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MN20026: Principles of finance

[Page last updated: 20 April 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: School of Management
Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Period:
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: In taking this module you cannot take ES20070 OR take MN20502 OR take MN20600
Before taking this module you must take MN10311 OR take MN10669
Aims: This module introduces students to the principal tools of economic analysis used in financial decision making. It introduces students to the key principles of discounted cash flows, theories of asset pricing, valuation of alternative financial instruments, and will provide students with a critical understanding of portfolio diversification and the methods of valuation.

Learning Outcomes: At the end of this module students will be able to:
1. understand the theoretical basis of the time value of money and the calculation of present values
2. construct a diversified portfolio
3. critically evaluate the theory of efficient markets
4. value equity and fixed-income financial instruments
5. differentiate between different types of options
6. understand the principles of futures and forward contracts

Skills: Numerical facility with accounting and financial data, and identification/conversion to relevant economic data for decision-making.

Content: Extensions & applications of present value model, optimality of NPV rule; security valuation: equities and bonds; risk, return and cost of capital; portfolio theory and diversification; asset pricing & CAPM; stock market efficiency; options; forwards and futures contracts.

Programme availability:
NB. Postgraduate programme information will be added when the postgraduate catalogues are published in August 2021

MN20026 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

School of Management
  • UMMN-AFB02 : BSc(Hons) Accounting and Finance (Year 2)
  • UMMN-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Accounting and Finance with Year long work placement (Year 2)

Notes:

  • This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2021/22 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2022/23 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2021/22.
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