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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Banking
Module Code EF595
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Brian O'Kelly
Semester 2: Brian O'Kelly
Autumn: Brian O'Kelly
Module TeachersBrian O'Kelly
Mark Cummins
Sandeep Keshava Rao
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This course aims to give students a thorough understanding of banking and the risks associated with running a bank.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain how banks are capitalised and funded
2. Evaluate the principal risks to which banks are exposed
3. Determine the capital required to satisfy the regulator
4. Measure the performance of a bank
5. Appreciate how banking failed in the credit-liquidity crisis and the lessons to be learned
6. Appreciate how the regulatory environment has changed and how this affects their business model.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture48The lecturer will present the essential ideas and core concepts, pointing students towards resources where they can get further information.
Independent Study48Preparation for lectures and assigned readings.
Assignment Completion29Individual / group project on a topic approved by the Lecturer.
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

Introduction: the role of banks

Banks and the credit-liquidity crisis

Asset and liability management: liquidity and liquidity gaps; the LCR, NSFR and leverage ratios; the behavioural maturity of liabilities

Asset and liability management: interest rate risk in the banking book; the earnings and economic value approaches; target duration of equity

Assessing the creditworthiness of projects

Credit portfolio risk: the Vasicek model; Basel II

Market risk and proprietary trading

Banking and the role of the central bank

The credit union model as an alternative to the banking model

Deposit guarantee schemes, resolution and recovery plans

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentIndividual / group project25%Week 10
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: Bessis, J. Risk Management in Banking, 4th edition. Wiley, 2015, 217376
  • 0: Hull, J.C. Risk Management and Financial Institutions, 3rd edition, Wiley, 2007, 217377
  • 0: Choudhry, M. An Introduction to Banking, Wiley, 2011,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MITBMSc in Investment, Treasury & Banking
Date of Last Revision15-FEB-10

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