IC102-Introductory Finance/Trading Simulation I

Module Provider: ICMA Centre
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Gitanjali Persand

Email: g.persand@icmacentre.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module is delivered at University of Reading and University of Reading Malaysia.

This module aims to provide the student with an overview of the financial system. This will include an overview of the role that the financial system plays in the economy, a discussion of some of the main players in the system, the instruments they trade, and the trading prices. Part of the module will focus on capital markets and the private and public financial institutions participating in these markets. The remainder of the module covers the time value of money, longer-term securities like bonds, risky securities like stocks, and the way in which returns and the values of real and financial assets relate to each other. The purpose of the trading simulation part of the module is to introduce students to computer simulation of securities dealing and spreadsheet modelling. Students are taught the relevant theory and will experience how this theory works in a virtual dealing environment.

Assessable learning outcomes:
• Estimate the fundamental / intrinsic value of traditional financial assets
• Compare and contrast the different types of financial instruments and their risk-return characteristics
• Identify the forces affecting rates of return in international financial markets
• Recognise the effects of the violation of the efficient markets hypothesis on the pricing of assets in financial markets
• Produce the security market line using a set of asset returns and variances
• Recognise the relationship between current prices and future cash flows

Additional outcomes:
Through active reading of the financial press, students will be able to apply the theoretical skills they have gained in order to interpret and evaluate current events in financial markets. Students will be able to develop their problem-solving skills by learning to reveal hidden information contained within accounting-based financial statements.

Outline content:
• Introduction to corporate finance
• Financial accounting and finance
• Valuation: Time value of money
• Valuation with discounted cash flows
• Interest rates and bond valuation
• Stock valuation
• Risk and return
• Return, risk, and the security market line
• Market efficiency
• Trading case on rational expectations (discounting and the time value of money)
• Trading case on bond (bond valuation, coupon payment, par value and discounting)

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures will be used for the exposition of theory. Classes will be used to discuss non-assessed problem sets and case studies.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 8
Practicals classes and workshops 6
Guided independent study 166
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 68
Practical skills assessment 12
Class test administered by School 20

Other information on summative assessment:
Other information on summative assessment:
(1)Multiple Choice test
(2)Trading Simulation I
(3)Final examination

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One 1.5-hour unseen written paper

    Requirements for a pass:
    A minimum mark of 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination for Part 1modules in accordance with University policy

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books: Principles of Corporate Finance, Global Edition, 2014, Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK), Author: Richard Brealey, Stewart Myers, Franklin Allen, ISBN: 978-0-0771-5156-0, RRP: £55.99.
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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