INTERNATIONAL FINANCE - 2018/9
Module code: ECO3048
The module incorporates the foreign exchange market into a macroeconomic setting in order to shed light on the constraints within which open economies operate. At the heart of the analysis is the exchange rate and its determinants, including the different types of possible government intervention. In this context, the role of inflation, interest rates and market expectations are discussed. In addition, the government may also intervene in the foreign exchange market to manage the exchange rate by, e.g., buying or selling the international reserve currency. The decision whether to undertake or not such operations impacts on how the economy responds to different types of shocks (internal or external). The module covers these issues in detail and, in addition, provides a historical context for international arrangements concerning the exchange rate, as well as a review of episodes of exchange rate crises
ARSENIS P Dr (Economics)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 6
JACs code: L130
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
Balance of payments
Foreign exchange market
Purchasing power parity (PPP)
Covered interest parity (CIP) and uncovered interest parity (UIP)
Asset market model, monetary model and exchange rate overshooting
Government policies in the foreign exchange market
International monetary arrangements
Macroeconomic policies for open economies
International macroeconomic policy trilemma
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|School-timetabled exam/test||CLASS TEST (60 MINUTES) - MULTIPLE CHOICE AND MULTI-PART QUESTIONS||30|
|Examination||2 HOUR EXAMINATION – MULTI-PART QUESTIONS||70|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate that they have achieved the module’s learning outcomes.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Coursework (30% of the final module mark) and examination (70% of the final module mark).
The coursework test has a duration of 60 minutes and is a mix of multiple choice and open-ended questions. It is typically held in week 5.
The final two-hour examination consists of three multi-part questions, which are all compulsory. It is designed to reflect the learning outcomes and enables students to display both problem-solving skills and the ability to analyse, explain and evaluate different aspects of the material.
Formative assessment and feedback
Students are supported in their preparation for the summative assessments and receive various forms of feedback. On the former, they are provided with past coursework and examination papers along with the respective solutions (coursework only). On the latter, feedback is made available through SurreyLearn once coursework marks are released, normally within a week. This includes comments on student performance and advice on how to improve, where appropriate. Finally, students are invited to visit the lecturer during office hours and discuss their learning on a one-to-one basis.
- Provide the students with the factual, conceptual and procedural knowledge necessary to facilitate a deep understanding of the role of exchange rates in modern economies.
|001||Understand the workings of the foreign exchange market and the role of government policies in it||KC|
|002||Analyse models of exchange rate determination at different time horizons||KC|
|003||Explain the factors potentially causing financial crises and/or historical changes in the international monetary system||KC|
|004||Evaluate alternative exchange rate arrangements based on specific criteria||KC|
|005||Solve problems under time constraint||KCT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 130
Lecture Hours: 20
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to satisfy the module’s learning outcomes.
The learning and teaching methods include:
2-hour lecture per week (10 lectures)
Lecturer-student interaction through the University’s VLE (SurreyLearn)
Q&As facilitated by electronic voting (PollEverywhere)
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
Reading list for INTERNATIONAL FINANCE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eco3048
Programmes this module appears in
|Politics and Economics BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Business Economics BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Economics BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Economics and Finance BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Economics and Mathematics BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Financial Mathematics BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.