Module code: MANM279

Module Overview

Risk management focuses on the types of risk that arise for a business including; market risk, credit risk, liquidity risk and interest rate risk. This module considers financial risk management strategies; how risk is evaluated; the methods that are available to hedge against risk and the strategies that are employed to mitigate risk.  This is complemented by consideration of key risk management issues for financial institutions including bank capital adequacy. The lessons to be learned from the Financial Crisis of 2007-08 are also investigated. Understanding risk and how to identify and deal with it provides a key input for students of finance, accounting or banking.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

SOPP Rachel (SBS)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: N341

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Introduction to Risk Management

  • Trading in Financial Markets

  • Interest Rate Risk

  • Credit Risk

  • Liquidity Risk

  • Market Risk

  • Hedging Strategies Using Derivatives

  • Options Trading Strategies

  • Risks to the Financial System including the Financial Crisis of 2007-2008

  • Regulation to help reduce Risk in the Financial System

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test 1 HOUR MID-TERM TEST (CLOSED BOOK) 30

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate both the theoretical concepts and their practical application.

Summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • A one-hour mid-term test (30%)

  • A two-hour closed-book final exam (70%)

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative feedback will be given in a continuous manner during the course of the module.  The weekly tutorial sessions and office hours are used to provide individual formative feedback to students.  Students also have the opportunity to sit a mock mid-term test and mock exam to gain a greater insight into progress and areas requiring further study.

Formative and summative feedback on the mid-term test will be given in the teaching week following the test. This will enable the students to assess their learning at that stage and to further prepare for the final exam.


Module aims

  • The aim of the module is to increase awareness of the risks that businesses face in terms of the financial transactions they undertake and to enable students to critically assess and implement the key methods businesses use to evaluate and try to deal with risk. The module provides students with an insight into the reasons financial risk management is undertaken and the strategies that can be employed to reduce risk where necessary.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Identify and critically appraise potential financial risks in terms of market risk, credit risk, liquidity risk and interest rate risk. KC
2 Analyse and select the appropriate risk management or hedging instrument to mitigate this risk if necessary KPT
3 Understand the market conventions which apply to risk management instruments. K
4 Critically analyse the cost and risk of using financial instruments. CT
5 Possess the skills to deal with complex issues systematically and make sound analytical recommendations or judgements. CPT
6 Understand key regulatory issues such as Basel III and evaluate their role in risk management and their impact on management decisions KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 11

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to allow a student to come to grips with what is essentially a subject of mixed theory and practice and in so doing develop a mixture of academic and industry knowledge, numerical problem solving skills and enhance analytical and decision taking powers. This is in line with the programme’s learning and teaching strategy which develops academic and practitioner skills.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Eleven weekly two-hour lecture incorporating interactive class-room participation for better understanding.

  • Eleven weekly one hour tutorials for solving problems to understand key concepts covered in lectures. Tutorials include worked examples which are an integral part of the module. Due to the quantitative nature of the module it is important that participants regularly solve set problems and consult available solution sets. Tutors will provide the necessary support during these sessions for deeper understanding of key issues.

  • SurreyLearn discussion forums to address any issues related to the content, learning and teaching environment, and delivery of the module and/or specific topics.

  • Utilizing SurreyLearn as the main pool of resources including lecture handouts, seminar problems, mock exercises, and discussions. Using SurreyLearn as the main means of communication establishes resource efficiency, communicational effectiveness and visibility for all students.

  • Weekly office hours provided by the tutors.

  • Support of lecture material by directed reading in selected textbooks and journal articles and the provision of self-study resources on SurreyLearn.

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 RISK MANAGEMENT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/manm279

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
International Financial Management MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Economics MA 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Economics and Finance MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Accounting and Finance MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
International Corporate Finance MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Investment Management MSc 2 Optional 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 2020/1 academic year.