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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 2023/24, 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) 60% Written Exam (Individual) - Assesses all course Learning Outcomes

40% Report (Individual) - Assesses course Learning Outcomes 2,3
Feedback Formative: Feedback is provided throughout the course.

Summative: Feedback will be provided on the assessments within agreed deadlines.
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
Principles of Corporate Finance ISE Paperback by Brealey, Myers, Allen and Edmans.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Autonomy, Accountability and Working with Others

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Understand oneself and others, through critical reflection, diversity awareness and empathic development, in order to maximise individual and collective resilience, and personal and professional potential.

Communication, ICT, and Numeracy Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Critically evaluate and present digital and other sources, research methods, data and information; discern their limitations, accuracy, validity, reliability and suitability; and apply responsibly in a wide variety of organisational contexts.

Knowledge and Understanding

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of contemporary organisational disciplines; comprehend the role of business within the contemporary world; and critically evaluate and synthesise primary
and secondary research and sources of evidence in order to make, and present, well informed and transparent organisation-related decisions, which have a positive global impact.
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Course organiserDr Chao Yin
Course secretaryMr Ewan Henderson
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