CORPFIN 7048 - Applied Financial Institutions Management (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

The course focuses on the risk management within financial institutions to manage the varied types of risk that they may be exposed to. The course applies the theories of defining and measuring various types of risk these institutions can be exposed to, and identifies effective policies and strategies for successful risk management. The course also examines international standards of banking practice and the impact on risk management of the institutions.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CORPFIN 7048
    Course Applied Financial Institutions Management (M)
    Coordinating Unit Finance and Banking
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites CORPFIN 7005
    Assumed Knowledge CORPFIN 7033, COMMERCE 7033
    Assessment Exam/assignments/tests/presentation/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Erin Derina

    Dr. Ratna Derina (Erin)  
    Location: Room 12.37, Nexus 10 
    Telephone: :8313 7137
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    By the end of this course students will:
    1. Understand the theories of financial intermediaries and the important roles of the financial institutions in the global economy
    2. Critically evaluate and analyse performance of financial institutions
    3. Understand the main types of risk financial institutions are exposed to, which includes interest rate risk, credit risk, market risk, off balance sheet risk, liquidity risk, foreign exchange risk and operational risk, and how they are interconnected
    4. Implement different methods to measure the main types of financial institution risk
    5. Implement methods in managing the risk including asset and liability management, capital management and securitisation
    6. Understand the application of the international standards of banking practice
    7. Engage in informed discussion of some of the contemporary issues in an international context, affecting financial institutions and their stakeholders
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A. Saunders, M.M. Cornett, O. Erhemjamts (SCO) , Financial Institutions Management : A Risk Management Approach , Tenth Edition, McGraw Hill/Irwin ( 2021)
    Recommended Resources
    Additional Readings :

    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)
    Online Learning
    Lecture material such as presentation, articles, seminar questions and lecture recordings will be available on MyUni. Solutions to seminar questions not covered in seminars  will  be made available in the week following the seminar.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures are supported by problem-solving tutorials developing material covered in lectures

    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 Introduction
    Week 1 Overview of Financial Institutions
    Depository Institutions
    Non Depository Institutions
    SCE: Ch 1 & 2

    2 Measuring Financial Performance
    Week 2 Financial Statement and Analysis
    Concepts of Risk Management
    SCE App 2A & 2B
    Measuring and Managing Risks 
    Week 3 3 Interest rate risk (Maturity and Duration Models)
    SCE App 8a
    Week 4 3 Interest rate risk (Duration & Repricing Models)
    4 Credit Risk (Part 1)
    SCE Ch 8 & 9
    SCE Ch 10
    Week 5 4 Credit Risk (Part II) SCE : Ch 11
    Week 6 Mid Semester Test Topics 1 - 3
    Week 6 5 Off Balance Sheet Risk 
    6 Foreign Exchange Risk
    SCE Ch 16
    SCE Ch 13
    Week 7 6 Foreign Exchange Risk (Cont.)
    7 Market Risk
    SCE Ch 13
    SCE Ch 15
    Week 8 8 Liquidity Risk SCE Ch 12

    Week 9 Liability and Liquidity Management SCE Ch 19 & 20 (Deposit Insurance), LSTAC 2nd Ed Ch 16, pg 413-417
    Week 10 10 Capital Adequacy and Management SCE Ch 21
    Week 11 11 Securitisation SCE Ch 27
    Week 12 Review All
  • 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
    Assessment Task Due Date Weighting Learning Outcome
    Mid Semester Test (topics 1-3) Week 6 (online) 20% 1-3
    Group Assignment Week 12 20% 1-4,7
    Final Exam (all topics, closed book) Exam Period (see Access Adelaide) 60% 1-6
    Total 100%

    Specific due dates will be published on MyUni.

    Bonus mark for early submission of the  assignment: 2.5 marks

    Assessment Detail
    The assessment consists of mid semester test,  group assignment and final examination.

    o Mid Semester Test will be held on Friday, Week 6 from 5 to 6.30 pm (Adelaide time)
    The test will run online for 1.5 hours.
    The test will cover topics 1 to 3.  

    o Group Assignment  :
    -Group assignment is to be done in a group up to 3 people. All team members are expected to contribute approximately equally to the group assignment. The assignment is due by 11.59pm (Adelaide time) on Friday, Week 12.

    - Early submission bonus mark : A bonus of 2.5 marks is applied for early submission of the assignment (by 11.59pm - Adelaide time - on Tuesday, Week 12. 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 (or 5% of the possible maximum mark applicable for the assignment) for each day that it is late.  

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

    Group assignment 
    Group Assignment repoort must be submitted  electronically by 11.59 pm on Friday (week 12) via the Turnitin Assignment tool on MyUni by the group leader. .
    You can upload your assignment directly by following the prompts. For guidance on how to submit your assignment electronically via MyUni, go to and click on the “Submit an Assignment” tutorial. You will need to upload a Word version of your assignment to Turnitin.
    Hardcopy and softcopy need to be identical. Penalties of 5 % will apply for every day 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. .

    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 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 5% mark reduction for each day that it is late. 

    Return of Assignments
    Lecturers aim to mark and return assignments to students within two (2) weeks of the due date with written feedback. 
    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
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