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Advanced Diploma in Banking and Finance

The Advanced Diploma in Banking and Finance is designed to provide a high quality and professionally relevant undergraduate programme, developing in students a sound understanding of banking and finance and its applications. Students are also encouraged to be critical thinkers and learners that will enable them to embark on further learning and professional career developments.

Programme Objective

A core of academic knowledge, understanding and technical skills related to the finance and banking industry; An awareness of the broader contextual issues influencing banking and finance; An appreciation of the management and organisational behavioural theories and practices; An appreciation of the significance of key legal, economic, and banking and finance concepts to the business organisation; A knowledge and understanding of the main current and alternative technical language and practices within banking and finance from an international perspective; A knowledge and understanding of theories and empirical evidence concerning the effects of banking and finance in various contexts and the ability to critically evaluate such theories and evidence.

Delivery Method

Generally the curriculums for all levels are taught over 4 terms of 12 weeks. Modules are conducted in formal instructor-led classroom sessions where students are introduced to the course discipline. Each term will cover 2-3 modules with 50 contact hours per module. Lectures are 3-hour sessions and Tutorial 3-hour sessions weekly.

Progression Pathway
* Advanced Diploma in Banking and Finance
* Progression to Bachelor Degree is subject to articulation arrangement / mapping
Mode & Duration
Full-time: 9 mths
Part-time: 9 mths
Jan / Apr / Jul / Oct
Average Teacher-Student Ratio
Each module is assessed by academic work comprising written assignments, case study reports, essays, examination as determined by the subject profile. The assessment criterion varies from module to module and level to level.
  • 1. Asset Management
    • The current trend in the funds management industry is away from security analysis (stock picking) and towards asset allocation (managing the balance of equities, bonds, cash etc). The latter, typically called asset management, is now more important than the former, typically called investment management. Asset management is important to both individuals who manage their own personal assets and managers who manage the assets of others. Topics covered are construction of the asset portfolio, investment objectives and policies; the management of the asset portfolio including the selection of assets, the utilisation of modern portfolio methods and the revision of the portfolio; and the protection of the assets using derivatives. The module emphasises the analytical aspects of asset management and the decision making process to enable students to apply the established theories and models in the financial world.
  • 2. Research Methods
    • This module introduces students to the core concepts, methods, and values involved in doing research, from formulating research questions, reviewing the literature, designing questionnaires, to carrying out data analysis and presenting research results. The strengths and weaknesses of research methods are examined to help students choose an appropriate methodology, and the wider philosophical issues and ethical controversies that affect research are discussed. It also examines the distinction between quantitative and qualitative research techniques and how and when they should be used.
  • 3. Financial Management
    • This module is designed for finance and business students to enable them to present and apply theories of corporate finance. Students will learn about the goals of managerial finance and the roles of financial managers and be exposed to financial and ratio analysis and its limitations. The core areas cover Financial Forecasting, Planning and Budgeting; Management of Working Capital; Sources of Finance; Time Value of Money and Capital Investment Appraisal; Capital Budgeting; Cost of Capital; Leverage and Capital Structure and Dividend Policy.
  • 4. Banking Operations
    • Banking Operations is a subject to be taught in the second year of the degree programme in Banking and Finance. In this module students will be provided an understanding of the practices underlying banking operations. The subject will enable students to analyse banking operations, review competitive strategies and the marketing of bank services. These areas are examined using theoretical models to evaluate the rapidly evolving policy of retail, and international banking
  • 5. Industrial Project FinTech Applications
    • Fintech continues to be the most popular sector within financial markets in recent developments in industry, research and study. Long protected by regulatory environments, financial institutions are coming under challenge from powerful technology providers who are able to deliver at greater efficiency and lower costs. In its most generic form, Fintech relates to the part of the technology startup arena that is disrupting areas such as mobile phone payments, the transfer of money, loans, raising funds and even established forms of finance such as asset management. The module is designed to complement the student’s classroom studies through first-hand experience of the work environment. Aside from learning the theory students will actively embark on FinTech related industrial projects documenting ideation, prototyping and deployment of new technologies, innovative commercial business models and solutions to bring to market relevant financial products and services in order to enhance banking processes.
  • 6. Financial Markets and Institutions
    • This module covers various financial markets, instruments, and institutions with the primary focus on capital raising and financing activities of firms at different stages in their life cycle. The course analyses financing choices for young firms for which there exists little or no security price information and then subsequently examines capital raising issues relevant to larger, listed firms. Topics include the decision to go public, mechanics and pricing of Initial Public Offerings (IPO), role of investment bankers in IPOs, privatisation, bank and public debt markets, securitisation, credit ratings, junk bond markets, equity financing and signalling, convertible debt financing, interest rate, currency and price risk management, and issues relating to corporate hedging.

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