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Postgraduate Course: Equity Valuation (CMSE11470)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe course aims to prepare students to analyse the financial performance of firms, to assess their prospects and to estimate their valuation. The course is structured primarily from the point of view of investors and analysts, rather than from a company perspective.
Course description The course will prepare participants to analyse the financial performance of corporations from around the world, and to show the links between accounting statements, valuation methods and investment analysis. Participants will be comfortable reading financial statements, calculating and understanding accounting ratios, extracting accounting information to make forecasts and valuations. Participants will also gain an understanding of the limitations of financial statements and methods for evaluating the quality of these statements.

Outline Content

Topics covered in this course include the valuation process and models, industry analysis and forecasting, accounting analysis, the market valuation of firms and their corporate governance arrangements.

Student Learning Experience

Learning will be through developing an intellectual understanding of value creation and the practical skills required to evaluate that. Students will be required to study theoretical models and evidence. The course will try to develop students' interest in the subject and accustom them to monitoring current developments in order to facilitate continued learning after the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Financial Markets and Investment (CMSE11170) OR Foundations of Finance Theory (CMSE11081)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 4 (Sem 2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 88 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework (Individual) - Assesses all course Learning Outcomes
Feedback Formative feedback: Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Summative: Feedback will be provided on the assessment within agreed deadlines.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and critically discuss concepts of: analysis and analysts; strategy and valuation; and analysing accounting.
  2. Understand and apply skills in practical financial analysis to: financial analysis, forecasting, valuation models and valuation practice.
  3. Understand and apply financial analysis to advanced topics of analysing debt, corporate restructuring, capital structure and analysing governance.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 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.

Cognitive Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Be self-motivated; curious; show initiative; set, achieve and surpass goals; as well as demonstrating adaptability, capable of handling complexity and ambiguity, with a willingness to learn; as well as being able to demonstrate the use digital and other tools to carry out tasks effectively, productively, and with attention to quality.

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.

Identify, define and analyse theoretical and applied business and management problems, and develop approaches, informed by an understanding of appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative techniques, to explore and solve them responsibly.
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Course organiserDr Ronan Gallagher
Tel: (0131 6)50 8075
Course secretaryMiss Jen Wood
Tel: (0131 6)50 8335
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