FM101      Half Unit

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Elisabetta Bertero


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

This course cannot be taken with AC100 Elements of Accounting and Finance.

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 classes in the ST.

Formative coursework

Classwork exercises will be set each week. Two classworks will be marked by class teachers.

Indicative reading

The main readings for this course are selected chapters from two textbooks combined in a customized textbook, Finance (2020), 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 (2017) Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, European Edition, McGraw-Hill.

Cecchetti et al (2017) Money, banking and financial markets, McGraw-Hill.

A few additional readings will be discussed during the lectures and posted on Moodle for downloading.


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

Course selection videos

Some departments have produced short videos to introduce their courses. Please refer to the course selection videos index page for further information.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 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 differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching 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 2020/21: 361

Average class size 2020/21: 21

Capped 2020/21: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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