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Quantitative Methods

Module description

This module is intended for Financial Services Professional Degree Apprenticeship students who are looking to develop a sound knowledge in the quantitative concepts and applications that are fundamental to financial analysis. It introduces quantitative methods that are used widely in securities and risk analysis and in corporate finance to value capital projects and select investments.

This module provides students with a foundation in descriptive statistics which provide the tools to characterise and assess risk and return and other important financial or economic variables. It also introduces the fundamental quantitative techniques that are essential for a financial analyst, such as basic statistics, probability theory and regression analysis that support investment and risk decision making in the presence of uncertainty.

Full module specification

Module title:Quantitative Methods
Module code:BEF2103DA
Module level:2
Academic year:2021/2
Module lecturers:
  • Mr Christopher Donegan - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 3:


Module aims

The general aim of this module is to introduce quantitative concepts and techniques used in financial analysis and investment decision making. The module enables you to master the numerous applications of time value of money (TVM) or discounted cash flow analysis. It presents a selection of important TVM applications: net present value and internal rate of return as tools for evaluating cash flow streams, portfolio return measurement, and the calculation of money market yields.

The module presents the essential probability tools needed to frame and address many real-world problems involving risk. Students will apply tools to such issues as predicting investment manager performance, forecasting financial variables and pricing bonds. The module explores in detail the concepts that are most important to investment research and practice. It aims to develop students’ ability to apply a range of tools that uses asset price, trading volume and other data for making investment decisions.

Skills acquisition: You will develop a range of transferable skills required in making investment decision in an environment of risk. 

Research in teaching: The module builds on recent investment management research within the finance disciplines to define decision making tools and theories.

The module is supported by a series of webinars, videos, group forums, learning logs, online reading material, and facilitated online group sessions will be offered in addition to a masterclass.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Understand the numerous applications of time value of money and discounted cash flow applications
  • 2. Explain the statistical methods that summarise return distributions and apply probability concepts to investment decision making
  • 3. Identify the most appropriate method to solve counting problems
  • 4. Apply a range of tools that uses asset price, trading volume and other data for investment decisions
  • 5. Evaluate quantitative methods such as hypothesis testing, regression analysis and time-series analysis
  • 6. Use sample information to estimate population parameters
  • 7. Describe some of the main tools in technical analysis

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 8. Acquire specific skills in using portfolio expected return and variance
  • 9. Apply statistical techniques to financial data and interpret the statistical results for investment decision making
  • 10. Apply quantitative skills to investment research and practice.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 11. Develop a range of skills required when identifying and communicating risks to the relevant parties
  • 12. Apply statistical knowledge in providing flexible and innovative solutions as appropriate to their role
  • 13. Understand the approach to gather appropriate facts and evidence in order to make decision effectively using a structured approach.

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)Workshops
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities12 hoursOnline lectures and seminars
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities4 hoursRevision
Guided independent study120 hoursReading and research, web-based activities

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Mock Exam1.5 hour exam1-7Marks and feedback
Weekly online practicesSiz quizzes1-10Correct 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
Exam401.5 hours1-7Marks and feedback
Applied exercise/Assignment402,000 words1-13Marks and feedback
Activities and participation20Weeks 1-6: weekly activities on ELE, forum participation1-13Marks and feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
1.5 hour Exam1.5 hour exam1-7In line with University regulations
Applied exercise/AssignmentApplied exercise/Assignment 2,000 words1-13In line with University regulations

Re-assessment notes

Defer – as first time

Refer – capped at 40%


Syllabus plan

  • The Time Value of Money
  • Discounted Cash Flow Applications
  • Statistical Concepts and Market Returns
  • Probability Concepts
  • Common Probability Distributions
  • Sampling and Estimation
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • Technical Analysis

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Quantitative Methods, CFA® Program Curriculum Level I Volume I, CFA Institute.
  • Carlos Cortinhas, Ken Black (2014), Statistics for Business and Economics. Wiley.


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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

  • Quantitative Methods, CFA® Program Curriculum Level I Volume I, CFA Institute. 


Indicative learning resources - Other resources

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