FM100      Half Unit
Introduction to Finance

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Martin Oehmke


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.


Coursework (40%) and coursework (60%) in the LT.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Finance

Total students 2019/20: 50

Average class size 2019/20: 53

Capped 2019/20: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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