Principles of banking and finance

llsms2223  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Principles of banking and finance
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h
Dechaene Tom; Iania Leonardo; Olieslagers Ruben (compensates Iania Leonardo);
Main themes
This course addresses the issue of consumer social responsibility in achieving more sustainable consumption-production-patterns.
The issues covered will range from ethical critics of consumerism (e.g. the recent scandal of Amazon destroying massive amount of as-new returned items) to the diverse strategies set up to foster sustainable consumption:
  • buying fair-trade
  • buying green
  • zero waste
  • sharing
  • recycling, re-using
  • simplicity, sufficiency & de-growth
  • local food networks
  • slow movement
  • consumer activism
  • ...
Moreover, based on some non-ethical practices quite frequently observed in practice, we will discuss the growth of consumer activism as well as the design and implementation of a sustainable marketing approach.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

  • corporate citizenship (1.1, 1.2, 1.3)
  • knowledge and reasoning (2.2)
  • work effectively in an international and multicultural environment (3.1, 3.2, 3.3)
Upon completing this course, students will be able to:
- Evaluate the impact of corporate and consumer decisions on, society, and the natural environment,Identify and evaluate the different forms of consumption behaviors and their impact on sustainability,
-  Identify and activate the social and psychological motivators behind pro-sustainable behaviors,
-  Explore the use of social marketing to plan and implement behavioural changes in consumers towards a more sustainable lifestyle,
- Propose solutions to marketing challenges with ethical and sustainability implications relevant for marketing management.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
  • Portfolio theory
  • CAPM and consumption CAPM
  • Bloomberg Market Concepts ®
  • Advanced Finance Part 2 - Tutor Tom Dechaene - Introduction to banking :
    Aim and contents of this course : to understand a holistic picture of banks and be able to tell a good from a bad bank from the financials (e.g. financial ratios, credit risk, interest rate risk, balance sheet etc.)
Teaching methods
In-class lectures. Online forums. In class group work. Self-study at the Bloomberg terminals. Case study
Advanced Finance Part 2 - Tutor Tom Dechaene : Introduction to banking
Mix of in-class teaching, individual homework, group work and a presentation in the 3rd class.
Evaluation methods
For the exam session of January, we will use a continuous evaluation approach and  your grade will be composed of the following parts:
  • In class assignments
  • Bloomberg market concept test
  • Written test
For the exam session of June or September, your grade will be composed of the following parts:
  • Final exam
Advanced Finance Part 2 - Tutor Tom Dechaene : Introduction to banking
Mix of group work, possible bonusses and a short written exam (multiple choice) in January.
Percentage weighting : 50% based on individual contributions during presentations and Q&A in 3rd class, and 50% multiple choice exam with possibility of bonus on class participation.
Other information
Advanced Finance Part 2 - Tutor Tom Dechaene : Introduction to banking
Teaching material distributed in class :
  • hard copies of the lectures
  • hard copy of the balance sheet model
Online resources
Advanced Finance Part 2 - Tutor Tom Dechaene : Introductio to banking
  • deck of slides for the lectures
  • for the individual homework : excel spreadsheet of a general bank model
  • for the group work : excel spreadsheets for specific bank models
  • recordings of the lectures
  • problem sets
Class notes and scientific articles. Please check
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] : Business Engineering

Master [120] : Business Engineering

Master [120] in Management

Master [120] in Management