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Risks in Financial Services

Module description

This module is intended for Financial Services Professional Degree Apprenticeship students who would like an introduction to the principle of risk management and international risk regulation. The module introduces the specific risks that face a financial services firm and provides an overview on the practice of using processes, method and tools for quantifying and managing these risks and uncertainties. The key elements of risk management and the differences between risk and uncertainly will be discussed in the module.

Full module specification

Module title:Risks in Financial Services
Module code:BEF1003DA
Module level:1
Academic year:2021/2
Module lecturers:
Module credit:20
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Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Module aims

This module aims to provide students with a broad understanding on the principles of risk management under the current economic environment. The module also introduces a background to the key sources of internal and external risks and their potential impact on a business. You will be able to identify the key elements of risk management and the differences between risk and uncertainty. 

This module shows how key internal and external drivers of risk can be typically assessed to support an organisation’s management in risk culture and control. The overall aim is to give an introduction to the overview of risk concepts and understand how risk management protects and add value to organisation and its stakeholders.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Understand the processes typically used to identify, reduce and manage specific aspects of risk
  • 2. Analyse the key elements of risk management and the differences between risk and uncertainty
  • 3. Discuss the key aims of the operational risk management function
  • 4. Identify the main areas of exposure of counterparty, systematic and issuer risk within banking, securities and investment functions
  • 5. Evaluate the merits and limitations of using credit ratings to assess credit-worthiness of companies and financial instruments
  • 6. Understand the role and sound practice features of an effective market risk management function
  • 7. Describe the main investment risks and their implications for investors and investment selection
  • 8. Explain the constituents of liquidity risk and how they can arise within the contexts of credit, market, investment and operational risk
  • 9. Understand the structural framework and high-level process of key business functions in relation to risk identification and management
  • 10. Explain how enterprise risk relates to the process of corporate governance and board responsibilities

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 11. Identify the key challenges of implementing risk governance structure, policies and procedures
  • 12. Understand how appropriate management of risk factors can add value and reduce risk
  • 13. With guidance identify, synthesise, analyse and present appropriate information to assist management with risk management in decision making process

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 14. Demonstrate professional communication skills in dealing with complex situations and issues
  • 15. Demonstrate effective negotiation and problem-solving skills

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 Activities21 hours (3 days)Masterclass/workshops
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities30 hoursOnline lectures and webinars
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities6 hoursRevision
Guided independent study143 hoursReading and research, web-based activities

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Mock Exam2-hour 100 MCQs1-7
Online DiscussionOnline discussion contributions1-15
Weekly online quizzesFour quizzes, each taking about 20 minutes1-15

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
Exam502-hour 100 MCQs1-7
Applied exercise/Assignment502,000 words1-15

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Exam50% 2-hour 100 MCQs1-7
Applied exercise/Assignment50% 2,000 words1-15

Re-assessment notes

Defer – as first time

Refer – capped at 40%

Syllabus plan

  • Principles of Risk Management
  • International Risk Regulation
  • Operational Risk
  • Credit Risk
  • Market Risk
  • Investment Risk
  • Liquidity Risk
  • Model Risk
  • Risk Oversight and Corporate Governance
  • Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

  • Risk in Financial Services (Investment Operations Certificate) Workbook Ed7, the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.
  • Saunders and Cornett (2018), Financial Institutions Management: A Risk Management Approach, 9th Edition, McGraw-Hill.

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