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International Finance (BA192IU)


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Lecturer: Dr. Ho, Diep, PhD [email protected] (Tel. 0946 317 379, Room A1.305)

Teaching Assistant: Mr Tran Duy Khiem

Should the students wish to meet the staff outside the consultation hours, they are advised to make appointment in advance. 

Course Aims:
International Economics
The learning system in this course consists of lectures and scheduled presentations/discussion

Reuteurs Entrepreneurship and SME Feed

s. Lectures elaborate the appropriate theoretical content in the textbook and readings. Classes provide a more detailed and refined analysis of both concepts and applied materials. Classes are strongly oriented towards interactive discussion of the text and cases. In order to gain the most from the lectures and class activities, the assigned text/reading should be read before the lecture to participate in the di

From the second week, the students will need to form small discussion groups (3-4 students/group) which will take turns in presenting the assigned cases each week. However, all students are required to take active part in the discussions in class. Look at articles and clippings from business sections of relevant electronic and print media which are relevant to the presentation topic. The students should explain how the material relates to the theory discussed in the text. Discuss with group members as to the common strategy for sourcing, documenting, analyzing and presenting cases each week - for which a basic minimum interaction will be necessary. For the audience, it is important that they contribute to the case by getting additional information carefully beforehand so that they are fully familiar with the materials, and are prepared to participate in the discussions.

Prerequisite course:

Units of Credit:
This course is worth 3 credits. 

Teaching times and Locations:
Lecture time:  Monday 13:00-16:00
Venue:  L103

Academic Integrity:
Integrity is critical to the learning process and to all that we do here at HCMIU. A student’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Regular and punctual attendance at lectures and seminars is expected in this course. University regulations indicate that if students attend less than eighty per cent of scheduled classes they may be refused final assessment. Exemptions may only be made on medical grounds. 

While we do not penalise occasional tardiness, a pattern of repeated unexplained late arrivals and non-attendance shall negatively impact the student's class participation grade. Understandably, job search or other obligations may occasionally conflict with class.  It is each student’s responsibility to find out from his/her classmates what has been missed during the absence.

Homework and other assignments are expected to be completed on time. Late Assignments will not be accepted unless due to documented serious illness or family emergency.

All electronic devices must be turned off prior to the start of each class meeting.

Laptops, tablets, ipad, cell phones, smartphones and other electronic devices are a disturbance to both students and the lecturers.

You need a calculator for this class. A scientific calculator is good enough; you do not need to buy a financial one. As a rule, you will use spreadsheets for homework assignments, and the calculator for the simple examples in class, and, most importantly, for the exams. It is a very bad idea to wait for the last week before buying a calculator.

Study Groups:
It is highly encourage that you regularly review the readings and class notes in a study group. Don’t wait until exam week to set up such a study group. By then it’s too late. You are encouraged to work on the problem sets with your study group, but you must hand in your own answers for individual tasks.

Assessment Details:
The final grade is computed as follows:
Mid-Term Exam                              30%
Written Assignment / Quizz            30%
No Final Exam                               40%
Total                                             100%

Exam shall be semi-open-book.

In addition, since I wish to emphasize practical skills, students shall complete an assignment that use actual data--and to reflect how most companies conduct business, students shall form groups to handle these assignments.  Groups shall comprise three to five students – no less, no more. In addition, all group members shall score their team mates on how well they have contributed to the assignment (see "Peer Group Participation Form.doc" in the file cabinet section).

Class participation is important and will be explicitly rewarded (10% of the total grade). Effectively, the class participation grade may change a grade near a cutoff.  While we do not penalise occasional tardiness, a pattern of repeated unexplained late arrivals and non-attendance shall negatively impact the class participation grade.  Understandably, job search or other obligations may occasionally conflict with class.  It is each student’s responsibility to find out from his/her classmates what has been missed during the absence.

Main Textbook: 
  1. Krugman and Obstfeld. International Economics: Theory and Policy, 7th/8th/9th ed. 

  1. Madura J. (2012), International Corporate Finance, 11th edition, South-Western, Cengage Learning.
  2. Geert Bekaert and Robert Hodrick (2012), International Financial Management, 2nd edition, Pearson Education, Inc., publishing as Prentice Hall.
  3. Cheol S. Eun and Bruce G. Resnick (2012, International Financial Management, 6th edition, McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings, LLC. 
Course Outline:

1. National income accounting and the balance of payments
KO, Chapter 13
2. Exchange rates and the foreign exchange market: an asset market approach
KO, Chapter 14

3. Money, interest rates, and exchange rates
KO, Chapter 15

4. Price levels and the exchange rate in the long-run
KO, Chapter 16

5. Output and the exchange rate in the short-run
KO, Chapter 17

6. Midterm exam

7. Fixed exchange rates and foreign exchange intervention
KO, Chapter, 18

8. International monetary systems: An historical overview
KO, Chapter 19

9. Optimum currency areas and the European experience
KO, Chapter 20

10. Financial globalization: opportunities and crisis
KO, Chapter 21

11. Developing countries: growth, crisis, and reform
KO, Chapter 22