Banking, Finance & Management

The Programme comprises of four key ‘courses’:

  • Business Management & Administration
  • Banking
  • Financial Management
  • Advanced Management & Administration Theory & Practice

Summarised details of each course comprising this Honours Diploma:


  • Banking; savings, money and loans; financial intermediaries and markets.
  • Explaining the roles and activities of banking.
  • An overview of different aspects of banking.
  • Retail banking; transferring money, lending and scoring, and other retail bank services.
  • Corporate banking: lending, and other key activities; interest rates.
  • How banks operate, liquidity and reserves.
  • Asset and liability management.
  • Bank financial statements.
  • Investment banking: services to companies and governments.
  • Investment banking: market trading activities.
  • Mutuals and Finance Houses, factoring and leasing.
  • International banking; banking across borders.
  • Banking in the UK, Europe, North and South America, Asia, Australasia, the Middle East, Africa.
  • Instruments and markets: debt and futures markets; swaps and options; foreign exchange markets.
  • Central banking and regulation Monetary policy.


  • Capital and the financing of businesses, sources of capital, share issues.
  • Working capital, cash and funds flow; revenue, income, expenditure, overheads.
  • Business units: sole-proprietors, partnership firms, limited liability companies.
  • Board of Directors, formation, responsibilities and duties.
  • Business organisation; structure, reporting, spans of control.
  • Business environment, trading enterprises; factors in business location.
  • Planning and forecasting in business, the business plan; starting or taking over a business.
  • Budgeting and budgetary control, the master budget and sub-budgets.
  • Management of personnel: recruiting, selecting, inducting, training, controlling, remunerating.
  • Motivation, human resources; health and safety in the workplace, communication, job analysis.
  • Principles of selling, sales and marketing management, market research, sales promotion, pricing policy.
  • Office management, office organisation, set-up, equipment, data and information.
  • Production management, production methods, materials handling.
  • Credit, credit control, credit limits and bad debts; discounts: trade, quantity, others.
  • Stock and inventory control, stocktaking. Purchasing and resourcing, suppliers.
  • Financial accounting, books of account, interpretation, accounting ratios.


  • Nature and importance of capital investment decisions; resources involved.
  • Investment appraisal methods, accounting rate of return (ARR), return on capital employed (ROCE), payback period.
  • Net present value (NPV), risk in investment appraisal, calculating and using probabilities.
  • Impact of interest and inflation, premiums; considering wealth.
  • Investment in practice and reality, logical investors.
  • The cost of capital; review and control for capital expenditure projects, decision management, audit.
  • Short-term finance, gearing, factoring, discounting.
  • Sources of finance: internal, external, profits, credit control.
  • Long-term finance, the stock exchange, primary and secondary markets, stock listing.
  • Shares, share issues, debentures, small business finance, venture capital, funding, business angels, Government.
  • Managing working capital, definition, elements, scale of capital.
  • Managing stocks, stock ordering systems, MRQ, JIT, inventory models.
  • Budgeting for demand, financial ratios, debtor and credit control.
  • The working capital cycle; discounts, collection policies, settlement period.
  • Cash management and budgets, the cash cycle.
  • Policies for working capital control; balance, banking, overdrafts.


  • The evolution of management theory, principles of management.
  • The classical and early theorists; Fayol, Weber, Taylor, Mayo, scientific management, authority, discipline, modern developments.
  • Organisational theory: objectives, categories, ownership, environmental factors and interaction.
  • Open and closed systems theory.
  • Coordination, cooperation, structure, control.
  • Communication theory.
  • Organisational structures, planning, growth, development, organisation charts, systems diagrams.
  • Duties and responsibilities of executives, delegation, responsibility.
  • Mission, vision, values, MBWA.
  • Motivational theory: human relations, social psychology; self-realisation, motivation-hygiene, expectancy theory.
  • Argyis, Maslow, McGregor, Likert, Herzberg, Vroom, Handy; intrinsic and extrinsic factors.
  • Leadership theory: traits, style, contingency; theorists.
  • Building workgroups, group behaviour, norms, cohesiveness.
  • Managing change, culture, Moss Kanter, learning organisations, entrepreneurship.
  • Strategic management; Fayol, Chandler, Andrews, Ansoff, BCG, Porter, SWOT, barriers to entry, industrial competitiveness.
  • Corporate objectives, policies, business ethics, social responsibilities.
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