FM100      Half Unit
Introduction to Finance

This information is for the 2017/18 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.

This course will be taught in an interactive teaching format.

Formative coursework

Feedback will be given on homework assignments.

Indicative reading

Detailed course programmes and reading lists are distributed at the start of the course. Illustrative texts include: Brealey, Myers and Allen, Corporate Finance (McGraw-Hill).


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

Key facts

Department: Finance

Total students 2016/17: 33

Average class size 2016/17: 34

Capped 2016/17: No

Lecture capture used 2016/17: Yes (LT)

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

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