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Unit information: Foundations of Finance and Economics in 2018/19

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Unit name Foundations of Finance and Economics
Unit code EFIM01000
Credit points 20
Level of study QCA-3
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Proud
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Economics
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to finance and economic concepts, and aims to introduce students to the technical skills required in undergraduate courses. Topics that could be covered are:


  • Financial Decision-making
  • Concepts of costs and revenue, profit and efficiency
  • Distinction between stocks and flows
  • Time discounting, borrowing and basic financial planning
  • Growth rates and compound interest/growth
  • Risk


  • The purpose of accounts
  • Financial Reporting
  • Management Accounting


  • Markets
  • Supply and Demand
  • Opportunity cost
  • Types of market/competition
  • Average and total costs
  • Externalities
  • Social Welfare


  • International Trade

Intended learning outcomes

'An ability to consider the value of financial assets, and problems associated with calculating these values:

  1. An ability to identify and interpret profit and loss accounts
  2. An understanding of the underlying concepts of microeconomics, and the ability to discuss these concepts using diagrams where necessary
  3. A preparation of the skills and language required for preparation to study economics, accounting or finance in an undergraduate setting.

Teaching details

24 Lectures

16 exercise lectures

8 classes

Assessment Details

Formative Assessment:

Weekly assignments are given to students to reinforce the concepts taught in lectures. Some are assessed and marked. All learning outcomes are assessed here, and in classes.

Summative assessment:

3 Hour examination: 50% from Finance and 50% from Economics. This assesses all learning outcomes.

Reading and References

  • Keown, Martin and Petty, “Foundations of Finance”, Pearson ISBN:0-13-512236-8
  • Gillespie, “Foundations fo Economics”, OUP, ISBN:978-0-19-929637-8