CORPFIN 2501 - Financial Institutions Management

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

This course provides an introduction to the management of financial institutions and intermediaries. The course focuses on the importance of ensuring good organizational functioning within institutions to manage the varied types of risk that they may be exposed to. Students are first introduced to the construct of the firm as a legal entity, and how financial institutions have specific requirements that relate to this. The course then examines the principles of the theory and practice of defining and measuring various types of risk these institutions can be exposed to, and effective policies for successful risk management . Students are also introduced to international standards of banking practice and how they impact the functioning of the institutions.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CORPFIN 2501
    Course Financial Institutions Management
    Coordinating Unit Business School
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge ECON 1008, ECON 1000 & ECON 1009
    Course Description This course provides an introduction to the management of financial institutions and intermediaries. The course focuses on the importance of ensuring good organizational functioning within institutions to manage the varied types of risk that they may be exposed to. Students are first introduced to the construct of the firm as a legal entity, and how financial institutions have specific requirements that relate to this. The course then examines the principles of the theory and practice of defining and measuring various types of risk these institutions can be exposed to, and effective policies for successful risk management . Students are also introduced to international standards of banking practice and how they impact the functioning of the institutions.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Erin Derina

    Dr. Ratna Derina
    Location: Room 12.37, Level 12 Nexus 10 Building
    Telephone: 8313 7137
    Email: ratna.derina@adelaide.edu.au

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Explain the importance of financial institutions in the global economy
    2. Evaluate the performance of different types of financial institution
    3. Identify the main types of risk financial institutions are exposed to
    4. Apply different methods to measure those risks to suit different contexts
    5. Propose methods to manage the risks based on international standards of banking practice
    6. Communicate and work effectively in teams and as individuals

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,3,4,5,6
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1,2,3,4,5,6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1,2,3,4,5,6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1,2,3,4,5,6
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1,2,3,4,5,6
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1,2,3,4,5,6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Lange, H., A. Saunders, M.M. Cornett (LSC) , Financial Institutions Management , Fourth Edition, McGraw Hill/Irwin ( 2015)
    Recommended Resources
    Additional Readings :

    Topic 1 :Financial Services Industry
    1. Lewllyn D T, “Banking in the 21st century : The transformation of an industry “ in Readings in Financial Institution management : Modern Technique for a global industry edited by Tom Valentine and Guy Ford, Allen &Unwin (1999)
    2. Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority, “Overview of the Australian Deposit-taking Sector”, APRA Insight (1), 2006.

    Topic 2 : Performance Analysis and Measuring Risk Exposures
    Saunders, J. M.M. Cornett appendix 7A in “Financial Institutions Management, 6th edition McGraw Hill/Irwin (2008)

    Topic 10: Managing Risk : Liability and liquidity Management
    Lange, H., A. Saunders,J.A. Anderson, D. Thomson, M.M. Cornett (LSATC) , chapter 16 (pages 413-417) in “Financial Institutions Management” , Second Edition, McGraw Hill/Irwin ( 2007)
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures are supported by problem-solving tutorials developing material covered in lectures.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This means that students are expected to commit approximately 9 hours for a three-unit course or 13 hours for a four-unit course, of private study outside of your regular classes. Students in this course are expected to attend all lectures throughout the semester plus one tutorial class each week.
    Learning Activities Summary

    Week

    No

    Topic

    Reading

     

    1

    1

    Introduction

     

     

     

    Overview of Financial Institutions

    LSC : Ch 1

     

     

     

    Depository Institutions

    LSATC Ch 2, Lewllyn

     

     

     

    Non Depository Institutions

    LSTAC Ch3

     

    2

    2

    Measuring Financial Performance

     

     

     

    Financial Statement and Analysis

     Saunders Appendix 7A, LSC app 2A

     

     

     

    Concepts of Risk Management

    LSC, CH4

     

     

     

    Measuring Risk Exposure

     

     

    3

    3

    Interest rate risk (Maturity Model)

    LSC app 5a

    4

     3

    Interest rate risk (Duration & Repricing Models)

    LSC : Ch 6 & 5

    4 &5

    4

    Credit Risk

    LSC : Ch 10 &11

    6

     5

    Off-balance sheet activities & assignment

    LSC : Ch 16

     

    6

    Mid Semester Test

    Topics 1 to 3

    7

    6

    Foreign Exchange Risk

    LSC : Ch 13

    7

    Market Risk

     LSC : Ch9

    9

    8

    Liquidity Risk

    LSC ; Ch14

     

     

    Managing Risk

     

     

    10 

    9

    Liability and Liquidity Management

    LSC: Ch15, LSTAC 2nd ed ch 16, pg 413-417

    11 

    10

    Capital Adequacy

    LSC: Ch18

    12

    11

    Securitisation

    LSC: Ch8

    13

    12

    Review

    All

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    There is a group assignment  to be completed by students in a group of 2 to 4 people. The objectives of the projects are for students to undertake independent research on banks’ activities and risk management as well as to assess the impacts of financial crisis on banks’ activities, performance and risk exposure.

    Students will have to choose 2 different banks. The period of analysis is from 2007 to 2013 to capture the impacts of global financial crisis and European debt crisis. Students are required to clearly explain their motivations and objectives of choosing the banks and to undertake their own research on the banks by gathering information required from the banks’ financial reports, market and industry analysis etc. The group assignment will be due in week 12.  
    It is recommended for students to have consultation meetings with the academic staff (lecturer or tutors) during the completion of the assignment.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    The assessment components are as follows:

    Assessment Task Weighting Learning Outcome
    Tutorial 10%
    (Attendance : 2%, Participation : 4%, Submitted work 4%)
    1-6
    Mid Semester Test 20% 1-4
    Small Group Discovery: Group Assignment 20% 1-6
    Final Exam 50% 1-6
    Total 100%

    Specific due dates will be published on MyUni.

    Bonus mark for early submission of the group assignment: 2.5 marks
    Assessment Detail
    The assessment consists of tutorials, mid semester test, SGDE group assignment and final examination.

    o Tutorial classes will be held commencing the week beginning Monday, March 11th (week 2)
    Mark on tutorial is given for  attendance, active participation and submission of work on tutorial questions
    -
    Class Participation : • Class participation will be assessed based on student’s active participation in tutorial class.   
    -Submission of Work : • Student needs to submit weekly homework in tutorial class. Student who copies tutorial answers from the textbook manual or any other sources will receive mark of zero for submission of work.

    Mid Semester Test 
    will be held on Friday, April 12th (week 6). The test will cover topics 1 to 3.
    Student who does not sit the mid semester test and does not provide evidence of adequate reason (e.g. illness or unavoidable work commitment) will receive mark of zero for the test which will not be redeemable (i.e. test will still count for 20 percent of final mark). Student who misses the mid semester test and provides evidence of adequate reason will have weighting on the final exam increased by 20 percentage points

    Small Group Discovery :
    -
    Group assignment is to be done in a group of 2 to 4 people.  Group members can be from different tutorial classes. All team members are expected to contribute approximately equally to the group assignment.  The assignment is due by 11.59pm on Friday, June 7th (week 12).
    - Early submission bonus mark : A bonus of 2.5 marks is applied for early submission of the assignment (by 11.59pm on Tuesday, June 4th). If the assignment is  submitted later than this time, then the bonus is not applied.
     A late assignment (without prior arrangement) will be penalised by a 1 mark reduction for each day that it is late. 

    Final exam is a closed book exam, covers all topics. No minimum mark for the final exam is required to pass the course.


    Submission
    Group assignment reports should be submitted  electronically by 11.59pm on Friday, June 7th week 12 by the group leader. The link for the Turnitin Assignment tool have been created for you under the Assignment page entitled “FIM Group Assignment Submission”in the MyUni Canvas site.
    You can upload your assignment directly by following the prompts. For guidance on how to submit your assignment electronically via MyUni Canvas, go to http://www.adelaide.edu.au/myuni/tutorials/ and click on the “Submit an Assignment” tutorial. You will need to upload a Word  or pdf version of your assignment to Turnitin. A late assignment will be penalised by a 1 mark reduction for each day that it is late.

    Presentation of Assignments

    •• Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
    • When submitting your assignment, please attach a ‘ Group Assignment Cover Sheet’, which must be signed and dated by all group members before submission. Lecturers can refuse to accept assignments, which do not have a signed acknowledgement of the University’s policy on plagiarism.

    Assignment Guidelines including Referencing Details
    A copy of the Postgraduate Programs: Communication Skills Guide will have been given to you at the beginning of your program. This guide will assist you structure your assignments. A copy of the guide can also be downloaded from http://www.business.adelaide.edu.au/current/mba/download/2009MBACommSkillsGuide.pdf This publication also provides guidelines on a range of other important communication skills including writing essays and management reports, making oral presentations etc.

    In preparing any written piece of assessment for your undergraduate studies it is important to draw on the relevant ‘literature’ to support critical analysis. Also essential is to reference the literature used. Correct referencing is important because it identifies the source of the ideas and arguments that you present, and sometimes the source of the actual words you use, and helps to avoid the problem of plagiarism. (Further information on plagiarism is provided later in this course outline.)

    The Harvard system is widely used in the Business School. Guidelines for the use of this style of referencing can be found in the Communication Skills Guide. Further assistance with referencing is available from the Faculty’s Learning Support Advisors. The contact details are provided on page 6 of the Communication Skills Guide.

    Late Assignment Submission
    Students are expected to submit their work by the due date to maintain a fair and equitable system. Extensions will generally only be given for medical or other serious reasons. All requests for extensions must be emailed to the lecturer in charge of the course before the due date. Each request will be assessed on its merits.
    A late assignment (without prior arrangement) will be penalised by a 1 mark reduction for each day that it is late. 

    Return of Assignments
    Lecturers aim to mark and return assignments to students within 14 work days of the due date with written feedback. Students are responsible for collecting their marked assignments from the Student Hub. 
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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