Bachelor's degree in Business Administration (Verona)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Financial markets and Institutions

Course code
Name of lecturers
Giuliana Borello, Veronica De Crescenzo
Giuliana Borello
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
First semester bachelor degree dal Sep 16, 2019 al Jan 10, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course will be held in ITALIAN language. The course provides a fundamental knowledge of Financial intermediation. The aim of the course is to provide students with both basic but fundamental concepts and methodologies useful to examine and interpret the role and the dynamics of the financial system. During the course, the structure of the financial system, the technical features of financial instruments and the regulatory context will be investigated, ensuring specific attention to the different functions performed by financial institutions and financial markets and their role within the broader economic system. At the end of the course, students will have deepened the financial dimension of the economic system and will be supposed to autonomously evaluate the dynamics of financial institutions


1. Structure and functions of the financial system
2. Financial instruments: bonds, stocks and derivatives
3. Financial markets: functions and operating modes
4. Financial institutions: banks, securities financial institutions and insurance companies

Teaching methods: Lectures and experts’ insights on specific topics, when needed. During the course, students might be asked to deliver project works to further explore specific topics.
Teachers will be available during office hours all year long. Further information will be available on the e-learning page of the course as soon as lessons begin.

COURSE-PACK, Economia degli Intermediari Finanziari, Università degli Studi di Verona, Isedi, 2018.
The Course-Pack is available at Libreria Cortina in Verona - via dell'Artigliere, as hardcopy, or on the website of the editor:

Further readings on specific topics will be made available on the e-learning page for the course. Textbooks and further readings are consistent with the syllabus.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Course-Pack Economia degli Intermediari Finanziari ISEDI 2020

Assessment methods and criteria

The learning assessment method is written.
The final assessment consists of 10 multiple-choice questions and two open questions. The multiple-choice questions aim at ascertaining the acquisition of fundamental basic concepts and therefore, it is necessary to correctly answer at least 6 out of 10 questions to access a positive evaluation of the entire test.
The two open questions aim at assessing the degree of in-depth analysis of the topics and assessing the capacity for critical analysis. The questions are theoretical questions and / or exercises, which need a comment in order to demonstrate an understanding of the topic. The ability to logically structure the response and mastery of the technical language of the discipline will also be evaluated.

Students have the opportunity to take the mid-term exam, structured in the same way as the final assessment. The grade obtained in the mid-term exam has a weight equal to 50% in the overall evaluation.
Part of the program evaluated in the mid-term exam: Part I (chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10) of COURSE-PACK, Economics of Financial Intermediaries, University of Verona, Isedi, 2018.
Students who have passed the mid-term exam will be able to complete the assessment by taking the second partial exam, which will focus on the remaining part of the program. The outcome of the mid-term exam will be valid for the two exam sessions immediately following the conclusion of the course. In the event of a negative result in the first session, it will be possible to take the final exam in the second session but on the overall program.

Students who have not taken or passed the first mid-term exam will take the exam on the overall program.

To take the assessment, the registration is required through the ESSE3 application, in compliance with the scheduled deadlines. Requests from non-enrolled students will not be taken into consideration.

The examination procedures do not differ between attending and non-attending students.

Further information can be found on the e-learning website of the course starting from the first day of classes.

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