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BUU44640 International Finance

5 ECT credits

Lecturer

Benjamin Lynch

Module Outline

The course examines the global financial environment. As the international company becomes the norm rather than the exception, the need to internationalise the tools of financial analysis is critical. The objective of this module is to provide a conceptual framework within which the key financial decisions of the multinational firm can be analysed. We now live in a highly integrated world economy, and it is crucial that businesses understand both the risks and opportunities that globalisation brings.

This course covers exchange rate systems and international financial markets, and details the theory and evidence on exchange rate determination.  It also focuses on foreign exchange risk management, corporate governance practises across the globe, foreign investments and investment analysis in particular portfolio investment and cross-border acquisitions.

Learning and Teaching Approach

This module is structured around a series of lectures, questions and readings. Students will be expected to prepare homework in advance of and to contribute to discussions in class.  

Learning Outcomes

Having completed this module, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the international financial system, how the globalisation of the world economy is evolving and how firms need to react to these changes
  • Assess the current global business environment and design appropriate international financial management strategies
  • Understand how exchange rates work, the advantages and disadvantages of various currency systems, and the theory and evidence relating to exchange rate determination
  • Explain the mechanisms for managing foreign exchange rate exposure

Textbook and Readings


Required core course textbook:

Eiteman, D.K., Stonehill, A.I., & Moffett, M.H. (2016) Multinational Business Finance, (14th ed. Global Edition). Pearson Education. ISBN: 9781292097879

General Supplemental Readings

Additional readings will also be assigned throughout the course and will be posted on Blackboard.

Module Prerequisite

BUU22550 Introduction to Finance (SF Year)

Assessment

Assessment for this course will be as follows:

  1. International Finance Project (Group) – 30%
  2. Final Examination (Individual) – 70%