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Unit information: Asset Markets in 2022/23

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Unit name Asset Markets
Unit code EFIM20043
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Cui
Open unit status Not open
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)

Financial Markets, Institutions and Instruments

Risk and Return

Mathematics for Economics

Probability, Statistics and Econometrics

Units you must take alongside this one (co-requisite units)


Units you may not take alongside this one


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

Unit Information

This unit aims to equip students with the fundamental concepts and tools underlying the asset pricing (as opposed to Corporate Finance) side of modern finance.

The unit covers asset markets and valuation. The valuation of fixed-income securities is studied first, followed by the valuation of stocks and then derivatives such as futures and options. Concepts emphasized include the present-value formula, valuation by arbitrage, portfolio theory, the CAPM, market efficiency, the uses of derivatives in hedging and speculation and binomial and Black-Scholes models of option valuation.

To assess all learning outcomes, the exam paper will combine conceptual and numerical questions. Parts of it will be entirely discursive, requiring argumentation and persuasion based on theory and evidence. Other sections will require mathematical derivations and graphical illustration. All numerical results will require discussion and interpretation.

Your learning on this unit

Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the major theoretical tools and theories of asset pricing and their relevance to practical investment problems
  2. Explain the factors influencing the investment behaviour and opportunities of investors
  3. Show understanding of derivative assets and their uses
  4. Show a capacity for independent and self-managed learning
  5. Demonstrate problem-solving skills
  6. Analyse and identify the components of a problem.

How you will learn

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.

How you will be assessed

Formative assessment

Students will be asked to prepare material for small group classes, some of which will be collected and marked with feedback provided

Summative assessment

2.5 hour closed book examination. This assesses all learning outcomes.


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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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The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.