Modules for course NN45 | BA/AB
BA Accounting and Banking

These are the modules currently offered on this course in the 2018–19 academic year.

You can also view the modules offered in the years: 2017–18.

Use the buttons after the module titles (where available) to see a brief description of the content, or:
Show all descriptions
Hide all descriptions

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-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-3211: Adv.Accounting Theory & Pract (20)
    Normative theories of accounting; Positive accounting theories; Behavioural accounting theories; Systems-oriented theories; Critical accounting theories; Conceptual frameworks for financial reporting; A regulatory framework for financial reporting; Presentation of financial statements; Specific issues, including financial instruments, leases. provision, contingent liabilities and contingent assests: taxation.

Semester 2

  • ASB-3206: Money and Banking (10)
    Money and the financial system; Interest rates, financial instruments and financial markets; Financial institutions and bank management; Central banks, monetary policy and financial stability; Central bank balance sheet and the money supply process; Modern monetary economics.
  • 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-3211: Adv.Accounting Theory & Pract
    Normative theories of accounting; Positive accounting theories; Behavioural accounting theories; Systems-oriented theories; Critical accounting theories; Conceptual frameworks for financial reporting; A regulatory framework for financial reporting; Presentation of financial statements; Specific issues, including financial instruments, leases. provision, contingent liabilities and contingent assests: taxation.
  • 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.

20 to 40 credits from:

  • ASB-3212: Taxation (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    The place of taxation in the economy; The balance between equity and efficiency; Income tax and incentives to work and save; The role of capital taxation; The bases of taxation and investment incentives; Reform of the tax system; Tax as a policy tool; The calculation of personal, corporate, capital gains, inheritance and value added tax liabilities; Basic tax planning.
    or
    ADB-3212: Trethiant (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Lle trethiant yn yr economi; Y cydbwysedd rhwng ecwiti ac effeithlonrwydd; Treth incwm a chymhelliannau i weithio ac arbed; Swyddogaeth trethiant cyfalaf; Seiliau trethiant a chymhelliannau buddsoddi; Diwygio'r system dreth; Treth fel cyfrwng polisi; Cyfrifo rhwymedigaethau treth bersonol, gorfforaethol, enillion cyfalaf, etifeddu a threth ar werth; Cynllunio sylfaenol o ran talu trethi.
  • ASB-3214: Auditing (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Theoretical, regulatory and ethical background to both internal and external auditing; Risk assessment in the context of internal and external audit; The audit planning process; Gathering of audit evidence; Contents of audit reports; International procedural and ethical standards.
  • Students must take one of these modules, the other may be taken as an option.

Optional Modules

10 to 30 credits from:

  • ASB-3008: Financial Technology (10) (Semester 2)
  • CCB-3202: Ymdrin â'ch Pwnc yn Gymraeg (10) (Semester 1)
    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-3204: Corporate Risk Management (10) (Semester 1)
    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-3208: Financial Statement Analysis (10) (Semester 2)
    Financial ratio analysis and interfirm comparison; Trend analysis and financial forecasting; Dividends, earnings and share valuation; Valuation techniques; Investment analysis; Distress prediction and company acquisations.
  • ASB-3215: Adv Inv Theory & Practice (10) (Semester 2)
    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.
  • ASB-3217: Investment (10) (Semester 1)
  • 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-3400: Law for Business (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.
    or
    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-3509: Corp. Social Responsibility (10) (Semester 2)
    This module involves a visit to an organisation, during which emphasis will be placed upon its CSR strategies. An opportunity will also be available to relate CSR theory to its practical applications.
  • ASB-3527: Executive Compensation (10) (Semester 2)
  • Students may choose from the above list of modules subject to pre-requisites.