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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2018-2019 (archived)


Department: Business School (Economics and Finance)


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2018/19 Module Cap None.
Tied to N3KA09


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Multinational Finance (Taught) - ECON46215


  • To provide students with an up to date and advanced understanding of the issues that confront the financial management of multinational companies.


  • The International Business Environment 
  • Currency Risk and Currency Risk Management 
  • Foreign Direct Investment 
  • International Capital Budgeting 
  • Multinational Cost of Capital and Capital Structure 
  • Country Risk Analysis

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • On completion of the module students should: 
  • Have an appreciation of the complexity and contradictions of the current academic literature in the field of financial management of multinational companies; 
  • Have an advanced understanding of risks encountered by multinational companies and the process of managing these risks; 
  • Have an advanced understanding of complexities and complications in the processes of foreign investment and financing decisions of multinational companies;
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of the module, students should have: 
  • Have the ability to learn and work independently in the area of multinational finance, exercising critical judgement and discrimination in the resolution of complex problematic situations.
Key Skills:
  • In addition, students will have had the opportunity to further develop the following key skills:
  • ability to show understanding of advanced analytical methods, both theory- and model- based
  • ability to show understanding of relevant mathematical and statistical techniques
  • ability to reason logically and work analytically
  • ability to work with abstract concepts and in a context of generality
  • ability to select and apply appropriate techniques to solve problems
  • ability to understand the contexts in which problems are addressed
  • ability to communicate effectively and clearly in written formats

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The module is delivered via online learning, divided up into study weeks with specially produced resources within each week. Resources vary according to the learning outcomes but normally include: video content, directed reading, reflection through activities, opportunities for self-assessment and peer-to-peer learning within a tutor-facilitated discussion board. Tutors provide feedback on formative work and facilitate discussion board communication as well as being available for individual consultation as necessary (usually by email and Skype).
  • The summative assessment of the module is designed to test students' specialist knowledge and critical understanding of the material covered in the module, their analytical and communication skills.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Video content, directed reading, self-assessed assignments and guidance for further reading 150
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay 3000 words 100% Same

Formative Assessment:

A written assignment of 1,500 words, or its multimedia equivalent, which may involve some group work.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University