Financial Markets and Instruments

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Financial Markets and Instruments

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    Finance

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    EC 1000 Principles of Microeconomics

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION:
    The course is intended to help students understand the role financial markets and institutions play in the business environment they will face in the future. It also provides them with the opportunity to develop a series of applications of principles from finance and economics that explore the connection between financial markets and institutions and the economy.

    RATIONALE: 
    In today’s dynamic financial environment, the knowledgeable participant requires a firm grounding in financial theory, exposure to the diversity of financial instruments, and appreciation of the role of institutions within financial markets. The course provides business students with such financial market insights by introducing them to the operation of the major financial markets and the role of most common individual financial instruments in these markets as well as the role and the structure of various financial institutions.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES: 
    As a result of taking this module, the student should be able to:
    1. Understand the operation of financial markets and the role of key financial instruments and institutions within these markets.
    2. Understand the time value of money concept and explain interest rate movements, as well as why yields vary between different financial instruments.
    3. Describe the main types of financial instruments, with a focus on their utilization by financial institutions and investors.
    4. Demonstrate knowledge of the main types of financial institutions, with a focus on their function in the financial environment.

    METHOD OF TEACHING AND LEARNING:
    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    - In class discussion of numerical and conceptual exercises and real life examples that help lecturer to illustrate basic concepts of the course. Students are expected to be prepared and they are encouraged to present their views and answers to their peers
    - In class discussion of current economic and financial developments that aim to enhance students' understanding of the domestic and global financial markets.
    - In class discussion of financial press articles to expand exposure on course content beyond the textbook and generate discussion on financial issues. Students are expected to be prepared and they are encouraged to present their views on these issues.
    - Use of power point and videos to present the material.