Modules for course N4AK | MSC/ACB
MSc Accounting and Banking

This is a provisional list of modules to be offered on this course in the 2018–19 academic year.

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

0 to 90 credits from:

  • September start must take:
  • ASB-4402: Bank Financial Management (15) (Semester 2)
    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-4406: Financial Analysis (15) (Semester 2)
    Balance sheet and income statement analysis; Financial ratio analysis and inter-firm comparison; Trend analysis and financial forecasting; Analysis of profitability and growth; The quality of financial statements, and using financial statements in valuation; Cash accounting, accrual accounting and discounted cash flow valuation; Pricing book values and earnings; Assessment of credit and equity risk.
  • ASB-4411: International Banking (15) (Semester 1)
    • 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-4418: Accounting Theory (15) (Semester 1)
    Introduction to financial accounting theory; Theories of regulation; Normative theories of accounting; Positive accounting theory; Behavioural accounting theories; Systems-oriented theories; Critical accounting theories.
  • ASB-4419: Advanced Fin Rep & Reg (15) (Semester 2)
    Convergence in International Financial Reporting and Regulation; Conceptual Framework; Regulatory environment of financial reporting; Accounting for Financial Instruments; Accounting for intangible assets; Accounting for Foreign Operations; Financial reporting issues and capital markets.
  • ASB-4601: Research Methods (15) (Semester 1)
    Describing and summarising data; Probability and probability distributions; Principles of statistical inference; Correlation and regression analysis; Regression models for panel data.
  • The above modules are compulsory for September intake students. This means that students arriving in September must take all of the above modules.

0 to 90 credits from:

  • January start must take:
  • ASB-4101: Research Methods (15) (Semester 2)
    Describing and summarising data; Probability and probability distributions; Principles of statistical inference; Correlation and regression analysis; Regression models for panel data.
  • ASB-4402: Bank Financial Management (15) (Semester 2)
    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-4406: Financial Analysis (15) (Semester 2)
    Balance sheet and income statement analysis; Financial ratio analysis and inter-firm comparison; Trend analysis and financial forecasting; Analysis of profitability and growth; The quality of financial statements, and using financial statements in valuation; Cash accounting, accrual accounting and discounted cash flow valuation; Pricing book values and earnings; Assessment of credit and equity risk.
  • ASB-4411: International Banking (15) (Semester 1)
    • 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-4418: Accounting Theory (15) (Semester 1)
    Introduction to financial accounting theory; Theories of regulation; Normative theories of accounting; Positive accounting theory; Behavioural accounting theories; Systems-oriented theories; Critical accounting theories.
  • ASB-4419: Advanced Fin Rep & Reg (15) (Semester 2)
    Convergence in International Financial Reporting and Regulation; Conceptual Framework; Regulatory environment of financial reporting; Accounting for Financial Instruments; Accounting for intangible assets; Accounting for Foreign Operations; Financial reporting issues and capital markets.
  • The above modules are compulsory for January intake students. This means that students arriving in January must take all of the above modules.

60 credits from:

  • ASB-4902: MSc 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-4903: Financial Seminar Series (60) (Semester 3)
    The content below is that delivered in 2015, but the content will vary from year to year. This will enable the seminar programme to include staff research specialisms, to reflect current and topical research issues and to adapt to any staffing changes. Topics:- Set A: Accounting Set I. A1. Corporate governance and executive compensation (Professor John Ashton). A2. Impression management (Dr Doris Merkl-Davies). Set B: Banking and Finance. B1. Competition in the banking sector (Professor John Ashton). B2. Valuation for mergers, acquisitions and leveraged buyouts (Dr Ru Xie). Set C: Corporate Finance. C1. Event studies and the measurement of abnormal returns (Dr Gwion Williams). C2. Dividend policy (Professor Lynn Hodgkinson). Set D: Financial Markets. D1. The role of rating agencies in financial markets (Professor Owain ap Gwilym). D2. Market microstructure and high frequency trading (Professor Owain ap Gwilym). Seminar E1: Monetary Policy. E1. The conduct of monetary policy (Dr Rhys ap Gwilym). Set G: Accounting Set II. G1. Earnings management (Dr Aziz Jaafar). G2. Accounting and sustainability (Professor Lynn Hodgkinson). Each student must attend six of the above research seminars, as follows: MSc Accounting, MSc Accounting and Banking, MSc Accounting and Finance: Seminars A1, A2, C1, C2, G1, G2. MSc/MA Finance, MSc International Finance, MSc Investment Management, MSc/MA Management and Finance: Seminars B2, C1, C2, D1, D2, E1. MSc/MA Banking and Finance, MSc International Banking, MSc/MA Islamic Banking and Finance: Seminars B1, B2, C1, C2, D1, E1.
  • 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

30 credits from:

  • ASB-4405: Int'l Financial Management (15) (Semester 2)
    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-4414: Corporate Risk Management (15) (Semester 1)
    The nature of risk management; Risk identification; Business loss exposures; Risk measurement; Probability distributions (uses and limitations); Risk control tools; Risk financing tools; Influence of the market on risk management decisions; The interdependence of insurance and loss prevention decision; Insurance versus alternatives.
  • ASB-4420: Management Accounting (15) (Semester 2)
    The use of financial data in assessing business performance; Using this data to set the strategic aims of the organisation; The methods available to the management accountant for developing effective management in any specific situation; Cost classification, allocation and the use of various analytical models; Discussion of the issues of variance analysis; Study of ABC and SABM principles, their strengths and weaknesses, and their place in current management thinking.
  • ASB-4446: Financial Ethics & Regulation (15) (Semester 1)
    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.