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BUU22550 Introduction to Finance

(5 ECTS credits)

Module Content/Outline:

The Finance function is a critical aspect of any organisation.  The success or failure of a firm may be influenced significantly by how it manages its finances.  It is therefore important for both managers and employees to understand the principals of financial management for firms operating in any industry. This course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of financial management. It focuses on analysing and evaluating financial products using various techniques. It covers several topics related to financial management such as debt policy, dividend policy, maximising corporate value and financial risk.  Throughout this module, students will become familiar with the basic concepts of corporate finance and financial language used within academic literature and the media.

Lecturer(s):

Dr. Martha O'Hagan Luff

Learning and Teaching Approach:

This module is structured around a series of lectures, tutorials and readings.  Students will be expected to prepare homework in advance of and to contribute to discussions in tutorials.   Lecture and tutorial attendance is strongly advised.  Attendance will be taken at tutorials.

Learning Outcomes:

Having completed this module, the student should be able to:

  • Understand the concept of financial management and its importance to organizations
  • Use basic financial mathematics and pricing techniques to value bonds, stocks and other risky assets
  • Appraise capital investments through the use of appropriate methods and techniques
  • Understand the relation between risk and return and the importance of managing this relation in corporate decision-making
  • Understand the basic elements of investment, financing, capital structure and dividend decision processes.

Recommended Texts/Key Reading:

The recommended textbook for this module is:
Brealey, R. Myers, S. and Marcus, A. (2015):  Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, McGraw-Hill, 8th Edition.
Any recent edition of this textbook will suffice.  Alternatively, the college library contains many other excellent textbooks on Corporate Finance which can be referred to for extra reading.  Additional readings will also be assigned throughout the course and will be posted on Blackboard.

Assessment:

Assessment for this course will be based as follows:
Online tests to be completed on Blackboard throughout the term – 30%
Final Examination x 1.5 Hours – 70%