FM101      Half Unit

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Elisabetta Bertero OLD.M.2.13


This course is compulsory on the BSc in Management. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.



Course content

This course includes an introduction to the financial decisions of firms, in particular capital budgeting; the financial decisions of households; the role of the financial system in the economy and the flow of funds; causes and consequences of the recent financial crises.


10 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of lectures in the ST.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

Classwork exercises will be set each week.

Indicative reading

The main readings for this course are selected chapters from two textbooks combined in a customized textbook, Finance (2012), prepared specifically for this course by Dr E. Bertero. The book is available from the Economist’s Bookshop on campus.  The textbooks it draws from are:  

Hillier et al (2011) Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, European Edition, McGraw-Hill.

Cecchetti et al (2011) Money, banking and financial markets, McGraw-Hill.

Note that the original Hillier book contains a few typos which you can correct by downloading the sheet from Moodle.

A few additional readings will be discussed during the lectures and posted on Moodle for downloading. See references in relevant lectures’ handouts.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Finance

Total students 2016/17: Unavailable

Average class size 2016/17: Unavailable

Capped 2016/17: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Specialist skills