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BSc Finance

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

BSc Finance

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Bachelor of Science in Finance

Programme Code

FIN-BSC-S

UCAS Code

N300

JACS Code

N300 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

A Level AAA in any subject plus Grade B in GCSE Mathematics
Or
ABB if this includes A Level Maths

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Single Honours

Length of Programme

4 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

480

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Queen's Management School

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Finance (2007)

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Dr Gerhard Kling

University of Southampton

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

None

Programme Specific Regulations

Awards, Credits and Progression of Learning Outcomes

This programme requires student to undertake a work-based placement at Stage 3 of the programme.
Stage 1
Students will be allowed to proceed from Stage 1 to Stage 2 only when they have passed all six Stage 1 modules.
Stage 2
Students will be allowed to proceed from Stage 2 to placement when they have passed at least 4 Stage 2 modules. All remaining modules must be completed in the August supplementary examining period,
Students are only permitted to undertake one placement or study abroad year.

Students with protected characteristics

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

On completion of the programme the student will be able to:

Provide students with the opportunity to pursue an academically demanding programme of study which links theory with practice through the provision of high-quality placement opportunities in preparation for a career in the financial services sector and/or postgraduate studies in finance or cognate disciplines.

Foster an understanding of the conceptual and interdisciplinary underpinnings of finance.

Develop students' ability to analyse, interpret and communicate financial information.

Develop students' interpersonal, research, computing and communication skills.

Provide a supportive and stimulating learning environment which enables learners to fulfil their potential and to develop a capacity for motivated independent learning.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Logical reasoning

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across modules and between degree levels. Critical analysis of up-to-date academic literature develops students’ cognitive ability: logic, critique, abstraction, assimilation, creative thinking and problem solving.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of cognitive skills occurs in the form of oral presentations, individual and team based projects, class tests, quantitative analysis and examinations.

Independent enquiry

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across modules and between degree levels. Critical analysis of up-to-date academic literature develops students’ cognitive ability: logic, critique, abstraction, assimilation, creative thinking and problem solving.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of cognitive skills occurs in the form of oral presentations, individual and team based projects, class tests, quantitative analysis and examinations.

Critical analysis and interpretation of financial information

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across modules and between degree levels. Critical analysis of up-to-date academic literature develops students’ cognitive ability: logic, critique, abstraction, assimilation, creative thinking and problem solving.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of cognitive skills occurs in the form of oral presentations, individual and team based projects, class tests, quantitative analysis and examinations.

Comprehension of abstract concepts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across modules and between degree levels. Critical analysis of up-to-date academic literature develops students’ cognitive ability: logic, critique, abstraction, assimilation, creative thinking and problem solving.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of cognitive skills occurs in the form of oral presentations, individual and team based projects, class tests, quantitative analysis and examinations.

Ability to generate original ideas

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across modules and between degree levels. Critical analysis of up-to-date academic literature develops students’ cognitive ability: logic, critique, abstraction, assimilation, creative thinking and problem solving.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of cognitive skills occurs in the form of oral presentations, individual and team based projects, class tests, quantitative analysis and examinations.

Problem solving

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across modules and between degree levels. Critical analysis of up-to-date academic literature develops students’ cognitive ability: logic, critique, abstraction, assimilation, creative thinking and problem solving.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of cognitive skills occurs in the form of oral presentations, individual and team based projects, class tests, quantitative analysis and examinations.

Integration of knowledge

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across modules and between degree levels. Critical analysis of up-to-date academic literature develops students’ cognitive ability: logic, critique, abstraction, assimilation, creative thinking and problem solving.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of cognitive skills occurs in the form of oral presentations, individual and team based projects, class tests, quantitative analysis and examinations.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Ability to present knowledge and demonstrate expertise in a coherent, effective and meaningful form

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development permeates the teaching and learning at all levels in the degree programme.

Methods of Assessment

Successful completion of projects on both an individual and group basis across modules requires students to gather additional information from a variety of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines.

Assessment of various projects requires students to use a range of media (e.g. essays, powerpoint presentations, econometric based project work) to demonstrate their learning.

In preparation for their placement year, students undertake a variety of workshops and one-to-one sessions beginning in first year. Preparation includes development of the necessary skills to acquire suitable placement opportunities: research, application and interview skills. A key component of this process involves critical self-evaluation with the aim of identifying areas for professional development.

Synthesise information/data from a variety of sources

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development permeates the teaching and learning at all levels in the degree programme.

Methods of Assessment

Successful completion of projects on both an individual and group basis across modules requires students to gather additional information from a variety of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines.

Assessment of various projects requires students to use a range of media (e.g. essays, powerpoint presentations, econometric based project work) to demonstrate their learning.

In preparation for their placement year, students undertake a variety of workshops and one-to-one sessions beginning in first year. Preparation includes development of the necessary skills to acquire suitable placement opportunities: research, application and interview skills. A key component of this process involves critical self-evaluation with the aim of identifying areas for professional development.

Reach conclusions while recognising the constraints affecting outcomes

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development permeates the teaching and learning at all levels in the degree programme.

Methods of Assessment

Successful completion of projects on both an individual and group basis across modules requires students to gather additional information from a variety of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines.

Assessment of various projects requires students to use a range of media (e.g. essays, powerpoint presentations, econometric based project work) to demonstrate their learning.

In preparation for their placement year, students undertake a variety of workshops and one-to-one sessions beginning in first year. Preparation includes development of the necessary skills to acquire suitable placement opportunities: research, application and interview skills. A key component of this process involves critical self-evaluation with the aim of identifying areas for professional development.

Present quantitative and qualitative information together with analysis, argument and commentary in a form appropriate to different intended audiences

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development permeates the teaching and learning at all levels in the degree programme.

Methods of Assessment

Successful completion of projects on both an individual and group basis across modules requires students to gather additional information from a variety of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines.

Assessment of various projects requires students to use a range of media (e.g. essays, powerpoint presentations, econometric based project work) to demonstrate their learning.

In preparation for their placement year, students undertake a variety of workshops and one-to-one sessions beginning in first year. Preparation includes development of the necessary skills to acquire suitable placement opportunities: research, application and interview skills. A key component of this process involves critical self-evaluation with the aim of identifying areas for professional development.

Ability to work creatively and flexibly with others as part of a team

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development permeates the teaching and learning at all levels in the degree programme.

Methods of Assessment

Successful completion of projects on both an individual and group basis across modules requires students to gather additional information from a variety of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines.

Assessment of various projects requires students to use a range of media (e.g. essays, powerpoint presentations, econometric based project work) to demonstrate their learning.

In preparation for their placement year, students undertake a variety of workshops and one-to-one sessions beginning in first year. Preparation includes development of the necessary skills to acquire suitable placement opportunities: research, application and interview skills. A key component of this process involves critical self-evaluation with the aim of identifying areas for professional development.

Application/Use of Information and Communication Technologies: word-processing, e-mail, internet and statistics/econometrics packages

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development permeates the teaching and learning at all levels in the degree programme.

Methods of Assessment

Successful completion of projects on both an individual and group basis across modules requires students to gather additional information from a variety of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines.

Assessment of various projects requires students to use a range of media (e.g. essays, powerpoint presentations, econometric based project work) to demonstrate their learning.

In preparation for their placement year, students undertake a variety of workshops and one-to-one sessions beginning in first year. Preparation includes development of the necessary skills to acquire suitable placement opportunities: research, application and interview skills. A key component of this process involves critical self-evaluation with the aim of identifying areas for professional development.

Independent learning, communication and time management

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development permeates the teaching and learning at all levels in the degree programme.

Methods of Assessment

Successful completion of projects on both an individual and group basis across modules requires students to gather additional information from a variety of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines.

Assessment of various projects requires students to use a range of media (e.g. essays, powerpoint presentations, econometric based project work) to demonstrate their learning.

In preparation for their placement year, students undertake a variety of workshops and one-to-one sessions beginning in first year. Preparation includes development of the necessary skills to acquire suitable placement opportunities: research, application and interview skills. A key component of this process involves critical self-evaluation with the aim of identifying areas for professional development.

Critical self-reflection with the aim of identifying areas for personal and professional development

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development permeates the teaching and learning at all levels in the degree programme.

Methods of Assessment

Successful completion of projects on both an individual and group basis across modules requires students to gather additional information from a variety of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines.

Assessment of various projects requires students to use a range of media (e.g. essays, powerpoint presentations, econometric based project work) to demonstrate their learning.

In preparation for their placement year, students undertake a variety of workshops and one-to-one sessions beginning in first year. Preparation includes development of the necessary skills to acquire suitable placement opportunities: research, application and interview skills. A key component of this process involves critical self-evaluation with the aim of identifying areas for professional development.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

the institutional framework within which financial markets operate

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The degree programme follows a structured core finance curriculum which progresses from first to final year. Compulsory modules provide coverage of core finance knowledge: economics, quantitative techniques/econometrics, financial institutions and markets, financial statement analysis, corporate governance and corporate finance, derivative securities and international finance. Teaching methods employed across the degree modules include lectures, tutorials, group work, seminars and econometrics lab sessions, Trading Room.

Methods of Assessment

End-of-term examinations, class tests, group projects, take-home tests and oral presentations are used to assess students’ learning.

the nature of the main financial markets, the pricing of each market’s financial instruments and appropriate risk management techniques

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The degree programme follows a structured core finance curriculum which progresses from first to final year. Compulsory modules provide coverage of core finance knowledge: economics, quantitative techniques/econometrics, financial institutions and markets, financial statement analysis, corporate governance and corporate finance, derivative securities and international finance. Teaching methods employed across the degree modules include lectures, tutorials, group work, seminars and econometrics lab sessions, Trading Room.

Methods of Assessment

End-of-term examinations, class tests, group projects, take-home tests and oral presentations are used to assess students’ learning.

core finance theories and their application to practical problems

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The degree programme follows a structured core finance curriculum which progresses from first to final year. Compulsory modules provide coverage of core finance knowledge: economics, quantitative techniques/econometrics, financial institutions and markets, financial statement analysis, corporate governance and corporate finance, derivative securities and international finance. Teaching methods employed across the degree modules include lectures, tutorials, group work, seminars and econometrics lab sessions, Trading Room.

Methods of Assessment

End-of-term examinations, class tests, group projects, take-home tests and oral presentations are used to assess students’ learning.

the relationship between financial theory and empirical testing

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The degree programme follows a structured core finance curriculum which progresses from first to final year. Compulsory modules provide coverage of core finance knowledge: economics, quantitative techniques/econometrics, financial institutions and markets, financial statement analysis, corporate governance and corporate finance, derivative securities and international finance. Teaching methods employed across the degree modules include lectures, tutorials, group work, seminars and econometrics lab sessions, Trading Room.

Methods of Assessment

End-of-term examinations, class tests, group projects, take-home tests and oral presentations are used to assess students’ learning.

financing arrangements and governance structures of business entities factors influencing the investment behaviour of firms and private individuals, the use, and limitations, of financial statements

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The degree programme follows a structured core finance curriculum which progresses from first to final year. Compulsory modules provide coverage of core finance knowledge: economics, quantitative techniques/econometrics, financial institutions and markets, financial statement analysis, corporate governance and corporate finance, derivative securities and international finance. Teaching methods employed across the degree modules include lectures, tutorials, group work, seminars and econometrics lab sessions, Trading Room.

Methods of Assessment

End-of-term examinations, class tests, group projects, take-home tests and oral presentations are used to assess students’ learning.

quantitative analysis techniques

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The degree programme follows a structured core finance curriculum which progresses from first to final year. Compulsory modules provide coverage of core finance knowledge: economics, quantitative techniques/econometrics, financial institutions and markets, financial statement analysis, corporate governance and corporate finance, derivative securities and international finance. Teaching methods employed across the degree modules include lectures, tutorials, group work, seminars and econometrics lab sessions, Trading Room.

Methods of Assessment

End-of-term examinations, class tests, group projects, take-home tests and oral presentations are used to assess students’ learning.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

construct arguments and exercise problem-solving skills in the context of financial theory

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Subject-specific skills are developed across modules and between levels of the programme.

Up-to-date finance literature is integrated into the curriculum, in lectures, tutorials, sessions in the Trading Room.

Methods of Assessment

Summative assessment of subject-specific skills is an integral part of all statistical/econometric based modules from level I to level III. Mathematics for finance at level I, quantitative economics at level II and applied econometrics at level III include end-of-term exams, class tests and project-work assessment methods.

Formative assessment of student learning occurs both in tutorial small-group activities and econometric software lab practicals man of which are held in the Trading Room

The ability to communicate, debate and critique the literature is assessed in oral presentations.

read and critically evaluate finance related literature

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Subject-specific skills are developed across modules and between levels of the programme.

Up-to-date finance literature is integrated into the curriculum, in lectures, tutorials, sessions in the Trading Room.

Methods of Assessment

Summative assessment of subject-specific skills is an integral part of all statistical/econometric based modules from level I to level III. Mathematics for finance at level I, quantitative economics at level II and applied econometrics at level III include end-of-term exams, class tests and project-work assessment methods.

Formative assessment of student learning occurs both in tutorial small-group activities and econometric software lab practicals man of which are held in the Trading Room

The ability to communicate, debate and critique the literature is assessed in oral presentations.

evaluate/interpret financial data

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Subject-specific skills are developed across modules and between levels of the programme.

Up-to-date finance literature is integrated into the curriculum, in lectures, tutorials, sessions in the Trading Room.

Methods of Assessment

Summative assessment of subject-specific skills is an integral part of all statistical/econometric based modules from level I to level III. Mathematics for finance at level I, quantitative economics at level II and applied econometrics at level III include end-of-term exams, class tests and project-work assessment methods.

Formative assessment of student learning occurs both in tutorial small-group activities and econometric software lab practicals man of which are held in the Trading Room

The ability to communicate, debate and critique the literature is assessed in oral presentations.

apply computer-based statistical/econometric techniques to the analysis and evaluation of data

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Subject-specific skills are developed across modules and between levels of the programme.

Up-to-date finance literature is integrated into the curriculum, in lectures, tutorials, sessions in the Trading Room.

Methods of Assessment

Summative assessment of subject-specific skills is an integral part of all statistical/econometric based modules from level I to level III. Mathematics for finance at level I, quantitative economics at level II and applied econometrics at level III include end-of-term exams, class tests and project-work assessment methods.

Formative assessment of student learning occurs both in tutorial small-group activities and econometric software lab practicals man of which are held in the Trading Room

The ability to communicate, debate and critique the literature is assessed in oral presentations.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Statistical Methods

ECO1003

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

Introduction to Econometrics

ECO2008

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Capital Markets

FIN3013

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

20%

10%

70%

International Finance

FIN3015

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

45%

55%

0%

Corporate Finance

FIN3016

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

75%

25%

0%

Mathematics for Finance

FIN1002

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

10%

20%

70%

Financial Engineering

FIN3017

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

25%

0%

75%

Managerial Economics

ECO2009

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Financial Reporting and Analysis

FIN1003

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

20%

10%

70%

Investment Analysis

FIN2010

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

25%

0%

75%

Monetary Theory

FIN2014

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

70%

30%

0%

Financial Econometrics

FIN3018

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Fixed Income Instruments

FIN3020

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

25%

0%

75%

Queen's Management School Placement Year

FIN3333

3

120

30 weeks

N

YES

70%

30%

0%

Principles of Economics

ECO1001

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

0%

30%

70%

Price Theory

ECO1002

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Instruments, Markets and Institutions

FIN1004

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

25%

0%

75%

Behavioural Finance

FIN2019

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

25%

0%

75%

EXCEL and VBA

FIN2020

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

37%

63%

0%

Notes