.
Ability to apply the course’s content to unfamiliar problems.
Discuss real world issues in light of the course’s content.


The learning and teaching methods include:


2 hour lecture per week x 11 weeks
Problem sets and solutions to accompany lecturers that are posted on SurreyLearn

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


Key knowledge on the main types of financial securities and their pricing methods.
Knowledge of the key skills required for pricing different financial securities.
Technical mathematical ability.
Ability to apply the course’s content to unfamiliar problems.
Discuss real world issues in light of the course’s content.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


A 90 minutes classwork test in (or around) week 7. The test consists of two sections. Section A contains 15 multiple choice questions which include numerical exercises on pricing securities, as well as very short theoretical questions. Section B contains two essay-type questions and asks students to select and answer ONE of these two questions. The test is designed to ensure that everyone has internalised the skills and mathematical tricks needed to price money market and capital market securities.
A two-hour long final exam. The exam consists of two sections. Section A asks students to answer TWO out of FOUR questions, which could include both theoretical and essay-type aspects. Section B asks students to answer ONE out of TWO questions, which involve numerical exercises on pricing securities.
The questions in the both the class test and the final exam require students to apply their acquired knowledge of financial markets and pricing of securities.


Formative assessment and feedback

Students will receive verbal feedback in class and office hours through direct questioning and solving exercises together. They also receive feedback following the class test as I go through the correct answers in class.

Within the first few weeks of the semester I will provide a detailed explanation of the structure of both assessments as well as sample papers.

Reading list

Reading list for FINANCIAL ECONOMICS 1 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eco2049

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Economics and Finance BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Liberal Arts and Sciences BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.