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MANG1026 Foundations of Finance

Module Overview

The module develops an understanding of the role Finance has in the world today by examining topics such as Ethical Finance, compounding and discounting cash flows, as well as an introduction to risk management. This module is critical for laying the foundations for future modules in Finance and therefore is an excellent introductory module for any student looking for further their studies in Finance.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • understanding the key theories of finance
  • what money is, its use in financial markets and the importance of ethical finance
  • the importance and use of hedging in financial markets, as well as now to value them
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • apply key understanding of finance topics such as compounding, the time value of money and the purpose of the financial system
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate competence generally in numerical analysis and problem solving
  • demonstrate effective written and/or oral communication


Ethical Finance Compounding and Discounting Banking and Money Arrow-Debreu security Cost of capital An introduction to financial risk management. An introduction to the relationship between risk and return Hedging

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Lectures. • Weekly classes. • Workshops. • Private Study, including reading and working computational problems.

Completion of assessment task30
Follow-up work49
Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Arthur J. Keown, John D. Martin,‎ J. William Petty (2016). Foundations of Finance. 



In-class activities


MethodPercentage contribution
Group work  (20 minutes) 20%
Written assessment 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Digital presentation  (10 minutes) 20%
Written assessment 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Written assessment  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Printing and Photocopying Costs

There will be additional costs for printing.


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the core/recommended text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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