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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Financial Theory and Practice
Module Code EF5186
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Michael Dowling
Semester 2: Michael Dowling
Autumn: Michael Dowling
Module TeachersMichael Dowling
Anh Vu
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only
Reassessment will be a variation of the assessment, but individualised.

This foundational module provides an in-depth understanding of core financial concepts, bridging the gap between theory and real-world practice. Designed to be accessible yet challenging for those with limited finance backgrounds, the course covers essential topics such as financial markets, risk management, financial derivatives, portfolio theory, and capital budgeting. Through a blend of lectures, case studies, and applied exercises, students will gain the practical skills needed to assess investment opportunities, understand the workings of modern financial institutions, determine appropriate financing choices, and understand the financial markets and their role in the financial system. This module serves as the backbone for further specialized study, ensuring all students have a robust understanding of the fundamental principles that drive financial decision-making in both traditional and FinTech settings.

Learning Outcomes

1. Upon completion of this module, students will be able to identify and explain key financial concepts such as financial markets, risk management, financial derivatives, portfolio theory, and capital budgeting.
2. Students will apply theoretical principles to real-world financial scenarios, including the evaluation of investment opportunities and the understanding of financing choices.
3. Students will develop the technical skills to analyze financial markets, utilizing various quantitative metrics to make informed decisions.
4. Students will critically assess the role of financial markets in the broader financial system, considering their ethical implications and societal impact.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars18Reflective learning environments to provide guidance on course content. (alternative delivery mode to formal lectures)
Workshop18Practice-oriented project work, held each week, to emphasis the practical meaning of seminar material through applied project work
Workshop18Industry workshop - industry guided project implementation
Assignment Completion76Work related to assignments
Independent Study57.5Work to prepare for classes
Total Workload: 187.5

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

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PresentationStudents will complete a case study analysis on a real-world financial scenario, aimed at identifying and applying key financial concepts.20%Week 3
Group presentationGroups will collaboratively develop a financial strategy for a simulated or real business, focusing on aspects like capital budgeting, risk management, and investment evaluation.30%Week 9
Report(s)Each student will prepare a comprehensive analysis of the operation of a specific financial market, detailing its mechanisms, key players, and the implications for investment and risk management.50%Week 12
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

  • 0: Introduction to Finance: Markets, Investments, and Financial Management,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
GDFTIGrad Dip Financial Tech and Innovation

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