FM100      Half Unit
Introduction to Finance

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Daniel Ferreira


This course is compulsory on the BSc in Finance. This course is not available as an outside option nor to General Course students.

Course content

This course will provide a non-technical introduction to Finance and an overview of the Finance discipline. The aim of the course is to explain the importance of finance to individuals, firms, and society in general. Topics will include discounting and present value, risk and return, financial markets and trading, mutual and hedge funds, banks and other financial intermediaries, financial securities, capital structure, venture capital and private equity, initial public offerings, and valuation of firms and projects.


30 hours of seminars in the LT.

Additional workshops may be scheduled as needed.

This course is taught in the interactive lecturing format. There is no distinction between lectures and classes/seminars; there are “sessions” only, and the pedagogical approach in each session is interactive.

Formative coursework

Weekly homework assignments.

Indicative reading

Detailed course programmes and reading lists are distributed at the start of the course.


Exam (60%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Coursework (40%) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Finance

Total students 2017/18: 37

Average class size 2017/18: 37

Capped 2017/18: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Commercial awareness