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Global Securities Operations

Module description

This module is intended for Financial Services Professional Degree Apprenticeship students who would like a background to securities investment in financial institutions. This module shows how the understanding of securities operations can be provided to support an organisation’s management in investment decision-making and control, leading management to raise the amount of capital that it needs which are appealing to the investor community and offer instruments that are appropriate for the investor’s investment objectives and financial circumstances.

Full module specification

Module title:Global Securities Operations
Module code:BEF2004DA
Module level:2
Academic year:2023/4
Module lecturers:
Module credit:15
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Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 3:


Module aims

This module aims to provide students with a broad understanding of the range of options available to raise funds in a company’s business operation. 

This module outlines the process through which an investor allocates their pool of investment money across different asset classes. Students should be able to recognise that the fundamental goal from an investor’s standpoint is to optimise the level of return generated from its investments at an acceptable level of risk. The characteristics of ordinary shares, fixed-income instruments, warrants and covered warrants, depository receipts, exchange-trade products and other collective investment vehicles will be discussed. Students should also be able to examine the mechanisms through which assets are bought and sold and held in safekeeping, and how legal title to the security is registered and transferred between owners. 

The overall aim is to design increasingly sophisticated types of financial instruments that offer an attractive return at a level of risk that the investor is prepared to bear, considering the aspects of taxation and risk mitigation. Students should recognise that the risk and return balance is integral to the investment process.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Describe the characteristics of different securities available to raise funds
  • 2. Identify the characteristics of main industry participants
  • 3. Illustrate the role of the financial institutions in the settlement process
  • 4. Appraise the main reasons and risks associated with failed settlement
  • 5. Recognise the importance and use of cash management and the reasons for securities lending
  • 6. Understand the tax treatment of securities from different aspects
  • 7. Identify the major categories of risk and analyse the factors that should be taken into account when conducting risk reviews
  • 8. Understand the risks associated with a failure to comply with regulation

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 9. Understand the importance of receiving timely and accurate corporate action and the risks involved
  • 10. Understand the factors that should be taken into account when conducting risk reviews of market infrastructures, sub-custodian networks and outsourced functions
  • 11. Keep up to date with sector relevant legal/regulatory changes

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 12. Demonstrate sound understanding of the relevant financial service products and services
  • 13. Contribute to the development of strategic plans for their investment area

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 Activities22 hours (3 days)Masterclass/workshops
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities14 hoursOnline lectures and webinars
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities6 hoursRevision
Guided independent study108 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 contributions1-13Online discussion feedback from peers and lecturer
Weekly online quizzesFour quizzes, each taking about 20 minutes1-13Correct 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 Assignment502,000 words1-13

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Exam50% 1-hour 50 MCQs1-8Next available opportunity
Applied exercise Assignment50% 2,000 words1-13

Re-assessment notes

Defer – as first time

Refer – capped at 40%

Syllabus plan

  • Securities Investment
  • Main Industry Participants
  • Settlement Characteristics
  • Other Investor Services
  • Aspects of Taxation
  • Regulation and Risk

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

  • Global Securities Operations (Investment Operations Programme) Workbook Edition 14, Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

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