Summary module description:

Aims:
Students will become familiar with the nature and the functions of the banking sector with particular focus on emerging markets. Specifically they will gain an understanding of: (a) the main structural features of banking systems; (b) the main changes that have occurred in emerging banking markets in recent years; (c) the role of public sector ownership and foreign ownership in banking markets; (d) the main problems and policy options in financial liberalisation programmes.

Assessable learning outcomes:
The module provides an economic analysis of the problems relating to banking sector policies in emerging economies. There is a strong link between theoretical and empirical examples by using case studies. Students will be able to analyse problems and offer recommendations on issues regarding bank reform in transition economies.

Additional outcomes:
Students will master the ability to work independently under pressure and make their own decisions on the organisation of their work. They will also develop generic skills for future employment and career development.

Outline content:
The module provides a comprehensive overview of the current theoretical research in banking in particular in emerging economies. Students will become familiar with the theoretical analysis of the banking sector in emerging economies and examine amongst other issues the establishment of a payments system, the problems of bad loans, bank profitability and privatisation, the role of foreign banks as well as the issues of bank failures and banking crises.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Detailed guidance on the main topics of the syllabus and key references are provided in ten 2-hour sessions of lectures, questions and discussions.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 80
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Class test administered by School 50

Other information on summative assessment:
Two pieces of coursework are required, one class test and one written assignment, each worth 50% of the final mark.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
A weighted average coursework mark of 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:
By the submission of a written 3,000 word essay on a new topic by the last Friday in August of the same academic year.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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