SSST Subjects

EC320 Financial Markets


Programme(s) where module is offered

  • BSc in Economics with Finance
  • BSc in Business and Management with Finance

Status (core, option, free choice)



FHEQ Level



Unit Value



Semester taught



Pre-Requisite Modules or Qualifications



Module Code



Module coordinator

Amer Demirovic


Applicable From



Educational Aims of the Module

  • The module aims to introduce students to financial markets, financial instruments and their role in the economy.
  • After reviewing basic roles and mechanics of the financial markets, the module will cover financial institutions, financial intermediaries and asset management firms.
  • In the second part, the module will analyse specific markets, i.e. markets for common stocks, corporate bonds, governments bonds, currencies, asset-backed securities and derivatives.

Module Outline/Syllabus

  • Overview of financial system and its role in an economy

  • Financial institutions and financial intermediaries

  • Asset management firms

  • The level and structure of interest rates

  • Primary and secondary financial markets

  • Stock markets

  • Bond markets

  • Options markets

  • Commodity markets

  • Currency markets

  • Asset-backed securities markets


Student Engagement Hours

Type Number per Term Duration Total Time


15 1.5 22.5


5 1.5 7.5


5 1.5 7.5
Tutorials 5 1.5 7.5
Total Guided/Independent Learning Hours 45.0
Total Contact Hours 105.0
Total Engagement Hours 150.0

Assessment Method Summary

Type Number Required Duration / Length Weighting Timing / Submission Deadline



3 hours


End of semester

Mid-semester test


2 hours


Week 8

Group poster and presentation




Week 15

Subject Test1


1 hour


Weeks 4,12


Module Outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Critically understand the role of financial intermediation

  • Critically evaluate major financial markets and their economic roles

  • Analyse the structure and purpose of different financial institutions

  • Examine the structure and regulations of financial markets

  • Understand the role of major market participants.

  • Demonstrate key knowledge of major principles common to all markets

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Lectures will provide core information relating to module material (ILO:1-6)

  • Research/investigation assignments will encourage self-study and group engagement (ILO: 3-5)

  • Guided, independent study (ILO:1-6)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Written Exams (ILO: 1-6)

  • Tests (ILO: 2, 6)

  • Group Poster (ILO:3-5)

Practical Skills:

  • Interpret financial data

  • Interpret financial statements

  • Apply financial market principles to other areas and disciplines

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Lectures (PS: 1-3)

  • In-class exercises (PS: 1-3)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Written Exam (PS:1-2)

  • Group Poster (PS: 3)

  • Test (PS: 1-2)

Transferable Skills:

  • Numeracy Skills

  • Team working skills

  • Communication Skills

  • Analytical thinking and problem solving

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Lectures (TS: 1, 4)

  • In-class exercises (TS: 1-4)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Group Poster (TS:2-4)

  • Test (TS: 1)

  • Written Exam (TS: 4)


Key Texts and/or other learning materials

Set text

  • Fabozzi, F. J., Modigliani, F. P. Jones, F. J. (2013) Foundations of Financial Markets and Institutions, 4th New International Edition, Pearson

Supplementary Materials

  • Bank for International Settlements, (2016), [online],,

  • De Haan, J., et al., (2015), Financial Markets and Institutions: A European Perspective, Cambridge University Press

  • Mishkin, F., Eakins, S., (2015), Financial Markets and Institutions, 8th Edition, Prentice Hall

  • Saunders, A, Cornett, M., (2014), Financial Markets and Institutions, An Introduction to the Risk Management Approach, 6th Edition McGraw Hill

  • Valdez, S., (2015), An Introduction to Global Financial Markets, 8th Edition, Palgrave Macmillan

  • Elsevier (2017) Journal of Financial Markets,

Please note

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the module and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.

More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each module and programme can be found in the departmental or programme handbook.

The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.

Date of Production : January 2017

Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee

Date approved by School Board of Study

Date approved by University Learning and Teaching Committee

Date of Annual Review


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