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MANG2015 Financial Management

Module Overview

This module provides a deep insight in some key theories and topics in Financial Management. The module looks at how firms and corporation manage financial investment and decisions in the long term and short term. The module will discuss topics ranging from how firms evaluate financial performance, decision regarding investment in capital, how firms decide in dividend policy.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • the role and function(s) of financial managers of firms, the important features of the main types of business, the main differences between debt and equity, and the role of financial assets and markets;
  • the rules used to make optimal investment decisions;
  • the theoretical aspects of financial management, capital structure and dividend policy;
  • short and long‐term financing, investment, corporate restructuring and valuation decisions;
  • the organisational structures available within the economy and their relationship to the market for corporate control.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • enhance your critical ability and apply various theoretical concepts to problem solving;
  • strengthen your quantitative skills;
  • critically evaluate the existing literature and other available sources;
  • examine the financial strategy and structure of firms.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • enhance critical analysis and adopt appropriate methods with respect to specific issues of corporate financial management and problem solving;
  • examine the financial strategy and structure of firms.


• Introduction to corporate financial management including the role and purpose of financial management; corporate objectives; time value of money. • Net Present Value and other criteria. Investment and financing decisions. • Working capital management, including costs and benefits of holding additional inventory and cash • Theory of capital structure, including bankruptcy and agency costs. Cost of equity and debt. Weighted average cost of capital. Effect of gearing on risk and return on equity capital, and on cost of capital and firm value. • Long-term financing, including the mechanics of raising capital through issuing equity and debt • Dividend policy including the dividend irrelevance argument and the signalling hypothesis.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • lectures • weekly classes • including reading • use of websites • solving computational problems.

Wider reading or practice20
Completion of assessment task20
Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Follow-up work10
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Brealey, Myers and Marcus. Fundamentals of Corporate Finance. 



In-class activities


MethodPercentage contribution
Written assessment 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Written assessment 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Written assessment 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Prerequisites: (MANG1007 or MANG1019 or ECON1005 or ECON1008) and (ECON1001 or ECON1003 or ECON1009) or (MANG1020 and MANG1021)


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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