Modules for course N322 | BA/BIF
BA Banking and Finance

This is a provisional list of modules to be offered on this course in the 2019–20 academic year.

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Year 3 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • ASB-3201: International Banking (10)
    Introduction to international banking; Commercial banking vs. investment banking; Investment banking; Comparative banking system; International consolidation and mergers in banking; Country risk analysis; International financial crises - theory; International financial crises - cases; International financial regulation (1); International financial regulation (2).
  • ASB-3204: Corporate Risk Management (10)
    The nature of risk management; Risk identification; The firm's loss exposure; Risk measurement and probability distributions; Risk control tools; Risk financing; Insurance and the alternatives; Legal aspects of insurance and insurance contracts; Dealing with insurers.
  • ASB-3210: Advanced Corporate Finance (20)
    The module examines the theory and practice of corporate investment and financial decisions. Topics include: mean-variance analysis, option pricing, capital structure, dividend policy, efficient capital markets, agency theory, mergers and restructuring. Particular emphasis will be placed on topical areas within corporate governance and investments.
  • ASB-3512: Investment Banking (10)
    Introduction in investment banking; Underwriting; The tools of valuation; Mergers and acquisitions; Deal making with difference of opinion; Private equity and LBO; Asset restructuring; Introduction to investment funds; Trading; Investment banking: recent studies.

Semester 2

  • ASB-3210: Advanced Corporate Finance
    The module examines the theory and practice of corporate investment and financial decisions. Topics include: mean-variance analysis, option pricing, capital structure, dividend policy, efficient capital markets, agency theory, mergers and restructuring. Particular emphasis will be placed on topical areas within corporate governance and investments.
  • ASB-3215: Portfolio Management (10)
    Market efficiency; Performance measurement and attribution; Measuring investment risk; Anomalies in returns and common investment philosophies; Benchmarking and models of expected returns; Testing for excess returns: methodologies; Testing for excess returns: key findings; Theoretical rationale for findings of excess returns; Real-world issues in the implementation of investment strategies.

Optional Modules

30 to 50 credits from:

  • ASB-3008: Financial Technology (10) (Semester 2)
  • ASB-3102: International Business (10) (Semester 1)
    Globalisation and international business; Challenges of operating in an international environment; Culture in the global environment; Role of governments in international business; Economic and behavioural explanations of international business; Range of transaction modes, export/import, joint venture, licensing and other cooperative modes, wholly-owned direct investment; Creating a Global Value Chain; Selecting countries and modes of entry; Challenges of implementing international business strategy.
  • ASB-3103: Marketing Strategy & Man. (10) (Semester 1)
    Introduction and course organisation; Relationship Marketing; Entrepreneurial Marketing; Branding; Creating a Marketing Strategy; Marketing Audit and Tools 1 & 2; Formulating Marketing Strategies; Choosing a Case Study/Small Group Formation; Case study preparation and presentation.
  • ASB-3104: Entrepreneurship Cap & Firm (10) (Semester 1)
    Introduction to entrepreneurship; Evolution of the Concept of Entrepreneurship; Characteristics of the entrepreneur; Creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship; The role of entrepreneurs in the economy and society; Entrepreneurship in large firms; Types of entrepreneurship; Defining small businesses; Entrepreneurship in the future.
    ADB-3104: Entrepreneuriaeth Cyf & Cwmni (10) (Semester 1)
    Cyflwyniad i entrepreneuriaeth; Esblygiad y cysyniad o entrepreneuriaeth; Nodweddion yr entrepreneur; Creadigrwydd, arloesi ac entrepreneuriaeth; Rôl entrepreneuriaid yn yr economi a chymdeithas; Entrepreneuriaeth mewn cwmnïau mawr; Mathau o entrepreneuriaeth; Diffinio busnesau bychain; Entrepreneuriaeth yn y dyfodol.
  • ASB-3112: Advertising Strategy (10) (Semester 1)
    Theoretical advertising models; The advertising management process: messages, media and measurement of advertising effectiveness; Advertising campaign development, with emphasis on planning and analysing advertising media; Internet advertising, mobile and ambient media; Branding and globalisation of advertising; Promotion management, marketing-oriented public relations, sponserships and trade promotions.
    ADB-3112: Strategaeth Hysbysebu (10) (Semester 1)
    Modelau hysbysebu damcaniaethol; Y broses o reoli hysbysebu: negeseuon, y cyfryngau a mesur effeithiolrwydd hysbysebu; Datblygu ymgyrch hysbysebu, gyda phwyslais ar gynllunio a dadansoddi cyfryngau hysbysebu; Hysbysebu ar y rhyngrwyd, cyfryngau symudol ac amgylchol; Brandio a globaleiddio hysbysebu; Rheoli hyrwyddo, cysylltiadau cyhoeddus gyda phwyslais ar farchnata, noddi a hyrwyddo masnach
  • ASB-3114: e-Marketing (10) (Semester 1)
    Defining the field: Introduction to the module and e-marketing as a strategic tool; E-marketing strategy and the e-marketing environment; Social media marketing; The e-marketing mix; The consumers perspective; The marketers perspective; Online retailing; Mobile marketing.
  • CCB-3202: Ymdrin â'ch Pwnc yn Gymraeg (10) (Semester 2)
    Edrychir yn fanwl ar gyweiriau iaith ac egwyddorion Cymraeg Clir a cheir cyfle i arbrofi ag ysgrifennu darnau gwahanol yng nghyd-destun amrywiol feysydd academaidd ar gyfer gwahanol gynulleidfaeodd. Rhoir arweiniad ar sut i ymgyfarwyddo â thermau penodol gwahanol bynciau. Ceir cyfle i ymarfer sgiliau a fydd o ddefnydd i'r myfyrwyr wrth ddilyn eu cyrsiau trwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg e.e. ysgrifennu nodiadau cydlynnus, crynhoi, trawsieithu a chyfieithu deunydd a defnyddir yn eu meysydd cwricwlaidd. Rhan bwysig o'r modiwl yw'r gwaith paratoi tuag at y cyflwyniad llafar (40% o'r marc terfynol) lle ceir cyfle i gyflwyno elfen benodol ar eu maes academaidd o flaen cynulleidfa o ddarlithwyr a chyd-fyfyrwyr.
  • ASB-3309: Behavioural Finance (10) (Semester 2)
    Introduction to behavioural finance as a descriptive approach to explaining decisions and behaviour in financial markets, based on psychological theory and evidence; Theory and evidence on the efficient markets hypothesis; Expected utility theory, axioms, attitudes to risk and curvature of the utility of wealth curve, Rabin’s critique; Psychological research, examples of irrational behaviour and choices; Prospect theory, examples of irrational behaviour by individual investors; Limits to arbitrage, evidence of inefficiency, noise trader risk; The closed-end funds puzzle; Investor sentiment, under-reaction and over-reaction to news, momentum, positive feedback trading and herding, bubbles, booms, crashes and fads; Corporate finance applications, new share issues, equity and debt finance.
  • ASB-3320: Current Issues in Economics (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • ASB-3412: Dissertation (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    There is no set syllabus. The subject matter can be drawn from any area of accounting, banking, economics, finance, business studies, management or marketing, 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. You should choose your topic in consultation with the module organiser and other members of staff at the start of the academic year.
    ACB-3412: Traethawd (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Nid oes maes llafur penodedig. Gall y testun ddod o unrhyw faes astudiaethau busnes, rheolaeth neu farchnata, ar yr amod bod deunydd darllen addas a digonol ar gael a bod aelod staff ar gael i oruchwylio'r maes astudio a ddewiswyd. Dylech ddewis eich testun mewn ymgynghoriad â threfnydd y modiwl ac aelodau staff eraill ar ddechrau'r flwyddyn academaidd.
  • ASB-3500: Britain and the EU (10) (Semester 1)
    Elements of a governmental system; Relationship between the legislature, executive and judiciary, constituions and the rule of law; The British state and its institutions, the executive, the prime minister and monarch; The nation state and the EU; Sovereignty, legitimacy, subsidiarity and multi-level governance; History and evolution of the EU; Consultative and legislative processes of the EU; The EU as an experimental, evolving and unique model of multi-level governance.
  • ASB-3527: Executive Compensation (10) (Semester 2)
  • Students may choose from the above list of modules subject to pre-requisites.