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Financial Markets and Institutions *

Name of module: Financial Markets and Institutions *

Exam number: 2520

Semester/Trimester: Semester

Form of the module (i.e. obligatory, elective course): Wahlpflicht

Frequency of module offer: Summer semester 2012

Applicability of module for other modules and study programmes:
Serviceveranstaltung für Studierende der Kultur- bzw. Rechtswissenschaften

Person responsible for module: Prof. Dr. Maria Gomez (Universidad del Oviedo, Spanien)

Name of the professor: Prof. Dr. Maria Gomez (Universidad del Oviedo, Spanien)

Language of teaching: englisch

ECTS-Credits (based on the workload): 5

Workload and its composition (self-study, contact time):
Kontaktzeit (Vorlesung, Übung, Seminar etc.): 37,5 Std.; Selbststudium: 112,5 Std.

Contact hours (per week in semester): 3

Methods and duration of examination:
It is possible to earn a course requirement (Prüfungsschein).
Your grade will be determined from one final exam and a number of class exercises. These class exercises will provide you an opportunity to earn 30% of your grade.  If you are absent from class for any reason, you won’t be able to take these exercises. All borderline cases will be determined on the basis of attendance and class participation. Final Exam 70%; Class exercises and essays 30%.

Emphasis of the grade for the final grade: Eins

Aim of the module (expected learning outcomes and competencies to be acquired):
This Financial Markets and Institutions course is designed to provide  students with knowledge of the basic concepts of financial markets and institutions. The course introduces students to the financial system, covers money and capital markets, as well as foreign exchange and international financial markets, the role of Central Banks and monetary policy as well as the financial industry.  The topics covered in the course are necessary for understanding financial markets and other finance classes you may take later.

Contents of the module:
Review of syllabus, Review of Basic Financial Concepts , Introduction, Overview of the Financial System
Fundamentals of Financial Markets: interest rates, risk and term structure of interest rates, financial markets efficiency
Financial Markets: money markets, the bond market and the mortage market
Financial Markets: The Stock Market
Financial Markets: Foreign Exchange Markets and International financial markets
Financial Institutions: why do they exist? Why do financial crises occur?
Central Banks and Monetary Policy
Financial Industry: Banking industry
Financial Industry: The mutual fund industry, insurance companies and pension funds
Financial Industry: Investment Banks, Security Brokers and Dealers and Venture Capital Firm

Teaching and learning methods:

Literature (compulsory reading, recommended literature):

Course material:
Please check Moodle portal.

Further information:
Registration in Moodle required.