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University of Exeter Business School

Bank Management

Module titleBank Management
Module codeBEAM065
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Dr Thaer Alhalabi (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Module description

As demonstrated by the 2007-2009 global financial crisis, banks are key to the smooth functioning of an economic system, and bank failures can lead to a sharp increase in firm bankruptcies and unemployment. For this reason, the banking industry is highly regulated. This module zooms in on three main factors involved in the management of banks (in particular, commercial banks): banking regulation, the evaluation of bank performance, and bank risk management. The module examines the theoretical and empirical literature on these topics, and bridges theory with practice via the use of databases and case studies. The content of this module is grounded on the research expertise of the module convenor, who also worked in the banking industry prior to entering the academia. There are no pre- or co-requisites but prior knowledge in introductory finance would be an advantage.

Additional information:

Internationalisation – the module will take an international perspectives, and evidence coming from international banking systems will be provided

Employability – the students will be able to develop transferable skills such as data analysis, numeracy, research and analytical skills.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims to provide students with a thorough grounding in a number of key advanced topics of bank management. The students will establish a solid foundation in the key issues confronting bank managers today, and they will develop an understanding of the basic financial models that are used by bank managers to formulate decisions. This module addresses the specific aspects of commercial credit analysis, managing credit risk and liquidity risk and demonstrates the application of the model or framework using sample data analysis.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Evaluate the main determinants of bank performance and risk.
  • 2. Critically appraise how regulation might impact bank performance and risk.
  • 3. Critically appraise risk management methodologies in banking.
  • 4. Explain how corporate governance mechanisms and stakeholder monitoring can impact bank conduct.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Develop strong theoretical arguments based on analytical and statistical reasoning.
  • 6. Rigorously analyse problems in banking.
  • 7. Critically appraise theory and practice in banking.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 8. Apply quantitative and qualitative information to finance problems.
  • 9. Apply quantitative tools in making financial decisions.
  • 10. Make appropriate use of learning resources.

Syllabus plan

  • Overview of the Global Banking Industry and Regulation
  • Evaluating Bank Performance and Risk
  • Managing Interest Rate Risk in Banks
  • Managing Bank Funding Sources
  • Bank Capital Management
  • Managing the Loan Portfolio
  • International Banking
  • Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Monitoring in Banks

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities20 hours (2 per week)Lectures
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities5 hours Tutorials
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities2 hoursRevision
Guided Independent Study123 hoursReading and research; web-based activities

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Online quizzes on ELEWeekly activities1-6Online feedback
Engagement with online Q&As in relation to relevant areasOnline discussion contributions1-6Online discussion feedback from peers and lecturer

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Assignment402000 words1-3, 5-10Written feedback
Assignment603000 words1-2, 4-10Written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
AssignmentAssignment (40%) 2,000 words1-3, 5-10July
AssignmentAssignment (60%) 3,000 words1-2, 4-10Aug/Sep

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

A selection of book parts, including readings from:

  • Koch, T.W. and Macdonald, S.S. (2015) Bank Management, Eight Edition, Cengage Learning
  • Casu, B., Girardone, C, and Molyneux, P. (2015) Introduction to Banking, Pearson Education

Key words search

Bank management; bank performance; bank risk management; bank regulation

Credit value15
Module ECTS


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