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Introduction to Securities and Investments

Module description

This module is intended for Financial Services Professional Degree Apprenticeship students who would like an introduction to the role of securities and investment from the perspective of investment operations. You will examine some of the main asset classes in detail, including equities, bonds, derivatives and investment funds. Main types of investment wrappers, the principles of taxation and the use of trusts will also be presented.

Full module specification

Module title:Introduction to Securities and Investments
Module code:BEF1002DA
Module level:1
Academic year:2021/2
Module lecturers:
Module credit:20
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Module aims

This module aims to provide students with a broad understanding on the fundamentals of securities and investment under the current economic environment. 

This module shows how understanding of the disadvantages and advantages and risks associated with financial assets can be provided to support an organisation’s management in investment decision-making and control. Students will learn how investment instruments or products are typically used within the industry and how they may meet specified client objectives. The overall aim is to give an introduction to securities and investment from a wider user perspective.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Distinguish the features and benefits of different securities and investment
  • 2. Evaluate the advantages, disadvantages and risk associated with each type of securities and investment
  • 3. Understand how an investment instrument or product is typically used within the industry and how it may meet specified client objectives
  • 4. Describe the uses and application of derivatives and alternative investments
  • 5. Identify the direct and indirect taxes that are applied to individuals
  • 6. Describe the characteristics and benefits provided by pensions
  • 7. Explain the main reasons for creating trusts

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 8. Demonstrate a sound understanding of the main investment products
  • 9. Use financial concepts and conventions to apply investment principles in practical situations
  • 10. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of specific markets and supporting operational protocols

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 11. Demonstrate high quality written and verbal communication skills
  • 12. Apply knowledge of relevant rules and principles to their own role and within their team
  • 13. Demonstrate a sound understanding of the role of the function in which they work and how this role relates to other functions to the wider business

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 Activities14 hours (2 days)Masterclass/workshops
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities30 hoursOnline lectures and webinars
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities6 hoursRevision
Guided independent study150 hoursReading and research, web-based activities

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Mock Exam1-hour 50 MCQs1-8Marks and feedback
Online DiscussionOnline discussion contributions1-14Online discussion feedback from peers and lecturer
Weekly online quizzesFour quizzes, each taking about 20 minutes1-14Correct answers on ELE

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
Exam501-hour 50 MCQs1-8
Applied Exercise/ Assignment (Essay, report, or other agreed material or artefact)502,000 words or equivalent total1-14

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Exam1-hour 50 MCQs1-8In line with University regulations
Applied Exercise/ Assignment (Essay, report, or other agreed material or artefact)50% 2,000 words or equivalent total1-14In line with University regulations

Re-assessment notes

Defer – as first time

Refer – capped at 40%

Syllabus plan

  • Types of Equities
  • Benefits and Risks of Owning Shares
  • Characteristics of Bonds
  • Benefits and Risks of Investing in Bonds
  • Uses and Application of Derivatives
  • Benefits and Risks of Investing in Derivatives
  • Characteristics of Investment Funds
  • Benefits and Risks of Investing in Investment Funds
  • Taxation, Investment Wrappers and Trusts

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

  • Brigham, E., and J. Houston (2010), Fundamentals of Financial Management. South Western Cengage.
  • Reilly, F.K. and Brown, K. (2009), Analysis of Investments and Portfolio Management, 9th edition, UK: South-Western.
  • Introduction to Securities and Investment, CISI Workbook Edition 34, the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

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