Bachelor’s Degree in Banking & Finance (BSBF)
College of Business & Finance

Core Competence

The BSBF program consists of 134 credits (45 courses) in which university requirements account for 24 credits, college requirements 24 credits and major courses 78 (of which six credits are elective with the major and the rest, 72 credits, are prescribed) in addition to 6 free electives. To complete the BSBF degree, the students registered for a research preparatory course (BFRM 498) and a final project (BANK/FINC 499) involving undertaking a major research project. The BSBF programme prepares students for careers in commercial and investment banking in particular and, in general, to become financial professionals in finance/treasury departments in corporations and governmental organisations. In the academic year 2009-2010 based on the market requirements and the feedback of the academic staff and students, the programme had been revised adding more quantitative coursework both college-wide (STAT 202) and adding niche required banking courses, like Islamic banking, programme-wide (BANK 330). Some new electives were introduced to cover “hot-topic” areas regionally (FINC 328 Real Estate Finance) and globally (FINC 427 Derivative Securities). In 2012-2013, the research component of all programmes including BSBF, was strengthened by the inclusion of a research methods course designed specifically for business research (BFRM 498) which became a prerequisite for all 499 undergraduate projects in business. In addition, a course on business ethics (ETHC 391) and Human Rights Principles (HUMR 101) were included in the curriculum of all undergraduate business programmes from term 2 of 2013-2014.

The programme of banking and Finance received confidence in its evaluation by the Quality Assurance Authority (Bahrain) in 2013-2014, and was successfully listed and approved by the National Qualification Framework (Bahrain) 2014-2015.

Aims:

The overall aim of the programme is to foster students’ knowledge and understanding in the field of Banking and Finance in a way that enhances their skills and competences when analysing and participating in interdisciplinary courses at a high academic level, within an international context that augment graduates with an extensive range of conceptual and practical skills in a professional and globalised contexts.

Objectives:

In order to achieve this overall aim, the BSBF programme is designed to achieve the following specific aims:

  • To develop students’ knowledge and critical understanding of theories, concepts and research findings relating to the multidisciplinary fields of banking and Finance
  • To develop students’ professional competence in analysing, understanding and managing interdisciplinary issues and in communicating effectively.
  • To augment students with a range of skills, values and creative abilities that is suitable for performing managerial roles effectively within the banking and financial services sectors.
  • To develop students’ research skills through instruction in research methods, opportunities to undertake individual and group research projects in the fields of banking and finance.
  • To prepare highly qualified and motivated students in our BSBF degree programme to become effective managers and leaders of financial institutions.
  • To develop students into responsible and socially aware business professionals or managers.
  • To prepare students to enter postgraduate study in banking and finance or related disciplines.
  • To develop students’ with specialised professional skills in selected areas of banking and finance according to their interests and career aspirations.

 

This program achieved full confidence by QQA

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Study Plan

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FIRST YEAR (32 CREDITS)

FIRST SEMESTER

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
ARAB 101COMPOSITION FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ARABIC IInfo303
ECON 101PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICSInfo303
ENGL 101ACADEMIC ENGLISH IInfo303(ENGL 052 & ENGL 055) or passing placement test
ITCS 101INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS & ITInfo223
MATH 103MATHEMATICS IInfo303MATH 053 or passing placement test
TOTAL PER SEMESTER14215

SECOND SEMESTER

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
ACCT 101ACCOUNTING IInfo303
ENGL 102ACADEMIC ENGLISH IIInfo303ENGL 101
ITCS 121COMPUTER PROGRAMMINGInfo223ITCS 101
MAGT 121FUNDAMENTALS OF MANAGEMENTInfo303
MATH 104MATHEMATICS IIInfo303MATH 103
HUMR 101HUMAN RIGHTS PRINCIPLESInfo202
TOTAL PER SEMESTER16217

SECOND YEAR (36 CREDITS)

FIRST SEMESTER

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
ECON 102PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICSInfo303
ENGL 201ACADEMIC ENGLISH IIIInfo303ENGL 102
FINC 211FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IInfo303ACCT 101
HIST 121MODERN HISTORY OF BAHRAINInfo303
ITMA 201MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMSInfo303MAGT 121
STAT 101INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICSInfo303MATH 053 or passing placement test
TOTAL PER SEMESTER18018

SECOND SEMESTER

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
ACCT 201ACCOUNTING IIInfo303ACCT 101
BANK 221BANK MANAGEMENT IInfo303ECON 102
ENGL 202ACADEMIC ENGLISH IVInfo303ENGL 201
HU/SS XXXHUMANITIES/ SOCIAL SCIENCESInfo303
MAKT 201PRINCIPLES OF MARKETINGInfo303MAGT 121
STAT 202BUSINESS STATISTICSInfo303STAT 101
TOTAL PER SEMESTER18018

THIRD YEAR (36 CREDITS)

FIRST SEMESTER

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
ACCT 311INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING IInfo303ACCT 201
BANK 302MONEY & BANKINGInfo303ECON 102
BANK 311BANK MANAGEMENT IIInfo303BANK 221
FINC 312FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IIInfo303FINC 211
ETHC 391ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE IN BUSINESSInfo303Completion of at least 66 credits
TOTAL PER SEMESTER15015

SECOND SEMESTER

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
BANK 321INTERNATIONAL BANKINGInfo303BANK 221
BANK 330ESSENTIALS OF ISLAMIC BANKINGInfo303BANK 221
FINC 322INTERNATIONAL FINANCEInfo303FINC 312
FINC 323INSURANCE AND REINSURANCEInfo303FINC 312
MAKT 320MARKETING OF FINANCIAL SERVICESInfo303MAKT 201
TOTAL PER SEMESTER15015

SUMMER

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
INTR 422*BSBF INTERNSHIPInfo006completions of at least 90 credit hours
TOTAL PER SEMESTER006

FOURTH YEAR (30 CREDITS)

FIRST SEMESTER

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
BANK 401CORPORATE BANKING LAW & PRACTICEInfo303ECON 301 or BANK 311
BANK 410CREDIT ANALYSIS AND LENDINGInfo223FINC 322
BFRM 498RESEARCH METHODS IN BUSINESS & FINANCEInfo303STAT 202 & Completion of at least 90 credits
FINC 421INVESTMENTInfo223FINC 312
XXXX XXXFREE ELECTIVEInfo303
TOTAL PER SEMESTER13415

SECOND SEMESTER

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
BANK/FINC 499PROJECT IN BANKING OR FINANCEInfo063BFRM 498 & ETHC391
ECON 420PUBLIC FINANCEInfo303ECON 102 & completion of at least 90 credits
FINC 430RISK MANAGEMENTInfo223BANK 410
FINC 431PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENTInfo303FINC 421
XXXX XXXFREE ELECTIVEInfo303
TOTAL PER SEMESTER11815
(*) Students are required to register for INTR 422. In cases where it is not possible to get an internship placement, the student is obliged to take two major elective courses in lieu.

ELECTIVE COURSES (in major)

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
FINC 427DERIVATIVES SECURITIESInfo223FINC 312
FINC 328REAL ESTATEInfo303FINC 211
FINC 327PERSONAL FINANCEInfo303FINC 211
FINC 428FINANCIAL FORECASTINGInfo223STAT 202
FINC 432ISLAMIC CAPITAL MARKET & INSTRUMENTSInfo303BANK 330
BANK 331ISLAMIC COMMERCIAL LAWInfo303
TOTAL PER SEMESTER16418

Employability

Career Opportunities

  • Financial Analysts
  • Financial Examiners
  • Personal Financial Advisors/Planner/Consultant
  • Financial Managers
  • Financial Services Sales Agent
  • Credit Authorisers
  • Auditors
  • Credit Analysts
  • Treasurer/Controllers
  • Bookkeepers
  • Tax Examiners
  • Tax Collectors
  • Actuaries
  • Economists
  • Loan Officers
  • Cost Estimators
  • Bankers
  • Budget Analyst
  • Underwriter
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Purchasing Agents/Buyers
  • Administrative Service Managers Real Estate Brokers and Agents
  • Insurance Sales Agents
  • Investment Broker
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Fast Facts

Qualification: Bachelors in Banking & Finance

Type: Undergraduate

Duration: 4 years

Qualification name: Banking & Finance

College: College of Business & Finance

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Teaching & Assessment

Teaching:

The department faculty diversifies their teaching styles to minimize the lecture-based approach and to push students to take initiative in and responsibility for their own learning.

The following teaching methods are widely practiced: Lectures, class discussions, in class problem sets, internship and guest speakers.

Assessment methods:

Students are assessed through a combination of examinations and assessed course work. Assessments, which are both formative and summative, may take the form of essays, project reports, portfolios, presentations,  group work, Problem sets, graded homework, , in lab exercises, Case studies, and exams (closed or open books).

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Fees

Bachelor’s Degree fees

The estimated duration for completion of a Bachelors Degree at Ahlia University is 4 years. This is structured around 134 credit-hours covering 45 courses.

The duration of study for each course is fifteen weeks, covering approximately 45 study hours.

Application Fee BD 20
Registration Fee BD 200
Placement Tests Fee (if applicable) BD 40
Orientation Courses (if applicable) BD 1,200
First Year Courses – 12 courses (BD 300 Per Course) BD 3,600
Second Year Courses – 11 courses (BD 330 Per Course) BD 3,630
Third Year Courses – 11 courses (BD 360 Per Course) BD 3,960
Fourth Year Courses – 11 courses (BD 390 Per Course) BD 4,290
TOTAL BD 16,940

Please note that the fees listed above do not include the cost of text books required to complete the program.

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