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SCQF Level: 10  

Module Code: ANF401

Credit Value: 20  

Year: 2017/8

Term: Term 1

School: Dundee Business School

Description

An overview of research methods for international finance and an examination of how multinational corporations and financial institutions manage risk and money.

Aims

The aims of this module are to provide the student with an understanding of theories, concepts and principles of research methodology and the range of methods for conducting research in finance and to provide an understanding of the roles and functions of management within the overall financial management system of a multinational organisation. To achieve this in context, the module is designed in two parts providing an overview of the theoretical framework of research methodology and quantitative data analysis methods (Pt1) and the study of literature on issues in international trade finance (Pt2).

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Identify a research question(s), set research aims and objectives, and select and justify a research methodology to meet them;

1.  Identify a research question(s), set research aims and objectives, and select and justify a research methodology to meet them;

2.  Analyse and interpret primary/secondary data;

2.  Analyse and interpret primary/secondary data;

3.  Research, review and evaluate recent literature in specified areas relating to the management of international trade finance.

3.  Research, review and evaluate recent literature in specified areas relating to the management of international trade finance.

Indicative Content

1 Introduction to Research

The nature and purpose of research, different types of research and their strengths and weaknesses; The main stages in the research process; Identifying/generating a research topic and setting research aim(s) and objectives; Developing and justifying a research strategy; Ethical issues in conducting research.

1 Introduction to Research

The nature and purpose of research, different types of research and their strengths and weaknesses; The main stages in the research process; Identifying/generating a research topic and setting research aim(s) and objectives; Developing and justifying a research strategy; Ethical issues in conducting research.

2 Reviewing Literature and Developing a Research Proposition

The purposes of a literature review and the main steps in conducting one; Searching, evaluating, organizing and synthesizing the relevant literature; Managing bibliographic records; Developing research questions, and identifying characteristics/attributes; Developing a research proposal.

2 Reviewing Literature and Developing a Research Proposition

The purposes of a literature review and the main steps in conducting one; Searching, evaluating, organizing and synthesizing the relevant literature; Managing bibliographic records; Developing research questions, and identifying characteristics/attributes; Developing a research proposal.

3 Data Collection

Approaches to qualitative and quantitative data collection; Survey design and practicalities.

3 Data Collection

Approaches to qualitative and quantitative data collection; Survey design and practicalities.

4 Quantitative Data Analysis

Types of variables (quantitative vs qualitative); Descriptive Statistics: Summarizing and visualizing data sets, finding trends in data, and exploring the relationships between variables; Inferential Statistics: the hypothesis testing procedure, Chi- square Test for Association, Independent Samples t- Test; One way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) Test.

4 Quantitative Data Analysis

Types of variables (quantitative vs qualitative); Descriptive Statistics: Summarizing and visualizing data sets, finding trends in data, and exploring the relationships between variables; Inferential Statistics: the hypothesis testing procedure, Chi- square Test for Association, Independent Samples t- Test; One way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) Test.

5 The International Trading Environment

The international trading environment since 1945. The rise of global institutions and markets and the multinational corporation.

5 The International Trading Environment

The international trading environment since 1945. The rise of global institutions and markets and the multinational corporation.

6 Risk Assessment and Management

The role of the Treasury; Transaction, translation, economic & political risks. Basel Accords and capital adequacy.

6 Risk Assessment and Management

The role of the Treasury; Transaction, translation, economic & political risks. Basel Accords and capital adequacy.

7 Cash Management Problems and Solutions

Monitoring bank balances and bank compensation. Payment systems, Collection systems, Cash concentration systems and Disbursement systems.

7 Cash Management Problems and Solutions

Monitoring bank balances and bank compensation. Payment systems, Collection systems, Cash concentration systems and Disbursement systems.

8 Sources Of Finance

Evaluating short term investments and managing the short-term investment portfolio. Short-term borrowing. Non-bank sources of a short-term credit. Medium term sources of finance. Evaluation of domestic, global and euromarket products. What should we use and when?

8 Sources Of Finance

Evaluating short term investments and managing the short-term investment portfolio. Short-term borrowing. Non-bank sources of a short-term credit. Medium term sources of finance. Evaluation of domestic, global and euromarket products. What should we use and when?

9 Taxation matters

Means of legitimately lowering the global tax burden of an MNC. The influence of the OECD.

9 Taxation matters

Means of legitimately lowering the global tax burden of an MNC. The influence of the OECD.

10 Managing day to day operations

How does IT provide global solutions for treasury management? Working capital management.

10 Managing day to day operations

How does IT provide global solutions for treasury management? Working capital management.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Students will be engaged in enquiry based work for a minimum of 60% of their contact time. Lectures alternate with practical sessions and tutorials. In part 1, in the lectures, key concepts are introduced, whereas in the practical sessions these are further embedded through the application of techniques and processes. Additionally, drop-in sessions provide extra support. In part 2, lectures are interactive and much of the tutorial time is taken with discussion, academic papers and other articles related to module topics. Students are also required to do their own research on material inspired by directed materials and tutorial discussions.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 14
Tutorial/Seminar 14
Supervised Practical Activity 14
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 50
Independent 108

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Guidance notes:

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.

Disclaimer: We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2017/18 , and may be subject to change for future years.

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