Programme Enquiry

Diploma in Banking and Finance

The 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 2-hour sessions and Tutorial 3-hour sessions weekly

Progression Pathway
Diploma in Banking and Finance
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. Financial Accounting I
    • This module covers key knowledge and understanding of accounting principles and concepts including the preparation of accounting entries for non-current assets; advanced bookkeeping; journals for correction of errors and year-end adjustments; trial balance and financial accounts. Students will be exposed to AP AR GL CB COA TB POS modules. Key areas such as making end of period adjustments, producing and analysing end period reports will be covered. This qualification is suitable for those working or intending to work in advanced accounting roles.
  • 2. Digital Marketing
    • The objective of this module is to provide the understanding of the concepts of digital marketing. Scope coverage includes; understanding digital marketing; digital information, media, channels and devices; digital marketing and the marketing mix; integrating the traditional 4Ps of marketing mix strategy into the digital platform; digital marketing analytics; challenges and legal and ethical considerations in digital marketing such as cybersecurity and data protection and intellectual property. (67 words)
  • 3. Principles and Practice of Banking & Finance
    • The module addresses the fundamentals of banking and finance, on which subsequent and more specialised finance units are based. Students will be taught on the institutional features of financial systems and identify key issues and problems arising in banking and finance. This module also covers the principles and practices of lending. Students will be taught the principles, concepts, techniques, methods of lending and the process of debt recovery.
  • 4. Economics
    • In this module, students will learn the different economic systems and how the market works. Students will be exposed to the various micro-economic theories of demand and production, product pricing, market forms; price determination under perfect competition and imperfect competition, and the theory of distribution. In addition, students will learn the macro-economic theory of income and employment determination, National Income, Keynesian and monetarists' viewpoints, and the main macro-economic concerns of Inflation; Unemployment, as well as Macro-economic policies and International Trade.
  • 5. Principles of Management
    • This module introduces students to key challenges faced by managers in the new millennium. Learning includes the study of management concepts, management processes, and managerial roles in organization; classical, behavioural and contemporary viewpoints in management; organizational culture and social responsibility and ethics in management; planning and managerial decision making; organizing and organizational structure and design; leading, managing individuals and groups, motivation, leadership, employment relations and managerial control and control methods.
  • 6. Fundamentals of Blockchain Technology
    • Blockchain is an emerging disruptive technology that radically improve transactions security at banking, supply chain, and other transaction networks. Essentially, it provides the basis for a dynamic distributed ledger that can be applied to save time when recording transactions between parties, remove costs associated with intermediaries, and reduce risks of fraud and tampering. This module explores the fundamentals and applications of blockchain technology. Students will learn about the decentralized peer-to-peer network, distributed ledger, and trust model that define blockchain technology. The module covers the basic components of blockchain (transaction, block, block header, and the chain), its operations (hashing, verification, validation, and consensus model), underlying algorithms, and the essentials of trust (hard fork and soft fork). We will look at private and public blockchain networks similar to Bitcoin and Ethereum, as well as concepts of smart contracts, proof of work, and proof of stake. Finally, we will address the relationships among blockchain technology, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, and digital transformation. Students will understand the inner workings and applications of this disruptive technology and its potential impact on all aspects of the business world and society.
  • 7. Fundamentals of Banking Law
    • The module addresses the fundamentals of Banking Law, starting with basics of contract law, agency and relevance to banking, the banker-customer relationship, duties of the banker and the customer as well as exposes the student to legal aspects of lending and security taking. Topics include the legal underpinnings of the financial system; regulatory architecture; legal concepts underlying the bank-customer relationship and duties of banker and customer; customer information and reporting; electronic banking; use and regulation of negotiable instruments (bills of exchange, promissory notes and cheques); lending and taking security; and consumer protection. The module concludes by considering recent issues in banking and how they link to the topics covered in the course.
  • 8. Money and Monetary Systems
    • Money and Monetary System is a subject to be taught in the first year of the degree programme in Finance. In this module students will be provided an introductory explanation to the origin of money and its roles in the past and present money systems. It will also provide an insight to the mechanics of how currencies work in a market economy and how Central banks can use an instrument to regulate the growth of the economy. The relationship between interest rate and price of currency is also discussed in a broader perspective.

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