Banking and Finance

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Course Open to: 
Students on-site
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Course Description: 

This course offers the financial theory and quantitative tools necessary for understanding how companies are financed, what investment decisions consumers make and the role of banks and financial intermediaries in the system.

The course is quantitative and challenging. It takes a rigorous and critical view of banking and finance. The aim is to provide the students with a lasting conceptual framework in which to view and analyze financial decisions. The course will relate the material to current financial news and the recent financial crisis.

Learning Outcomes: 


Core Learning Area

Learning Outcome

Interpersonal Communication Skills

Participate in class discussions and problem solving exercises. Present arguments and findings. Objectively critique findings of fellow students.

Cultural Sensitivity and Diversity

Harness international and professional diversity of students in viewing issues and problems from different perspectives.

Quantitative Reasoning

Apply financial models and formulae.

Critical Thinking

Exercise the powers of inquiry, logical thinking and critical analysis. Interpret and evaluate theoretical arguments and empirical evidence.

Ethics and Social Responsibility

Evaluate and discuss challenges related to corporate governance, social responsibility and ethical and professional behavior.

Management Knowledge and Skills

Attain a broad understanding of the principles and techniques of finance and financial decision making.


Letter grades will be assigned following departmental guidelines. The weights on different parts of the class are:

exam                             60%

participation                    15%                             

homework assignments     25%

Violations of the exam and assignment rules will be punished, serious violations will also automatically result in failing the course. To pass, you need to get at least 50% in total and at least 50% in all assignment categories separately, and at least 30% in the exam.