Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Finance is everywhere in daily life. We make financial decisions about what to study, where to work, where to live, and how to consume, save, borrow, invest, and insure. This course helps you navigate these decisions by providing the tools necessary for you to become financially literate. This understanding will help you to take ownership of your personal finances and achieve your life goals.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 08.05.2024 - 07.06.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Samuli Knüpfer, Andrew Conlin

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Ownership, financial markets, time value of money, borrowing, saving, investing, inflation, mortgages, retirement, taxes, risk
    and return, decision-making biases, financial advice

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Exam 70%, Assignments 30%

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lecture preparation:
    Classroom hours: 24 h
    Class preparation: 52 h
    Assignments: 52 h
    Exam preparation: 30 h
    Exam: 3h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    See course syllabus.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    1 No Poverty

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    4 Quality Education

    5 Gender Equality

    10 Reduced Inequality

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period:
    2023-2024 Spring V
    2023-2025 Spring V

    Enrollment: Elective course in Minor in Finance. A maximum of 400 students can be accepted to the course. BIZ degree and exchange students are prioritized to the course. Not open for first year students at the Bachelor’s programme in Business (Kauppatieteiden kandidaattiohjelma).