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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title International Finance
Module Code EF305
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Fabiola Schneider
Semester 2: Fabiola Schneider
Autumn: Fabiola Schneider
Module TeachersLiam Hourihane
Michael Dowling
Shaen Corbet
Fabiola Schneider
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

The purpose of this module is to provide students with an understanding of international finance. Our perspective is that of the financial manager who must determine the best method for finding and allocating capital as well as managing risk. The objective of this course is, therefore, to equip the financial manager with the theoretical background to maximise firm value from international operations. Concepts such as exchange rates, hedging, foreign direct investment (FDI) and international markets are studied. Special emphasis is placed on practical example and the relevance of international finance to managers. Students are expected to participate in weekly lectures.

Learning Outcomes

1. Apply theories of currency market movements.
2. Assess historical and contemporary international financial systems and compare their relevance to markets, the world of business and management.
3. Identify key factors that influence foreign direct investment and its drivers.
4. Determine how capital flows to international markets and how internationalisation of markets drives portfolio construction.
5. Appraise sustainability and its relevance for finance in different international contexts.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study41Library reading in prepation for lectures
Independent Study60Exam Revision
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Foundations of International Finance
Students are introduced to the theories of globalisation and the multinational firm. A historical background on the international monetary system is given and contemporary issues regarding monetary systems and the balance of payments are explored.

Foreign Exchange Markets
FX Markets are introduced and students will learn how firms access these markets and understand relevant terminology and quotes, for both spot and forward markets. International parity relationships are examined in this context and are tested empirically. FX derivatives are studied as hedging techniques.

Markets and Institutions
International bond and equity markets are introduced and their relevance for the financial manager is discussed. International portfolio investment, and the diversification benefits it brings, are studied in some depth.

Multinationals Firms
Students study foreign direct investment (FDI) and cross-border M&A. We look at its motivations, and the effect on the firm. International capital structure is studied for firms with operations in multiple jurisdictions.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment25% Examination Weight75%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group assignmentn/a25%Week 8
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Eun, C. and B. Resnick: 2020, International Financial Management, 9th edition, McGrawHill,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
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BSEBachelor of Business Studies (Exchange)
BSIBusiness Studies ( with INTRA )
BSSAStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
BSSAOStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
EBBA in Global Business
EBCBA in Global Business (Canada)
EBFBA in Global Business (France)
EBGBA in Global Business (Germany)
EBSBA in Global Business (Spain)
EBTBA in Global Business (USA)
ECSAOStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
HMSAStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
HMSAOStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
INTBBachelor Business Studies International
SHSAStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
SHSAOStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
Date of Last Revision21-SEP-11

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