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ECON6015 Finance

Module Overview

To equip students with the fundamental concepts and tools underlying corporate finance. It provides students with a deeper understanding of the financial decisions faced by corporations, and to investigate how these decisions can enhance or destroy firm value.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module aims to equip students with the fundamental concepts and tools underlying corporate finance. It provides students with a deeper understanding of the financial decisions faced by corporations, and to investigate how these decisions can enhance or destroy firm value.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Acquire an understanding of corporate financial objectives, the dimensions of corporate financial decision making.
  • Understand why financing decisions fundamentally determine t he value and cost of capital of the firm.
  • Understand how the presence of real - life distortions affect the financing decisions of firms.
  • Comprehend how decisions of firms affect shareholders and investors.
  • Study how informational issues distort financing decisions.

Syllabus

Part I. Introduction to Risk and measures of Risk. Part II. Capital Structure (Financing and project valuation) • The Modigliani-Miller Propositions • Capital Structure and Dividend Policy: failures of the Modigliani-Miller propositions • Corporate Finance Under Asymmetric Information Part III. Payout Policy (Time Permitting) • The Modigliani-Miller Propositions revisited • Payout policy theories and the presence of distortions • Signalling

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Independent Study80
Teaching20
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

Principles of Corporate Finance. 

Other course information available via Blackboard “Lecture notes” available on Blackboard. 

The theory of Corporate Finance. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

90% (two-hour) final examination and 10% coursework (1 piece x10% each) at the end of Semester 2.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 10%
Exam  (2 hours) 90%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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