Modules for course N3AD | MBA/BIF
MBA Banking and Finance

These were the modules for this course in the 2016–17 academic year.

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • ASB-4411: International Banking (15)
    • Overview of financial management at modern banks; • Current trends and impacts of foreign banks • Origins and evolution of international banks and markets • Evaluating country risks; • The location decision; • Diversification, risk and value • Syndicated lending; • Financial crises; • Issues in international bank regulation; • Issues in executive compensation
  • ASB-4431: Organisations and People (15)
    Theories and models of management: classical and contemporary; Organisation structures: strategy, design and function, job design; Organisation cultures: values, ethics, norms of behaviour; Organisation processes: survival, change, growth and development; Organisational learning, and learning organisations; Individual differences: perception, learning, motivation, equality and diversity; Groups and teams in the organisation; Managing relationships: power, control and conflict resolution, communication; Managers as leaders, people developers, coaches; Managing and rewarding performance.

Semester 2

  • ASB-4115: Management Research (15)
    • Research methodologies and philosophy: positivism and interpretivism; • Qualitative research methods and the search for meaning; • The process: selecting a research strategy and design; • Data gathering, documentary records, triangulation and mixed methods; • Quantitative research design and methodologies; • Analysis of quantitative data; univariate and multivariate analysis, factor analysis, cluster analysis, and MANOVA.
  • ASB-4402: Bank Financial Management (15)
    External and internal drivers that shape bank financial management; Financial and performance analysis; Asset and liability management; Lending and securitisation; Risk and capital adequacy; Capital allocation and VAR (Value-At-Risk) modelling; Current issues in bank financial management.
  • ASB-4437: Merger and Acquisition (15)
    Theory of the firm: "Build vs Buy"; Current issues in the M&A landscape; Motives for M&A; How do mergers work? When do mergers work? Winners and losers; Valuation in the context of an acquisition; Criteria for value-adding acquisitions; Cross-border vs domestic acquisitions.

60 credits from:

  • ASB-4901: MBA Dissertation (60) (Semester 3)
    There is no set syllabus. The dissertation encourages students to develop a critical awareness of the professional skills relevant to the strategic management of a variety of business practices. Students choose their research topic, provided that there is suitable and sufficient reading material available, and a member of staff is available to supervise in the chosen area of study.
  • ASB-4904: Applied Business Projects (60) (Semester 3)
    Students will choose four Applied Business Projects from the list below: • e-Business and Value Chain • Human Resource Management • Financial Services Mis-selling • Investment and Private Banking • Operations Management • Business Planning
  • ASB-4910: Finc'l Research & CFA Series (60) (Semester 3)
    In the Research Seminar component, the precise content will vary from year to year. This will enable the programme to include staff research specialisms, to reflect current and topical research issues and to adapt to any staffing changes. Indicative content for 2016 (labelling is consistent with the existing ASB4903/4896 module): A1. Corporate governance and executive compensation (Professor John Ashton). C1. Event studies and the measurement of abnormal returns (Dr Gwion Williams). D1. The role of rating agencies in financial markets (Professor Owain ap Gwilym). Each student must attend two of the above research seminars, as follows: MSc Accounting, MSc Accounting and Banking, MSc Accounting and Finance: Seminars A1, C1. MSc/MA Banking and Finance, MSc International Banking, MSc/MA Islamic Banking and Finance, MSc/MA Finance, MSc International Finance, MSc Investment Management, MSc/MA Management and Finance. Seminars C1, D1. MBA Banking and Finance, MBA Finance, MBA Islamic Banking and Finance. Seminars A1, D1. This is applicable to September and January intakes, in both Bangor and London. In the CFA component: Prepare students to undertake a professional exam. Training will cover topics on the CFA Level 1 syllabus. Indicative content for 2016: Ethical and Professional Standards; Quantitative Methods; Economics; Financial Reporting and Analysis; Corporate Finance; Portfolio Management; Equity Investments; Fixed Income Investments; Derivatives; and Alternative Investments.

Optional Modules

45 credits from:

  • ASB-4405: Int'l Financial Management (15) (Semester 1)
    The financial management of multinational companies (MNCs). The macroeconomic, fiscal, currency and political environments. Determinants of exchange rates, and purchasing power and interest rate parity. Management of exchange rate exposure through forwards, options. Corporate financing decisions and the role of the global financial markets. Cost of capital and performance evaluation; capital investment appraisal. Working capital management and the positioning of funds in the MNC.
  • ASB-4409: Banking and Development (15) (Semester 1)
    • Financial development and economic growth; • Capital markets and development; • Financial repression and financial liberalization (Developments in FS policy); • Financial fragility and the institutional environment; • Politics, the State and finance • Family ownership • Competition and market power • Efficiency considerations • Privatising the banking system; • Global crisis and the re-emergence of the State
  • ASB-4413: Int'l Strategic Management (15) (Semester 1)
    The concepts of strategic management. The vocabulary of strategy; prescriptive and emergent strategies. Strategy, the organisation and the environment. The core processes: strategic analysis; strategy formulation; strategic choice. Vertical integration; make/buy decision; corporate parenting and internationalisation.
  • ASB-4425: Invstmt Strat & Portfolio Mgmt (15) (Semester 2)
    The characteristics and roles of investment institutions; Investment objectives and the asset allocation decision; Principles of portfolio management; Bond valuation and bond portfolio management strategies; Equity portfolio management strategies; Performance measurement;
  • ASB-4446: Financial Ethics & Regulation (15) (Semester 2)
    The lecture programme will outline the principle areas of content with specific skills honed within seminars. The lecture programme will be introduced through considering past cases of poor ethical practice in financial services industry to motivate the subsequent studies. The module will then develop to consider moral and normative ethics in a business context, the application of ethical principles within key financial services areas including lending, investment and trading. The lecture programme will then consider the role of individuals, organisations and corporate governance arrangements in financial services decision making, expected professional standards and the evolution of conduct of business regulation internationally within the financial services industry.
  • ASB-4450: Financial Stability (15) (Semester 1)
    • Theories of financial crises; • The role of central banks for financial stability; • Financial stability implications of the industrial organization of banking systems; • Measuring systemic risk; • Too systemically important to fail and related phenomena; • Contagion and interbank markets; • Financial stability and the real economy; • The policy responses to financial instabilities and regulation; • Tools to evaluate bank soundness: Stress testing techniques.