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Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Banking (CMSE11168)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits15
Home subject areaCommon Courses (Management School) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course provides foundation knowledge that is required to:
1. give students a broad understating of the roles of banks and the structure of the banking industry in different countries as relevant information in its own right. provide background information that is needed for students to benefit most from courses taken in semester two.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 150 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 117 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Introduction to Banking2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Knowledge and Understanding

After successfully completing the course the student will:

- have a knowledge and understanding of the roles and functions of different types of banks, of the functions of a central bank, of the structure of the banking industries in the EU, US and of common features of banks in emerging markets and of the corporate governance of banks;
- have a knowledge and understanding of a bank's balance sheet and of how a bank manages its liquidity and its capital ;
- have a knowledge of corporate governance arrangements in banks and of ethical issues in banking

2. Cognitive Skills

On completion of the course a student will be able to

- compare the structures of banking systems between different economies;
- explain the structures of banking industries;
- explain the functions of different types of banks including central banks;
- explain overseas diversification decisions by banks.

3. Transferable skills

During the course a student will develop skills to

- analyse a banks' balance sheet;
- evaluate legislations relating to banks;
- evaluate the financial performance of a bank; explain, in simple terms , how to manage the assets, liabilities and liquidity of a bank.
Assessment Information
Exam, 2 hours, 70%
Assignment: 30%;
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Lecture 1
Role of banks, theories of financial intermediation, current issues in banking

Lecture 2
Types of banking: retail, private, corporate, investment, Isalamic, International banking: entry and international banking services.

Lecture 3
Functions of a central bank, monetary policy, independence debate. The Banks of England, the European Central Bank, the Federal reserve.

Lecture 4
A bank's balance sheet and income structure: a retail bank's balance sheet, an investment bank's financial statements. Bank performance.

Lecture 5
Asset and liability management, liquidity management, capital adequacy, off-balance sheet business, loan sales and securitization..

Lecture 6
Structure and performance of the UK banking industry. The UKK payments system.

Lecture 7
Structure of the EU banking industry, deregulation, developments in retail banking, technological developments. Structural feature of new EU member states.

Lecture 8
Structure of the banking industry in the US depository and savings institutions, US payements systems, balance sheet features of US banks and performance. The structure of the banking industry in Japan, payment systems and balance sheet features.

Lecture 9
Structural features of banking in emerging and transition economies, bank crises.

Lecture 10
Corporate governance in banks, effects on performance. Ethics in banking.

Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Hudgins, S. C., Rose, P.S. (2012). Bank Management & Financial Services, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 9 edition
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Davide Mare
Tel: (0131 6)51 5077
Course secretaryMiss Malgorzata Litwinska
Tel: (0131 6)51 3028
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