95625 - Fundamentals of Banking

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  • Teacher Andi Duqi

  • Credits 6

  • SSD SECS-P/11

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English

  • Campus of Cesena

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Digital Transformation Management (cod. 5815)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale

  • Course Timetable from Oct 24, 2023 to Nov 23, 2023


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Decent work and economic growth Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Academic Year 2023/2024

Learning outcomes

The course is designed for students who want to increase their familiarity with finance, banks, financial intermediation, financial markets and financial instruments. At the end of the course, students have the basic skills to work within financial institutions, financial advisory firms and corporate finance department.

Course contents

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
1. Show the ability to understand the functioning of financial institutions, financial markets and instruments.
2. Evaluate the instruments which facilitate the transfer of wealth, e.g., stocks, bonds.
3. Explain how resources are efficiently transferred from those with a surplus to those with a deficit
4. Demonstrate the ability to understand the risks that modern financial institutions face in their daily activities.
5. Critically examine the ethical, legal and global issues in modern financial markets and intermediaries.

6. Understand the impact of technology on the financial sector, and how fintechs are revolutionizing the financial services industry.



Financial Markets and Institutions, by Mishkin, F., Eakins, S., 9th ed., 2018. Pearson.

Teaching methods

The course will be organized as frontal lextures. The lecturer will also organize seminaries where articles from the financial press will be analyzed in order to illustrate the concepts discussed in class previously.

Assessment methods

The assessment is performed by a series of assignments during the course (30% of the total mark) and a final written exam which will last 2 hours (70% of the total mark). The final exam will comprise a variety of questions, such as multiple choice, true/false and problem solving ones. Moreover, there could be an extract of an article from the financial press which has to be analyzed by the student. The passing grades for students are in the range 18-30 cum laude (30L). These grades are based on the following evaluation criteria:

18-23: The student has sufficient preparation and analytical skills, spread however, over just few topics taught in the course, the overall jargon is correct.
24-27: The student shows an adequate preparation at a technical level with some doubts over the topics. Good, yet not too articulated analytical skills with the use of a correct jargon.
28-30: Great knowledge about most of the topics taught in the course, good critical and analytical skills, good usage of the specific jargon.
30 cum laude (30L): Excellent and in depth knowledge of all the topics in the course, excellent critical and analytical skills, excellent usage of specific jargon.


Teaching tools

All teaching material will be posted on Virtuale. During part of the classes students could use Microsoft Excel or Word. The instructor will ask students to use accessible databases for Unibo students such as Orbis Bank Focus.

Office hours

See the website of Andi Duqi