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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 markets - know the main financial instruments and their use - analyze pros and cons of different financial instruments - 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 markets

Prerequisites and co-requisites

The course Introduction to Financial Management or equivalent

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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 20% 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

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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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