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FIN 3633 International Financial Management - RE-SIT EXAMINATION


FIN 3633 International Financial Management - RE-SIT EXAMINATION

Responsible for the course
Knut Sagmo

Department of Finance

According to study plan

ECTS Credits

Language of instruction

Within business school curriculums, probably no area is more influenced by world integration than the area of investments and finance. Global economic integration and the ever-increasing interdependence between countries create new opportunities as well as risks for domestic and international corporations. The international dimension extends the field of corporate finance into currency and interest rate topics based on deviations from theoretically well-founded and recognized parity relationships. To future business executives and leaders, the importance of understanding how these equilibrating forces work, can not be overstated.

Learning outcome
Acquired knowledge
Upon completion of the course, students are required to comprehend key concepts and analytics of international investments and finance such as;

  1. Interest and currency risk from a corporate perspective;
  2. Distinction between currency exposure and risk from a corporate as well as investor perspective;
  3. Political risk influencing corporations' required rates of return on foreign direct and indirect investments.

Acquired skills
Upon completion of the course, students are required to master tasks such as:
  • calculating parity-derived interest and currency rates between two countries for a given time-horizon
  • calculating deviations from established international parity relationships
  • estimating corporate economic consequences of, and exposures towards, interest rates and exchange rates deviating from international parity relationships
  • estimating required rates of return compensating for business, financial, as well as political risks for international corporations

Upon completion of the course, students are required to demonstrate attitudes compatible with appreciating international business. Such attitudes manifests themselves as behavior characterized by an understanding of the need to abide by international laws and regulations in all aspects of conducting business outside of national borders.

This course is based on skills from other courses from the Bachelor of Finance program, such as
Securities' Law, FIN 3512 Corporate Finance, FIN 3513 Mathematical Analysis, FIN 3516 Financial Management of Commercial Banks and FIN 3610 Financial Investment Analysis.

Compulsory reading
Shapiro, Alan C. 2014. International Financial Management. Wiley-Blackwell

Recommended reading
Eiteman, David K., Arthur I. Stonehill, Michael H. Moffett. 2012. Multinational business finance. 13th ed., Global ed. Pearson

Course outline
  1. International Economics and Finance
  2. Exchange Rate Theory
  3. Exchange Rate Risk and Exposure
  4. Exchange Rate Hedging
  5. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
  6. Financing the International Firm

Computer-based tools
Excel spreadsheets and and basic statistical software.

Learning process and workload
The course consists of 45 lecturing hours. Students are recommended to allocate studying hours as follows:

Recommended use of hours:
Activity Hours
Attendance in lectures
Independent reading/preparation for class
In-class work on home assignments
Mandatory three work assignments
Preparation for the final examination

Coursework requirements (not mandatory/possible for th re-sit examination)
During the course, three mandatory assignments are distributed electronically on Its Learning. The answers to the assignment-problems must be submitted electronically, also. Two out of the three assignments must be approved in order to sit for the final exam. In addition, we'll be solving four home assignments in class. The examination takes place by the end of the lectures series. Further administrative details are provided in class.

Feedback on the assignment problems is provided in two ways:

  1. It's learning sums up and automatically returns to students their overall score upon submission of the answers.
  2. A review of the assignment problems is given during the first class-meet following each assignment.

Coursework requirements

A five hour individual written examination concludes the course.
Examination code(s)
FIN 36331 Written examination counts 100% towards the final grade in FIN 3633 International Financial Management (7,5 ECTS credits).

Examination support materials
Interest tables and BI approved exam calculator. Examination support materials at written examinations are explained under examination information in the student portal @bi. Please note use of calculator and dictionary in the section on support materials (

Re-sit examination
This course was lectured for the last time spring 2016. Re-sit examiniatoin will be offered autumn 2016 and spring 2017.

Additional information