Course Description

Course Name

Introduction To Finance, Investments And Institutions

Session: VGSS3120

Hours & Credits

60 Scotcat Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level


Short Description

This is an introductory course that assumes no prior knowledge of finance or accounting. This course is specifically designed to familiarise students with essentials of financial management and investment and introduce them to how financial markets work.


Lectures: 10 x 2 hours of Lectures

Tutorials: 7 x 1 hour Tutorial

Course Aims

This course aims to provide an introduction to the basic concepts and terminologies in financial management and investments and to provide a deeper understanding on how financial markets work. It aims to cover theory and principles which are essential to taking better and informed financial and investment decisions within the dynamic business environment.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On the successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

1) Explain both theoretical and practical roles of financial management in any business corporation.

2) Assess firms' financial health using various quantitative and qualitative techniques and analysis.

3) Recognise the importance of the timing of cash flows in decision-making.

4) Critically analyse various investment appraisal techniques available to financial managers for making better investment decisions.

5) Explain how various financial markets work and what are the different types of financial market instruments available to financial managers.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.

*Course content subject to change