The University of Southampton

MANG6023 Corporate Finance 2

Module Overview

This module covers topics such as investment appraisal, evaluation of corporate investment, M&As, corporate governance issues in both theoretical and empirical aspects, and thus provides the knowledge which may be required for managers. The materials may be extended by including new findings in the research literature and students can get more up-to-date knowledge in the corporate finance area.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module aims to enhance your understanding of several key issues in corporate finance.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • demonstrate a rigorous understanding of key concepts in investment appraisal, managing foreign exchange exposure, corporate governance, managerial compensation and the market for corporate control.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate teamwork skills in analysing a contemporary issue
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate qualitative and quantitative skills in evaluating alternative investments


Investment Appraisal • The capital budgeting process. Methods of investment appraisal. Identification of • relevant cash flows. Net present value. Discount rate. Internal rate of return. • Capital rationing. Real options. International investment decisions Managing Foreign Exchange Exposure • Foreign exchange exposure and the euro. Hedging and the value of the firm. Types • of foreign exchange exposure and methods of management. Transaction exposure. • Accounting exposure. Operating exposure Corporate Governance • Corporate governance systems. Separation of ownership and control. Agency problems Managerial Compensation • Compensation systems. Types of incentive structure. Executive share options • Mergers and Acquisitions • The market for corporate control

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module will involve 24 contact hours over a six-week period. Lectures are used to introduce and develop knowledge of individual topics. Lectures may involve formal lecture using OHP, case studies, with the remaining time being devoted to class exercises.

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Haugen, R. A. (2001). Modern Investment Theory. 

Bailey, R. E (2005). The Economics of Financial Markets. 

Brealey, R.A. & Myers, S.C (2011). Principles of Corporate Finance. 

Broyles, J. (2003). Financial Management and Real Options. 

Brigham, E. F. and M. C. Ehrhardt (2005). Financial Management: Theory and Practice. 

Berk, J. and P. DeMarzo (2007). Corporate Finance. 

Hull, John C. (2009). Options, Futures and Other Derivatives. 

Cuthbertson, K. and D. Nitzsche (2004). Quantitative Financial Economics: Stocks, Bonds and Foreign Exchange. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 70%
Group Assignment  (3000 words) 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%
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