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Unit information: Behavioural Finance in 2021/22

Unit name Behavioural Finance
Unit code EFIMM0016
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Sonny Biswas
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Accounting and Finance
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

The purpose of the unit is to provide an understanding of psychological biases which affect financial decision-making and to consider the related empirical evidence.

The first part of the unit will provide a brief introduction to the general models in Behavioural Finance (such as Prospect Theory, Ambiguity Aversion and Herding).

The second part of the unit will focus on the implications of behavioural biases for Corporate Finance. For example, it will cover topics such as security issuance and market timing, dividend policy decisions and wealth destruction in mergers and acquisitions arising from managerial overconfidence.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit a student is expected to:

  1. Critically review the Efficient Markets Hypothesis and associated empirical irregularities.
  2. Describe the nature and role of investor biases in financial decision making. Apply this knowledge to personal investment decisions.
  3. Recognize that systematic biases may be exploited to make profit.
  4. Learn how to incorporate loss aversion and ambiguity aversion in a standard (rational) utility maximisation framework.
  5. Assess and judge the merits of the behavioural assumptions.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, tutorials, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities

Assessment Information

This unit will be assessed by 100% exam


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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