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MN10805: Corporate finance for managers

[Page last updated: 23 October 2023]

Academic Year: 2023/24
Owning Department/School: School of Management
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: EXCB 75%, EXIC 25%
Assessment Detail:
  • MN12150 MCQ in-class test (EXIC 25%)
  • MN12150 Final examination (EXCB 75%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: By the end of this unit, the student should be able to:
* Understand the primary objectives and key activities of corporate finance.
* Evaluate alternative sources of funds for a firm.
* Understand the theoretical basis of the time value of money and solve time value of money problems.
* Analyse investment appraisal problems using various techniques.
* Describe the relationship between risk and return, and calculate the cost of capital of a company.

Content: The unit introduces students to the issues involved in a firms investment and financing decisions. Students will develop an understanding of the primary financial decision-making tools and how apply them.

* Time value of money.
* Investment appraisal models.
* Debt and equity market.
* Sources of finance.
* Dividend and payout policy.
* Working Capital Management.

Course availability:

MN10805 is a Generally Available Unit which is available to all students of the University (subject to the usual constraints) to take either as a Director of Studies approved option within their programme of study or as an 'extra' unit which does not count towards a final award.

MN10805 is Optional on the following courses:

Department of Chemistry
  • USCH-AFB03 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Management (Year 2)
  • USCH-AAB04 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Management with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • USCH-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Management with Industrial Placement (Year 2)
  • USCH-AFM07 : MSci(Hons) Chemistry with Management (Year 2)
  • USCH-AKM07 : MSci(Hons) Chemistry with Management with Industrial Placement (Year 2)
Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • USMA-AFB15 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences (Year 2)
  • USMA-AAB16 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • USMA-AKB16 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • USMA-AFM14 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics (Year 2)
  • USMA-AAM15 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • USMA-AKM15 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 2)


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