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Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Corporate Finance (BUST08030)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course aims to develop a student's understanding of the key principles of finance with a focus on corporate finance. It builds, extends and develops on the course content of Introduction to Financial Markets (BUST08029), which is the pre-requisite course.
Course description Introduction to Corporate Finance is designed to provide students with a fundamental knowledge and understanding of corporate finance including an understanding of some of the key analysis tools used within the subject. The course has a quantitative slant and is designed to give a theoretical introduction to corporate finance decisions and policies. As such, the course covers some key aspects of corporate finance principles and theory. These include key corporate finance topics such as the financial evaluation of investment decisions (capital budgeting), the cost of capital, how firms raise finance and the sources of finance, the capital structure decision and the dividend policy.

Student Learning Experience

Students on this course learn the course material in several ways: by preparing for classes and tutorials by reading the relevant materials, including videos and working through the linked tutorial problems; by attending the two classes each week and the tutorial; using the self-assessments on Learn. Students have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the subject through the individual and group assignments.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Introduction to Financial Markets (BUST08029)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Principles of Finance (BUST08003)
Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 18, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 8, Summative Assessment Hours 0.16, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1. 40% individual assignment
2. 60% online - exam

The assignment is an individual piece of analytical work and report that requires students students to apply LO2 and LO3 in their analysis and writing up. LO1 is not tested as the assignment is of a "world orientated" practical application nature. (It is implicit in the background but is not formally assessed.)

The end of course exam cover all learning outcomes.
Feedback Feedback to students on the course will take three forms. For every topic, students will be provided with a formative test in the VLE that, by taking it, will allow students to "calibrate" their learning on that element of the content against outcome expectations.

Students will be given the opportunity to submit for formative assessment review a short report (pilot) prior to undertaking the individual assignment for which feedback will be provided.

Feedback will be provided on the assignment and the exam as part of the grading process, ann posted on Learn.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe and discuss the key aspects of corporate finance theory.
  2. Discuss critically the contribution of finance theory to financial practice.
  3. Understand and apply some of the key analysis tools used within corporate finance.
Reading List
The main textbook will be Corporate Finance (Global Edition) by Jonathan Berk and Peter DeMarzo (B&D).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Cognitive Skills

On completion of the course, students should be able:
a) to demonstrate that they can work in a tutorial group to analyse a financial problem using concepts covered in the lectures
b) to demonstrate that they can solve simple problems in finance

Key Skills

On completion of the course, students should:
a) have been encouraged to develop their written skills through the coursework assignment
b) be able to demonstrate an ability to solve numerical problems through tutorials and the degree examination
c) be able to communicate effectively in a tutorial group.

Subject-Specific Skills

On completion of the course, students should:
a) be aware of the techniques and insights relevant to company financial decisions.
b) be aware of the uses and limitations of these techniques and insights.
Additional Class Delivery Information 1 online workshop per week, starting Week 1
1 x 1h tutorial per week, starting Week 3
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Chao Yin
Course secretaryMiss Aoife McDonald
Tel: (0131 6)50 8074
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