COMPGS06 - Financial Institutions and Markets

This database contains the 2016-17 versions of syllabuses. These are still being finalised and changes may occur before the start of the session.

Syllabuses from the 2015-16 session are available here.

CodeCOMPGS06 (Also taught as: COMPM026)
PrerequisitesAn understanding of the fundamentals macro-economics & software services.
Taught ByDonald Lawrence & Industrial SMEs
AimsThe module exposes participants to an overview of the financial information sector and interaction with global financial markets, which constitute an important application domain of computer science in the southeast UK as well as main global financial centers. The module facilitates transfer of substantial domain knowledge based on IB Analyst training program the lecturer delivers in major int’l firms. Successful candidates may continue with modules COMPGF03 &/or COMPGS07 to gain deeper understanding of  risk management & financial information systems in this domain.
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, participants will understand the function of financial information systems in the context of the broad structure of public and private sector banks, asset managers, brokers, regulators, exchanges, clearing houses, and infrastructure utilities. All together this eco-system supports the effective and liquid global financial market place. Participants will:

  • have an overview of the dynamics, key inter-dependencies and comparative advantages between issuer, intermediary and investor; 
  • understand the different motivations of stakeholders, and how participants navigate market, credit, operational, liquidity and reputation risk in order to maximize risk adjusted returns; 
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