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Postgraduate Course: Corporate Finance (Practical Elective) (LAWS11435)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits5 ECTS Credits2.5
SummaryThe course covers business entities (with a focus on listed companies); corporate governance; sources of finance; listed company announcement obligations; insider dealing and market abuse; funding structures and deal structures including MBOs; Initial Public Offerings and takeovers.
Course description This course aims to develop your awareness of practical legal, commercial and tax considerations relating to listed companies (including corporate governance, Initial Public Offerings and Takeovers); Management Buyouts and funding structures for private companies. There will be an emphasis on commercial awareness, current developments and topical issues and proposed changes in these areas.

The objective of the course is to enhance your legal skills and knowledge in this area of the law. It is also aims to enhance and consolidate your knowledge, understanding and personal reflection on the Law Society of Scotland's PEAT 1 Mandatory and Core Outcomes, which you have already experienced and shall continue to experience on the Diploma core courses.

In particular, by the end of the elective, you should be confident that you will be able to:

- demonstrate knowledge of the regulatory framework within which business is conducted;
- understand the key features of incorporated entities, their structure and purpose;
- show awareness of legal personality and business structures;
- understand loan finance;
- analyse and understand a set of company accounts;
- understand the basic dynamics of group work and act as a group member; and
- select strategies to conduct a negotiation.
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 Block 4 (Sem 2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 50 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 21, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Other Study Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 1, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 19 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) On average, students are expected to spend four hours a week completing independent study activities
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The Corporate Finance elective is assessed by continuous assessment. Students will receive a percentage mark for the whole course. «br /»
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50% is based on performance in workshops. 50% is based on two written assessments.
Feedback Feedback is provided to student in various forms. Students will receive verbal feedback from tutors on in-class presentations, general comments on class assignments when these are handed back in class and, in general, on class performance, mainly looking at the class as a whole. Students also receive specific written feedback on assignments, where necessary.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the regulatory framework within which business is conducted.
  2. Understand the key features of incorporated entities, their structure and purpose.
  3. Show awareness of legal personality and business structures.
  4. Understand loan finance. Analyse and understand a set of company accounts.
  5. Understand the basic dynamics of group work and act as a group member and select strategies to conduct a negotiation.
Reading List
Practical Law website:
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills All elective courses on the Diploma require students to develop the following skills:

Skills and abilities in Research and Enquiry
- problem solving
- analytical thinking
- critical thinking
- independent research
- the ability to handle complexity and ambiguity

Skills and abilities in Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
- ethics and social responsibility
- self-awareness and reflection
- independent learning and development
- creativity and inventive thinking
- decision making

Skills and abilities in Communication
- interpersonal skills
- verbal communication and presentation
- written communication
- influencing and negotiation skills

Skills and abilities in Personal Effectiveness
- planning, organising and time management
- commercial / professional / situational awareness
- team working
- assertiveness and confidence
- flexibility
Additional Class Delivery Information The course consists of four lectures and seven workshops. Each lecture lasts 1 hour. Each workshop lasts either 2 or 3 hours depending on whether there is a lecture in that given week.

Students will have a total of 3 contact hours each week through lectures and/or workshops.

Total of 21 contact hours.
KeywordsDiploma,Practical Elective,Corporate Finance
Course organiserMs Laura McBrien
Course secretaryMrs Charlie Evans
Tel: (01316) 515470
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