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Unit information: Banking in 2020/21

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Unit name Banking
Unit code EFIM20032
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Tobias Dieler
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Accounting and Finance
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


The objective of the course is to understand the role of banks in the economy and the sources of fragility of the banking sector. It begins by introducing the main functions of banks in the economy. This is followed by the study of the economic literature about the existence of financial intermediaries.

The aims of this unit are to:

  1. Provide students with the tools to enable them to analyse and appraise the risks, business models and strategies of banks.
  2. Enable students to evaluate the inherent fragility of the banking sector.
  3. Enable students to critique the current ways in which banks are regulated.
  4. Develop skills of team working.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. To apply the fundamentals of financial intermediaries to nowadays’ banking sector
  2. To evaluate the main sources of risks of individual banks
  3. To develop and discuss remedies against the main sources of fragility of the banking sector
  4. To critically assess current bank regulation and the rationale behind it
  5. Work effectively in teams

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, tutorials, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities

Assessment Details

This unit will be assessed by 30% group coursework and 70% individual coursework

Reading and References

There is no single textbook for this unit. Various relevant banking textbooks exist e.g.

  • “Introduction to Banking” by Casu, Molyneux, and Girardone, 2nd edition, 2015 published by Pearson,
  • “Microeconomics of Banking” by Freixas and Rochet 2nd edition, 2008 MIT Press