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Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to give a detailed
understanding of the financial markets and the
financial services industry. This relates to
both instruments and structures as well as
market participants and their roles.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is
expected to
- understand the functioning of financial
- know the main financial instruments and their
- analyze pros and cons of different financial
- know the different counterparties, their
roles and the functioning of the Financial
Services Industry
- analyze and discuss the main trends on the
financial markets during recent years

Course contents

- financial markets and structures
- main financial instruments available, and
their use
- market counterparties and roles
- the financial services industry
- characteristics of the Finnish financial

Prerequisites and co-requisites

The course Introduction to Financial Management or

Previous course names


Recommended or required reading

The course literature is not limited to the
literature listed below. The student can freely
use alternative literature with similar contents.

Principles of Corporate Finance
Brealey, Myers, Allen 889p
McGrawHill, Latest edition

Material relevant to each individual topic,
published by financial market actors, government
bodies, regulators etc.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 25 hours
  • Small-group work - 15 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 40 hours
  • Individual studies - 54 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 134 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 134 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

No mandatory attendance at lectures
Mandatory attendance at 50% of presentations
Group assignment:
In groups of 3 students, prepare a written report
or essay on a selected topic. Minimum 12 pages of
text (+ title page, index, list of sources etc).
Presentation of the report to the class
Discussion after presentations
Report stands for 80% of the grade, presentation
Groups are assessed as one unit and every member
in a group gets the same grade. Teacher allocates
members to groups. Each group prepares an
individual report: direct copy-pasting will lead
to failure.
Grade given cannot be improved on, but a failed
report can be resubmitted.
Missing the deadline will reduce grade by 1.


Stenius Andreas


Stenius Andreas

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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