FM201      Half Unit

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Paula Lopes


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


Students must have completed Economics A (EC100) or Economics B (EC102).

Course content

This course will study the relationship between financial markets and the macro-economy. Topics include the behaviour of returns of different asset classes over the business cycle, the relationship between returns and inflation, and the implications for expected returns and portfolio choice.


33 hours of seminars in the LT.

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 problem sets

Indicative reading

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

Illustrative texts include: Blanchard, Macroeconomics, 7th ed. and Mankiw, Macroeconomics, 9th ed.


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

The coursework will consist of homework and in class assignments throughout the LT.

Key facts

Department: Finance

Total students 2018/19: 34

Average class size 2018/19: 34

Capped 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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