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Unit of study_

BANK6005: International Banking

Semester 2, 2020 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

The major focus of this unit is providing students with an understanding of international banking and finance in the contemporary international financial environment. Due to the dynamic nature of the international banking environment, it is necessary to develop skills to effectively identify and understand the effects of current developments. Firstly, the international banking functions are presented; followed by international trade financing, participation in the interbank foreign exchange and Euro currency markets, international investment banking services, and sovereign lending. Other important topics include international money laundering, international banking and debt crises, and offshore banking markets.

Unit details and rules

Unit code BANK6005
Academic unit Finance
Credit points 6
Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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FINC5001
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff

Coordinator Suk-Joong Kim, sukjoong.kim@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Record+) Type B final exam Final exam
Written exam with MCQ
40% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
In-semester test (Record+) Type B in-semester exam Mid-semester exam
Written exam with MCQ
40% Week 08
Due date: 24 Oct 2020 at 18:00
2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Assignment Research project
Written task
20% Week 12 10 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Type B final exam = Type B final exam ?
Type B in-semester exam = Type B in-semester exam ?

Assessment summary

  • Mid-semester exam: The closed book exam will cover topics 1-3 and their tutorial materials. It will be composed of multiple-choice and long answer questions. The exam will assess the extent to which students have understood the lecture materials via multiple choice and long answer style questions. In addition, students will be assessed on how they relate lecture materials to contemporary developments in international financial markets via long essay style questions that are open-ended in nature.
  • Final exam: It is a closed-book exam covering the topics not covered in the mid-semester exam. The exam will assess the extent to which students have understood the lecture materials via multiple choice and long answer style questions. In addition, students will be assessed on how they relate lecture materials to contemporary developments in international financial markets via long essay style questions that are open-ended in nature.
  • Research assignment: Students are required to conduct independent research into one of the topics related to International Banking.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 

Distinction

75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.

Credit

65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.

Pass

50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to BANK6005 Topic 1 - Overview of International Banking – Part 1 Online class (2 hr)  
Tutorial 1 - Topic 1A Online class (1 hr)  
Week 02 Topic 1 - Overview of International Banking – Part 2 Online class (2 hr)  
Tutorial 2 - Topic 1B Online class (1 hr)  
Week 03 Topic 2 - Competitive Strategies in International Banking Online class (2 hr)  
Tutorial 3 - Topic 2 Online class (1 hr)  
Week 04 Topic 3 - International Banking Crises – Part 1 Online class (2 hr)  
Tutorial 4 - Topic 3A Online class (1 hr)  
Week 05 Topic 3 - International Banking Crises – Part 2 Online class (2 hr)  
Tutorial 5 - Topic 3B Online class (1 hr)  
Week 06 Topic 4 - Euro Currency Markets Online class (2 hr)  
Tutorial 6 - Topic 4 Online class (1 hr)  
Week 07 Mid Term Review Online class (2 hr)  
Tutorial 7 - Mid term exam Q&A Online class (1 hr)  
Week 08 Topic 5 - International Loan Syndication Online class (2 hr)  
Tutorial 8 - Topic 5 Online class (1 hr)  
Week 09 Topic 6 - Sovereign Lending and Country Risk - Part 1&2 Online class (2 hr)  
Tutorial 9 - Topic 6AB Online class (1 hr)  
Week 10 Topic 6 - Sovereign Lending and Country Risk - Part 3 Online class (2 hr)  
Tutorial 10 - Topic 6C Online class (1 hr)  
Week 11 Topic 7 - Secret Money and International Banks Online class (2 hr)  
Tutorial 11 - Topic 7 Online class (1 hr)  
Week 12 Topic 8 - Role of foreign banks in emerging markets & Final Exam Review Online class (2 hr)  
Tutorial 12 - Topic 8 Online class (1 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Lecture recordings: All lectures and seminars are recorded and will be available on Canvas for student use. Please note the Business School does not own the system and cannot guarantee that the system will operate or that every class will be recorded. Students should ensure they attend and participate in all classes.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. explain the trends of and factors behind the current and past international financial market developments relevant for international commercial and investment banks
  • LO2. identify and explain the (policy) implications of current financial market developments in relation to international banks' strategic positioning
  • LO3. apply the experience of an independent research performed as a requirement of a project to conduct further research in a topic related to international banking.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

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