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MN50498: Contemporary finance issues

[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: School of Management
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Seminar Paper (CW 75%)
  • Presentation (CW 25%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Aims: This is a seminar-based course that develops research skills by focusing on key issues in finance, financial management, and related subjects such as international finance and risk management.

Learning Outcomes: By the end of the course students will be able to:
* Analyse and critique key research questions/problems in finance/financial management.
* Prepare and present a detailed research paper on a key topic.
* Effectively communicate research findings.

Skills: The course will develop a blend of intellectual and practical skills as follows:
Intellectual skills:
* Ability to apply theoretical knowledge and empirical evidence to the analysis of contemporary finance issues.
* Critical appraisal analysis of the relevant literature.
* Analysis and presentation of data/information.
Professional/transferrable skills:
* Independent research of complex finance issues.
* Oral and written communication presentation of complex phenomena.
* Ability to organise and manage work both individually and where relevant, in teams.

Content: The course will cover a range of finance topics selected by students and could include, for example, the effectiveness of the efficient markets hypothesis; the importance of capital structure and the motives for risk management.

Programme availability:

MN50498 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management


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