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Postgraduate Course: Finance (CMSE11598)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis MBA course is intended to provide a foundation in financial decision making - and an understanding of the techniques of financial analysis. It introduces the key elements of financial management and provides an outline of how to carry out financial evaluations of business decisions.
Course description Academic description

The course is intended to introduce some of the fundamental concepts underlying finance theory and to outline the role of the finance function within an enterprise. The course covers both descriptive material on financial markets, institutions and instruments, and analytical material on the assessment of projects and the valuation of securities.

Outline content

Introduction to Finance

Time value of money and bond valuation

Valuing shares

Investment appraisal techniques

Investment appraisal using DCF

Risk, return and the WACC

Capital Structure

Payout Policy

Student learning experience
Pre-recorded lectures and online tutorials are supported via independent directed reading.
Detailed guidance and exercises provided to support students in understanding and practising financial evaluations.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 16, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Online Activities 10, Summative Assessment Hours 30, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 34 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Individual
Feedback Formative
A minimum of one piece of formative feedback will be provided per course. This may be offered asynchronously via discussion boards and emails, and synchronously in tutorials.

Feedback on assignments will be provided within 15 working days of submission. Summative marks will be returned on a published timetable, which will have been made clear to students at the start of the academic year.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and critically discuss the functions and aims of financial management and the nature of financial decision-making within the organisation.
  2. Understand and critically discuss some of the main techniques of financial analysis on which finance practice depends.
  3. Understand and critically discuss the role of capital markets and how debt and equity are valued in financial markets.
  4. Understand and critically discuss the criteria used to evaluate investments or capital projects.
  5. Understand and critically discuss how risk affects project evaluation and apply the financial approach to evaluate decisions with uncertain outcomes.
Reading List
Brealey, R.A., Myers, S.C. and Marcus, A.J., Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, 10th edition, McGraw-Hill, 2020
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills C1 Meaningful Interpersonal Interaction
C2 Effective Emotional Intelligence
C3 Authentic Leadership
C4 Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Business Behaviour
C5 Appropriate Communication
C6 Understand and Make Effective Use of Data
C7 Creative and Entrepreneurial Practice
C8 Personal and Professional Competence
C9 Academic Excellence
C10 Intellectual Curiosity
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Peter Moles
Tel: (0131 6)50 3795
Course secretaryMs Sarah Yaxley
Tel: (0131 6)50 3475
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