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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Financial Markets
Module Code EF307P
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Rhea George
Semester 2: Rhea George
Autumn: Rhea George
Module TeachersAnn Largey
Rhea George
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will introduce students to financial markets and the financial institutions that represent each of private, public and sovereign interests, that participate in them. In this module students will develop their knowledge of the function of financial markets as well as the securities that they provide a trading platform for. Students will develop the skills to value such securities. This module is delivered through a combination of weekly lectures and on-line learning tools, including moodle quizes. Students are expected to attend lectures and to engage in on-line learning and research activities on a regular basis. In addition students will undertake problem sets and read recommended expert articles.

Learning Outcomes

1. explain and critically analyse the behaviour of financial markets and institutions
2. analyze individual stocks and stock markets
3. analyze sovereign and corporate bonds
4. describe the use of derivatives
5. explain (international) portfolio diversification
6. assess the risks and the benefits of financial markets from different perspectives

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36No Description
Independent Study20Moodle Quiz
Independent Study29Research
Independent Study20Problem sets
Directed learning20Preparation for examination
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

The Investment Environment
This section will examine the investment environment and describe the function and structure of capital markets. It will describe the process by which securities are created and the major trading protocols and trading platforms that have resulted

This section will build student's understanding of the nature of equity investment within a market-wide risk and return framework. Students will develop technical skills to value equities from a number of different perspectives.This section will consider the implications of international equity investment in terms of currency risk and dual listing.

Bonds and Money Market Securities
This section provides a grounding in the principles of fixed income investment sceurities, including zero-coupon bonds, government and corporate bonds. Students will learn how to value such securities and the role they would play in an investment portfolio within a market-wide risk and return framework.

Derivative Securities and Alternative Investments
This section introduces students to derivative securities such as futures and options. Students will develop their understanding of the nature and investment characteristics of these securities. This section also examines alternative investments including hedge funds.

Principles of Portfolio Investment
This section looks at the theory of portfolio based investment and builds student's knowledge to understand and calculate the benefits of diversification in a portfolio context

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
In Class TestEnd of term assessment100%Sem 1 End
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

  • Solnik, B. and D. McLeavey: 2004, International Investments, 5th edition, Pearson Addison Wesley, 0201785684
  • Fabozzi,FJ; Modigliani F and Jones FJ: 2010, Foundations of Financial Markets and Institutions, 4th, Pearson International Edition, ISBN-13;978-0-13-135423-4
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BSIFBBS (International Finance)

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