Fundamentals of Financial Management

Module description


Fundamentals of Financial Management will take you through an appraisal of models and issues arising in the area of financial management. This module introduces you to finance theory and financial management. It covers techniques for capital budgeting, the role of risk in capital budgeting, and the cost of capital. It introduces the topic of financial markets, covering the notion of portfolio diversification leading to simple asset pricing models. It analyses models and evidence relating to a firm’s optimal capital structure and appropriate dividend policy.

Additional Information:


Investment theory and corporate finance are international by nature and the principles taught can be applied in any country.

External Engagement

The module is linked with various professional bodies like CISI (Chartered Instituted of Securities and Investment) and CFAI (Chartered Financial Analysts Institute).


This module covers many different aspects of finance and prepares the students for employment in different financial sectors. Students acquire quantitative skills, analytical skills, experience using Excel, problem-solving, team-working, presentation, and communication skills.

The entire module is about the fair valuation of financial assets which is of interest to those involved in sustainability.
Access to sources of financial data and financial information, lectures and case study material is available for all students online.

Full module specification

Module title:Fundamentals of Financial Management
Module code:BEAM047
Module level:M
Academic year:2016/7
Module lecturers:
  • Mr Thomas Walmsley - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:


Module aims

The aim of the module is to introduce students to the subject of financial management. In particular the module provides students with a critical understanding of the basic concepts of risk and return in financial markets, and their implication for the financial decisions made by both investors and corporations, including portfolio construction, capital budgeting and the analysis of fixed income securities and derivatives. Through a combination of lectures and tutorial classes, students will be provided with a solid foundation in financial theory and practice, providing the necessary grounding for further modules in

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. understand the concepts of risk and return in financial markets
  • 2. analyse and use models of portfolio diversification and asset pricing
  • 3. understand the principles of valuing fixed income securities and be able to assess their sensitivity to interest rate changes
  • 4. understand the concept of the cost of capital and be able to estimate the cost of capital for a corporation
  • 5. evaluate the attractiveness of real investment projects based on their expected cash flows and the cost of capital
  • 6. understand the factors that determine a corporation's capital structure policy
  • 7. understand the principles of pricing forwards, futures and options

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 8. develop theoretical arguments based on analytical reasoning
  • 9. rigorously analyse problems in finance
  • 10. interpret financial data and problems in the light of established theories

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 11. plan and manage their own study
  • 12. make appropriate use of learning resources
  • 13. critically analyse problems arising in both academic and practical contexts

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Contact hours22Lectures
Contact hours11Case study and discussion

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Online quizzes9x0.5 hours1-13Correct answers
Practice exam2 hours1-13Correct answers

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Online examination1002 hours1-13Correct answers

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Online examination Online examination (100%) 2 hours1-13August Examination Period

Syllabus plan

• Introduction
• Fixed income securities
• Risk and return
• Asset pricing
• The cost of capital
• Capital budgeting
• Cash flow estimation and project risk analysis
• Capital structure policy
• Derivative instruments

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Brigham, E., and J. Houston, 2010, Fundamentals of Financial Management (Custom Edition). South Western Cengage Learning. ISBN 9781408039137. Please note that this book is only available in the University bookshop.


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