COURSE SPECIFICA TION 1. Name of course and highest award MA International Finance 2. Scheme Postgraduat e 3. Total credit for course 180 4. Possible interim awards PG Certificat e; PG Diploma 5. Awarding/validating institution/body London Metropolitan University 6. Teaching institution London Metropolitan University 7. Course also accredited by None 8. Profe ssional body exemptions/accreditation none 9. External subject benchmarks Accounting 10. UCAS code (undergraduat e only) 11. London Met course code MAIF N 12. Route code N/A 13. JACS code N/A 14. Source of funding HEFCE 15. Approved to run from September 2010 16. Mode of attendance Full-time; Part time Day 17. Expected duration of course Maximum durations: PG Cert 3 years; PG Dip 4 years; MA 6 years Minimum durations: MA 1 year 18. Organised work experience/sandwich year/year abroad N/A 19. Career education, information and guidance 20. Admi ssions Autumn and Spring intak es 21. Teaching location Nort h 22. Home academic department London Metropolitan Business School 23. Course Leader Bode Akinwande 24. Main educational aims of the course The aim of this MSc is to deliver an academically rigorous masters level programme which provides students with the opportunity to achieve masters level critical thinking about current issues in international finance. To enable students to acquire and develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that will equip them to pursue careers in international finance. To enable students evaluate the implications of different financial decisions. To develop student’s intellectual, personal and practical skills in the area of international finance consistent with masters level study 25. Course learning outcomes 25a. Knowledge and understanding The student is expected to; 1 To acquire an understanding of the economic factors affecting the modern or ganisation and how global financ e affects the business world 2. Be aware of and apply the theoretical models which underpin modern int ernational financial management 3 Be aware of and apply the strategic, social, political and ethical factors which impact upon modern day international financial management 4 Be aware of and apply quantitative, financial and econometric modelling techniques which underpin the analysis of economic and financial information 25a(i). Teaching/learning strategies and methods The direct contact time takes place through lectures, seminars and practical IT workshops whereby information is conveyed through various methods such as case studies, student seminars, problem based learning. Students are expected to complement this 'formal' learning activities with the reading of material suggested in the course module booklets. 25a(ii). Asse ssment Students should expect to be assessed through a variety of methods strictly related to the outcomes of the course as set out above. Formative assessments such as coursework will require students to: Analyse case studies Collect, manipulate, analyse and evaluate quantitative and financial data Write reports on specific financial matters Summative assessments such as unseen exams will address all the above outcomes in various forms and will require students to deal with; Numerical and financial problems Analysis of information Short and Long Essays 25b. Cogni tive/intellectual skill s By the end of the course the student is expected to develop higher order skills that are reflected in the student's ability to; 1 Undertak e original research 2 Critically review and analyse data 3 use a range of quantitative, financial and computer modelling skills to solve financial problems 4 are able to provide a critical review of the relevant literature applicable to a particular problem 25b(i ). Teaching/learning strategies and methods The contact time with teaching teams will be organised around lectures, seminars, case studies, simulation analysis guest speakers and industrial visits. 25b(ii). Asse ssment Students will be exposed to various assessment strategies which are part of the development and evaluation of the above skills Formative assessment such as essay writing, case study analysis will be accompanies by summative assessment such as unseen ex ams. All assessment methods are designed to develop a critical understanding of int ernational business finance as it applies at masters degree level study 25c. Practical skills Key skills to be developed include Interactive problem -solving and decision making Focused and articulated written communication Financial planning skills Stakeholder management skills Independent learning skills Demonstrate critical thinking, and originality and solving problems at masters level 25c (i ). Teaching/learning strategies and methods The teaching an learning strategy will build on the inter-dependent and independent learning philosophy of the course and students will be expected to take a high degree of responsibility for their own learning. 25c (ii). Asse ssment The skills are assessed through the taught modules and through the dissertation. 25d. Key/transferable skills including employability and professional practice The overall curriculum is designed to develop skills appropriate to postgraduate study which will enable the student to seek employment or to pursue further study such as an MPhil or PhD. These skills are: Communicate ideas, principles and theories to specific financial problems Work effectively towards the achievement of goals Research key areas of international financ e Apply a range of quantitative, financial and computer modelling skills to the analysis of financial problems 25d(i ). Teaching/learning strategies and methods The overall curriculum is designed to develop in postgraduate students the specific skills that should define their post graduateness at the end of the period of study. These skills are embedded in the curriculum and developed within each module and the final dissertation. 25d(ii). Asse ssment The general principles of international finance are developed in the core modules. The designated and elective modules build on the cores to provide specific knowledge to esoteric areas of international finance. The research methods module develops students research skills which are applied in the dissertation. 26. Course structure diagram DIA GRAM FOR POS TGRA DUA TE COURSES Course Title: MA International Financ e Course Type: Masters Course Leader: Humphrey Shaw Full-time Award Semester Code Title Status Credit Notes Points Masters Autumn ECP064N Global Financial Markets c 20 BAP018N Quantitative Analysis for c 20 Finance ACP002N International Business c 20 Finance & Investment Spring Designate d 20 Choose from following list Elective e 20 ACP003N Research Methods for c 20 Accounting & Finance Summer ACPP07N Dissertation c 60 PG Cert PG Dip Part-time Award Semester Code Title Status Credit Notes Points Masters Autumn ECP064N Global Financial Markets c 20 (year 1) BAP018N Quantitative Analysis for c 20 Finance Spring ACP002N International Business c 20 (year 1) Finance & Investment Designate d 20 Choose from following list Autumn Elective e 20 (year 2) ACP003N Research Methods for c 20 Accounting & Finance Spring/ ACPP07N Dissertation c 60 Summe r PG Cert Students who have passed modules totalling at least 60 credits are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate PG Dip Students who have passed modules totalling 120 credits are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma DIA GRAM FOR POS TGRA DUA TE AWARD TITLES Level Title of available award Notes PG Cert Students who have passed modules totalling at least 60 credits are eligibl e for the award of Postgraduate Certificate PG Dip Students who have passed modules totalling 120 credits are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma Masters Designate Module s Students must choose one module from the designat e list: ACP004N Mergers & Acquisitions ACP005N Corporate Financial Planning ACP006C Strategic Management Cont rol & Appraisal ACP008N International Financial Management 27. Asse ssment diagram Modules Assessment ECP064 BAP018 ACP002 ACP003 ACP004 ACP005 ACP006 ACP008 ACPP07 Submission Submission Submission Submission Submission Submission Submission Submission Submission Weighting Weighting Weighting Weighting Weighting Weighting Weighting Weighting Weighting week no week no week no week no week no week no week no week no week no Unseen 50 50 50 50 100 50 50 exam EXU Coursework 50 12 50 10 50 11 50 10 50 8 50 9 50 10 CWK Coursework 50 13 CWK Dissertation/ 100 13 Project DIS 28. Additional general comments (if appropriate) There are three main themes that characterise the MA in International Finance. The overriding theme underlying the course structure is the global nature of finance and investment. The theme is addressed in a coherent and progressive manner through the core modules as summarised in the following chart: First Theme ECP064N ACP002N BAP018N Global Financial International Business Quantitative Analysis Markets Finance & Investment for Finance Second Theme The second t heme is concerned with specialist areas of international finance available in t he designate modules ranging from mergers and ac quisitions, corporate financial planning management, strategic aspects of management accounting, and international financial management. Students must choose one of these. A designate module may also be taken as an elective. ACP006 ACP004N ACP005 Strategic Management ACP008N Mergers & Acquisitions Corporate Financial Cont rol & Appraisal International Financial Planning Management Third Theme The third theme covers the research part of the course and allows a student to research an area of international finance in which they are currently interested. ACP003N ACPP07N Research Methods for Dissertation (Triple weight ed module) Accounting & Finance The course has been designed to ensure accessibility to students with disabilities and that anticipatory reasonable adjustments can be made to reflect their needs. The curriculum The course seeks to provide students with an understanding of the key economic and financial principles relating to the study of int ernational finance. This is why students study Global Financial Markets and International Business Financ e and Investment as the two key core modules. By its very nature finance is a quantitative subject and this is why students are introduced to Quantitative Analysis for Finance so that they can understand how to analyse and use financial dat a. The designat ed modules provide students with an understanding of key areas of international finance. Finally the cours e seeks to develop a students ability to undertake original research which is key part of postgraduate and masters level study. M A International Finance subscribes to the Principles of Responsible Management Education. Ethical behaviour by professional managers is embedded in the course modules. One of the aims of International Business Finance (ACP002) is to examine the organisational and governance structures and constraints on financial decision making, within a principal-agent analytical framework. Global Financial Markets (ECP 064) examines key trends in global finance including the costs and benefits of financial innovation. Quntitative Analysis for Finance introduces students to appreciate the role of modelling wit hin a financial planning context, and the debates and controversies which arise from different modelling approaches. Personal Development Planning: Whilst students will be encouraged to reflect on their progress in individual modules, particular emphasis will be placed in Res earch M ethods and the process of preparing a dissertation. Students will be encouraged to chos e a dissertation research topic, that they are both interested in and which could enhance their employment prospects. Students will meet with the course leader during Research Methods on a regular basis to select and refine their chosen topic. The process of reflection is emphasised and embedded in the dissert ation module. The student and supervisor must communicate on a regular basis. They will agree a time line to submi t individual chapters of the dissertation and the student will reflect on feedback from the supervisor. International: Finance is an international subject as is evidenced by the rise in international finance. It cannot be studied in a country context only. The two core modules Global financial Markets and International Business and Finance are as their titles suggest ‘international’ in their focus. Students have to chose an international aspect in their dissertation, often they chose their home country for this purpose. Research: This is embedded in each module. Staff will use their own research to inform teaching. They will attend outside conferences to ensure their knowledge is contemporary. Visiting speakers will provide either a researc h or practitioner focus. Students will need to demonstrate their ability to research to complet e a successful dissertation. 29. Standard Universi ty entry requirements, inc APEL/AP(E)L 30. Career opportunities The course attracts a number of international students and they find the international dimension invaluable in finding careers in their home country. Students can use the dissertation to focus on an aspect of finance and us e this to apply for specific career opportunities. The course leader will invite visiting speakers to talk about career opportunities to 31. Course summary The aim of this MSc is to deliver an academically rigorous masters level programme which provides students with the opportunity to achieve masters level critical thinking about current issues in international finance. To enable students to acquire and develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that will equip them to pursue careers in international finance. To enable students evaluate the implic ations of different financial decisions. To develop student’s intellectual, personal and practical skills in the area of international finance consistent with masters level study At the back of this course handbook in section 15 you will find the Module Directory listing core and designate modules for the course, together with brief summaries of the content of each module. In addition you can consult the on-line PostGrad-Line directory on the web. This has full and complete specifications of the modules, in addition to the summaries. 31. Course Regulatory Schedule The course conforms to the University's postgraduate (taught) regulations.
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