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If you study Information Management and Information Systems BSc at XJTLU you can choose from these options to study at the University of Liverpool on the XJTLU 2+2 programme.

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Financial Computing BSc (Hons): XJTLU 2+2 programme

Course details

Financial computing is at the very heart of the world’s global financial centres, from Wall Street to Chicago, London and Tokyo. This dynamic programme will develop your knowledge and skills in all aspects of financial services.

Course overview

Study Financial Computing at Liverpool and learn to understand the underlying technology that powers modern financial markets and the financial theory that steers them.

Bringing together finance, economics and computing, this programme will develop your understanding of financial services by developing your knowledge and practical skills of algorithms; financial accounting; designing, implementing and evaluating software systems to analyse stock portfolios and operating financial markets.

Taught in conjunction with the Management School, your studies will be guided by experts in both computer science and financial services. After covering core  elements in your first year, we subsequently give you the flexibility to tailor and focus your learning to your own interests or you can choose to maintain a balanced mixture of modules throughout your degree.

Course content and modules

Year two

In your first year at Liverpool, you will study a mix of modules related to computing, accounting, economics, finance and management but also have the opportunity to specialise in certain subject areas of your choice. You will take all the core modules, and select optional modules.

On the 2+2 programme, you'll study your third and fourth years at the University of Liverpool. These will be year two and year three of the University of Liverpool's programme of study.

Compulsory

Computer-Based Trading in Financial Markets (COMP226)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

CORPORATE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT FOR NON-SPECIALIST STUDENTS (ACFI213)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

The module aims to introduce students to the modern theory of finance and financial management. Theoretical concepts like the net present value, decision making under uncertainty, dividend valuation, bond pricing, portfolio theory, asset pricing, futures and options are introduced. In all cases numerical examples, using real market data, will be used to make theory come to life.

Database Development (COMP207)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module introduces students to the problems arising from databases, including concurrency in databases, information security considerations and how they are solved; the integration of heterogeneous sources of information and the use of semi-structured data; non-relational databases and the economic factors involved in their selection and to techniques for analysing large amounts of data, the security issues and commercial factors involved with them.

FINANCIAL REPORTING 1 (ACFI201)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module develops students’ knowledge from first year study by introducing more complex accounting standards which enables them to prepare complete single entity financial statements or extracts thereof. The module introduces accounting concepts and ethical issues and begins to develop students critical thinking in this area.

SECURITIES MARKETS (ECON241)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This module seeks to provide students with an understanding of the role of securities markets in the global economy. This will be achieved through a presentation of their basic mechanisms and technical features, an explanation of the valuation of certain financial assets and an assessment of the operational and allocative efficiency of the markets. The module will be delivered via weekly small group face to face sessions and through weekly online lectures delivered asynchronously. Students will be directed to various media resources relevant to their day to day following and awareness of the activities of the global financial markets.

Software Engineering I (COMP201)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module deals with the issues associated with the analysis, design, implementation and testing of significant computing systems (that is, systems that are too large to be designed and developed by a single person).

Optional

ACCOUNTING THEORY (ACFI202)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This module aims to increase students’ knowledge of financial accounting theory and its relevance to accounting practice. The module examines market for accounting information; processes and effects of regulating financial reporting; the incentives which drive managers’ choices of alternative accounting policies; unregulated financial reporting, capital markets’ response to accounting information; the critical perspectives of accounting and also considers a number of other important issues in financial reporting. Upon successful completion of this module, students should develop a good understanding of the role of financial accounting theory and its importance for accounting practice and reporting.

BUSINESS IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY (MKIB225)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

Business strategies and behaviour are part and parcel of dynamic interactions between a wide range of actors in the world economy. This module aims at producing the basic knowledge and skills for understanding that interaction, taking into consideration firms but clearly examining also other types of actors such as states, international organisations, labour and social movements. It does so by asking three sets of interrelated questions. Firstly, why do businesses internationalise their operations? What, and in relation to whom, can they gain from doing so? Secondly, how do transnational corporations operate across borders? How do these operations contribute to patterns of international development? Are these patterns smooth and harmonious (simple globalisation) or uneven? Thirdly, what is the current (and future) context in which transnational enterprise takes place? Recently, the 2007-09 global economic and financial crisis, the 4th Industrial Revolution, the climate change crisis and the global health crisis have transformed the dynamics of the world economy in a number of ways, and the module aims at enhancing knowledge of this new context of business. The module will also consider key phenomena ranging from the role of the BRIC economies in the future international economic order to gender. Throughout the module, we will consider political (power) and ethical issues, as they are fundamental to understanding the world economy, past, present and future.

Computer Aided Software Development (COMP285)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 2

This module covers the theory and practice of the application of tools to the software development lifecyle

Planning Your Career (COMP221)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 1

​This module aims to provide a more in depth experience of crucial employability skills needed to secure either a placement or a graduate job.

Scripting Languages (COMP284)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 2

COMP284 `Scripting Languages’ is one of several technical skills/employability skills modules offered in the second semester of the second year of study. It addresses both the demand by employers and the desire of students that students should encounter a range of programming languages during their studies and should be able to use these programming languages productively. Scripting languages have gained enormously in their popularity with the expansion and development of the world wide wide and world wide web technologies as they are now the predominant languages used in the development of web applications. The module will cover two scripting languages, namely, JavaScript and PHP. At the end of the module students should be able to develop applications, both web-based and computer-based, in them.

Your experience

Computer science is housed in a grade II listed building which has been extensively refurbished for 21st century needs and challenges and provides state-of-the art equipment and high-speed communication links. The Management School is home to a state-of-the-art Bloomberg Suite resembling a professional trading floor.

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Supporting your learning

From arrival to alumni, we’re with you all the way:

  • Careers and employability support, including help with career planning, understanding the job market and strengthening your networking skills
  • A dedicated student services team can help you get assistance with your studies, help with health and wellbeing, and access to financial advice
  • Confidential counselling and support to help students with personal problems affecting their studies and general wellbeing
  • Support for students with differing needs from the Disability Advice and Guidance team. They can identify and recommend appropriate support provisions for you.

An exciting place to study Computer Science

  • We teach in state-of-the-art PC and Mac laboratories running a variety of different operating systems, as well as iOS and Android tablets to encourage creativity and innovation within a stimulating environment in which to work and study.
  • The department offers a range of British Computer Society accredited degree courses that are continually updated to reflect new technologies and trends.
  • After five decades, the Department is still rapidly growing and evolving and remains at the forefront of computer science globally.
  • The department was one of the first in the University to be involved in the collaboration with Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University that has forged a strong international partnership for teaching and research between the two institutes.

What students say...

The “Academic+ Practicing” special model will help me to build a strong foundation in becoming a professional researcher. Most of the courses of financial computing combine theoretical knowledge and practical exercises.

Yixian Lu, BSc (Hons) Financial Computing