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IESEG School of Management ( IÉSEG )

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Level Year Period Language of instruction 
MSc in Investment Banking and Capital Markets1S1English
Academic responsibilityA.BURIETZ
Lecturer(s)Aurore Burietz-Barakat


Finance fundamentals
Introduction to financial markets
Corporate finance

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student should be able to :
understand the structure and the evolution of the banking industry (AACSB Learning Goal)
define the role of banks in the financial system and in the economy (AACSB Learning Goal)
describe and assess the quality of banks' balance sheet
develop a critical view of the banking industry and assess the current issues related to this industry (AACSB Learning Goal)

Course description

Topic 1 - Introduction and description of Financial intermediaries
Topic 2 - Focus on banks and the management of their balance sheet
Topic 3 - Non-traditional banking activities
Topic 4 - Financial intermediaries and their role in financial crises from an historical perspective

Class type

Class structure

Type of courseNumbers of hoursComments
Face to face
Interactive class24,00   Theory and Exercises
Independent work
Reference manual 's readings15,00   9 chapters + 1 research paper
Independent study
Group Project20,00   2 Presentations
Estimated personal workload16,00   Exam preparation
Total student workload75,00  

Teaching methods

  • Presentation
  • Research
  • Interactive class


The Assessment will take the form of two presentations: one consisting in analysing and comparing 2 banks to answer a specific question related to its level of diversification and its performance and the second one based on a research paper. In addition, there will be one final exam with theoretical and practical questions in which students will be asked to define, apply and use concepts learned in class to develop a critical view of the banking industry.

Type of controlDurationNumberPercentage break-down
Final Exam
Written exam2,00160,00
TOTAL     100,00

Recommended reading

  • Greenbaum, S. I., Thakor, A. V. and Boot, A. W. A. (2015). Contemporary Financial Intermediation. Academic Press, 3rd edition. -

  • Mishkin, F. (2013). The economics of money, banking and financial markets. Pearson Education Inc./Addison-Wesley, 10th edition. -

  • Calomiris, C. W. and Haber, S. H. (2014). Fragile by design. Princeton University Press. -

  • Gorton, G. (2009). Slapped in the Face by the Invisible Hand: Banking and the Panic of 2007. Yale and NBER working paper. Allen, F. and D. Gale (2000). Bubbles and crises. The Economic Journal 110 (460), 236-55. Allen, F. and D. Gale (2007). An introducti -

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