Module code: MANM377

Module Overview

The Cases in International Finance module aims to help students to develop an understanding of the process involved in successfully analysing case information to complete an international finance-related project, in preparation for the Project module. It enables students to understand a real-life, complex, multi-layered, multinational issue and synthesise appropriate information while preparing an analysis on the case. It facilitates the independent learning process and provides students with the knowledge, skills and understanding required to articulate findings in a structured report format. By covering the fundamentals of report techniques and their applications, this module will enable students to work independently for the Project module.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content could include international cases in:

  • Corporate Governance

  • Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Financial Misconduct

  • Ownership and Control

  • Collusion

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the achievements of the module’s learning outcomes. The assessment consists of a summative individual written essay (100%) and is designed to capture a holistic learning acquired in all the topics and to assess the student’s ability to comprehend and critically discuss the relevant theoretical concepts in relation to the case contexts.


Formative assessment and feedback

Tutorials provide a platform of frequent feedback in the topics covered preparing, thus, the student for his/her success in the final essay. Additionally, the module offers a platform for students to give and receive feedback via SurreyLearn. Finally, weekly office hours aim to provide additional feedback and assist students with the workload.

Module aims

  • Introduce the fundamentals of analysing financial cases
  • Enable students to effectively present the topic/ problem on which the report is to be prepared
  • Highlight the relevant internal and external factors related to an international financial case and discussing their importance, severity, and impact
  • Provide students with an understanding of using relevant and case-specific, appropriate data from the secondary data sources to develop logical solutions
  • Develop students’ ability to make suitable recommendations to stakeholders based on the case context
  • Apply theoretical application to the case contexts to support the students’ analysis or recommendations associated with the events

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Critically apply a structured approach to analysing an international financial case KCPT
002 Conduct appropriate research to position the understanding of an international topic in finance in the wider business context CPT
003 Use a range of tools/frameworks relevant and appropriate to analyse the topic/problem to be reported KCPT
004 Flex the style and contents of the analysis in light of the different expectations of the impacted stakeholders KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The module commences in the Summer Semester.

The teaching and learning strategy for this module is designed to encourage students to think critically about the different stages of writing the report and to engage in sharing insights on the possible implications for the recommendations presented with appropriate justification.

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:  Involve the students in a full action learning mixing lectures with workshops and detailed case analysis.


The learning and teaching methods including several elements to achieve the module learning outcomes:


1. Lectures delivered by the module tutors designed to develop

a. application skills of appropriate tools and frameworks used for analysing financial cases

b. the use of planning and writing strategies effectively

c. develop appropriate skills to use referencing techniques appropriately


2. Workshop activities and peer group exercises

a. student-led class discussions of case studies and research scenarios to put theory into application and transform the acquired knowledge into practice

b. students are expected to support the work undertaken during each lecture by undertaking a number of independent learning activities:

c. preparatory reading with questions to guide their note taking

d. follow up exercises to consolidate their learning, where appropriate applying this to new situations

e. further reading to enable them to extend their knowledge and understanding


3. Self-initiated learning through reading Surrey Learn and partner websites

a. the University's virtual learning environment (SurreyLearn) will be used to support student learning by providing them with additional resources and links to useful websites. SurreyLearn will also be used for further discussion of the module topics between the students and the lecturers as well as the students and their colleagues. Additionally PowerPoint presentations and case studies used by the lecturers will be placed on SurreyLearn before the lecture so that students may print off copies in time for the lecture.


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
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
International Corporate Finance MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Investment Management MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
International Financial Management MSc 2 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 2022/3 academic year.