Banking and Financial Services
*Please note this module descriptor is for the 21/22 academic year*
Banks and financial services enable end-providers (lenders and savers) and end-users (borrowers and spenders) of financial claims to transact without the need for them to do so directly. This module sets out to examine the process of financial intermediation and the financial services through which intermediation takes place. Theoretical and applied concepts are used to provide an understanding of the functioning of banks and financial services and of their size and economic significance. There are no pre- or co-requisites but prior knowledge in introductory finance would be an advantage.
Students are presented with up-to-date examples from various international markets, so they acquire knowledge on banking and financial services that can be applied across a number of countries.
We have number of guest speakers in this module. Last year this included the South West Agent of Bank of England, the Head and Deputy Head of Corporate Banking at HSBC Bank Plc.
Students develop several transferable skills in this module, such as team-working, numeracy, research and discursive and problem-solving skills.
All of the resources for this module are available through the ELE (Exeter Learning Environment).
Full module specification
|Module title:||Banking and Financial Services|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 2: |
11Duration (weeks) - term 3:
The aim of the module is to introduce you to the principles and mechanisms of commercial banking, general insurance, life insurance, pension funds and mutual funds. You will also understand the models of money supply, interest rates and flow of funds as the primary conduit through which monetary policy actions by the central bank take place. International examples will be covered, including up-to-date financial news in relevant financial publications. You will also critically appraise bank-based financial crises, with a particular focus on the recent financial crisis.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Discriminate, and critically appraise commercial banks and investment institutions within the international financial system;
- 2. Critically appraise the operation of commercial banks, general insurance, life insurance, pension funds, and mutual funds, their advantages and disadvantages, and prospects;
- 3. Apply agency theory, adverse selection, and moral hazard to banking and financial services in ethical dimensions of decision making process;
- 4. Explain and critically appraise bank-based financial crises in developed countries and emerging markets;
- 5. Appraise models explaining the determinants of credit, money supply and interest rates.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 6. Develop strong theoretical arguments based on analytical and statistical reasoning;
- 7. Critically appraise theory and practice in finance;
- 8. Analyse quantitative and qualitative information related to finance problems.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 9. Apply the tools of finance and investment;
- 10. Make appropriate use of learning resources.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||22 (2 per week)||Lectures|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||10 (1 per week)||Tutorials|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||2||Revision|
|Guided independent study||116||Reading and research, web-based activities|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Online MCQ tests and applied exercises||Weekly (1 hour)||1-10||Feedback and comments on ELE|
|Engagement with online discussion forum in relation to relevant areas||Online discussion contributions||1-10||Online discussion feedback from peers and lecturer|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Blogpost||30||1000 words||1-10||Written/verbal feedback from lecturer and peers|
|Assignment||70||3000 words||1-10||Written/verbal feedback from lecturer and peers|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Blogpost (30%)||Blogpost (1,000 word, 30%)||1-10||August/September assessment period|
|Assignment (70%)||Assignment (3,000 word, 70%)||1-10||August/September assessment period|
• Financial structure, financial intermediation, banking and finance myths
• General insurance
• Life insurance
• Pension funds
• Mutual funds
• Theory of non-bank financial intermediation
• Money and credit
• Interest rates and the flow of funds
• Commercial banks
• Global financial crisis
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Mishkin, F.S. (2019). Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets: Global Edition. 12th edition. Pearson Higher Education. (CORE)
Mishkin, F.S. and Eakins, S.G. (2018) Financial Markets and Institutions, Global Edition. 9th edition. Pearson Higher Education. (CORE)
Mishkin F.S., Matthews, K., and Giuliodori, M. (2013), The Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets: European edition, Pearson Higher Education. (ISBN-10: 0273731807 • ISBN-13: 9780273731801 (CORE)
Howells, P. and Bain, K. (2008) The Economics of Money, Banking & Finance, 4th edition, Financial Times Press. (CORE)
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
All lecture and tutorial materials are posted on the intranet.
Indicative learning resources - Other resources
Supplementary reading materials are indicated in the references of each lecture.
Last revision date