LEARNING OUTCOMES MASTER OF FINANCE (MOF)
1. Dublin Descriptors
For the Master of Finance the Dublin Descriptors are defined as follows:
D1. Knowledge and understanding
All courses aim at a consolidation and an extension of the knowledge participants have concerning finance. In order to achieve this goal, standard text books are being followed in the courses as reference material. Specialization is realized through reading lists compiled from ‘classics’ in their fields. Knowledge is acquired through various pedagogical streams: classes, exercises, cases, presentations, research papers … and is mainly tested on an individual basis.
As such we achieve learning objectives L1, L2, L3, L5, L6 and L7.
D2. Applying knowledge and understanding
Implementation of the theories studies is core to the program. We even provide a complete course on how to implement financial models using excel and another course that teaches the participants how to use GRETL to perform econometrics. Applying the theoretical framework is achieved through cases, papers and the master project. Some exams explicitly test for the sophistication of the applications developed by the participants.
As such we achieve learning objectives L1, L3, L4, L6 and L7.
D3. Making judgments
Each research design requires participants to make decisions about the justification of data selection, research methods, ways of reporting, … Each paper has to be read critically and discussed in order to defend the choices they make.
As such we achieve learning objectives L1, L3, L4 and L7.
Communication skills are enhanced through initiatives of the Leadership and Career Development Track, complemented with on the job training. Both verbal and written communications, as well as presentation skills are stimulated. Relevant learning objectives: L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, L7. D5. Learning skills The ultimate goal of this Master program is to train participants to learn how to read professional/academic finance literature independently and how to implement the models themselves as independent consultants/researchers. As such a lot of applications are asked that invoke self-learning skills.
Learning objectives L1, L2, L3, L4, L5 and L7 are demonstrated here.
2. Learning Objectives
The Master of Finance aims to provide the participants with a thorough theoretical understanding of financial management concepts and the ability to apply these in practice. The following learning objectives (L) and qualifications can be determined:
L1. Interactive teaching in a relatively small group. Participants implement all the models studied in class;
L2. Participants have to read a challenging reading list and have to present these papers to their colleagues;
L3. Cases have to be solved in small groups. Mostly they are assigned to groups by the lecturer in order to stimulate intercultural contacts.
L4. Papers have to be written and presented in order to enhance their reporting, presentation and discussion skills;
L5. Critical discussions of papers and presentations have to be given;
L6. Exams are individual in order to test the individual knowledge and problem solving capacities of the students;
L7. The master project is stimulated to be performed in cooperation with a company in order to let the participants experience the relevance of the theoretical background they obtained during the year.