INTERNATIONAL FINANCE PROJECT - 2018/9

Module code: MANM376

Module Overview

This is a compulsory module for the MSc International Financial Management Programme. Being the final element of the Programme, it provides an opportunity to conduct study on an international finance-related situation and reflect on it. Students are expected to select an international finance-related issue from a range of choices, conduct an independent research and complete a report within a stipulated period. They will have the opportunity to consult with the Module Convenor while deciding on the business case that interests them. The research should be based on secondary data sources.

 The students will have opportunity to understand the techniques essential in writing financial reports in the taught module “Cases in International Finance”. In addition, support session will be conducted by the module convenor to assist students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the requirements of the report.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

XIONG N Dr (SBS)

Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: N300

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Crosses academic years

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Cases in International Finance

Module content

Students will identify a topic area of interest that they wish to develop further through their project. This must be relevant to their programme of study. The module is largely based on self-directed study and research, which takes place during the summer.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) INDIVIDUAL PROJECT REPORT (5,000 WORDS) 100

Alternative Assessment

None

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the achievements of the module’s learning outcomes.

 Summative assessment

The student is assessed on the basis of a 5,000 word project report including a 500 word executive summary. The assessment is designed to capture the ability of the students to design and execute a small piece of empirical research on an international finance topic and critically discuss and evaluate the research findings. All Projects are checked for plagiarism using an electronic plagiarism detection system.

 Formative assessment and feedback

Students should build on the outcomes and feedback received in the Cases in International Finance module and develop a project – using secondary research – that demonstrates the successful understanding the module’s aims and outcomes. Additionally, the module offers a platform (via SurreyLearn) for students to give and receive feedback. Finally, weekly office hours aim to provide additional feedback and assist students with the workload when necessary.

Module aims

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of an international finance-related issue
  • Analyse an international finance-related problem or opportunity in light of the insight gained from the context using appropriate finance tools
  • Develop and a apply relevant and robust research methodology
  • Outline recommendations in a convincing manner

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Present a substantial piece of coherent work based on self-directed research KCPT
002 Write cogently to show an in depth understanding and insight of a relevant topic in international finance KCPT
003 Analyse and present the research findings and produce sound conclusions KCPT
004 Be aware of the limitations of the study, and be able to identify new areas for investigation/new problems/ or alternative applications or methodological approaches KCPT
005 Communicate the findings and provide recommendations in a consise manner, suitable for presentation to industry (the executive summary) KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The module commenses mid-August, and is completed by late September of the same year.

 The learning strategy is designed to develop the students’ ability to conduce and report independent research. It builds on the Cases in International Finance module, allowing students to gain experience of applying some of the principles and methods learned.

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

Reading list for INTERNATIONAL FINANCE PROJECT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/manm376

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
International Financial Management MSc Cross Year Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% 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.