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Corporate Finance

Module description

This module is intended for Financial Services Degree Apprenticeship students who are looking to develop a sound knowledge in making investment and financial management decision which plays a central role in corporate profitability and performance. The module covers capital budgeting, assessment of capital investments and practical techniques to estimate a company’s or project’s cost of capital. An overview of corporate governance is presented along with a framework for understanding and analysing corporate governance and stakeholder management. The growing impact of environmental and social consideration in investing is also highlighted in this module.

Full module specification

Module title:Corporate Finance
Module code:BEF2007DA
Module level:2
Academic year:2023/4
Module lecturers:
Module credit:15
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Module aims

This module is designed to introduce students to corporate finance theory and enable them to apply it to the main problems faced by financial managers and corporate decision makers. In particular, this module provides a thorough treatment of the key aspects in the financial decision-making process in a corporation, including market efficiency, risk and return, portfolio theory and risk management. Students should be able to evaluate a company’s corporate governance, analyse a capital budgeting problem, estimate a company’s cost of capital and evaluate a company’s operating and financial leverage and its working capital management.

The module introduces the concept of a portfolio approach to investments. The needs of individual and institutional investors are each examined, along with the range of available investment solutions. You will be able to demonstrate the use of fundamentals of portfolio and risk management, including return and risk measurement, and portfolio planning and construction. You will compare and contrast the types of investment management products that are available to investors and apply them to the portfolio approach.

This module takes a broad approach to address both the risk management of organisations in general and portfolio risk management. Good governance practices are introduced, in particular investment approaches that consider environmental, social and governance factors, known as ESG. This module enables you to reflect how companies manage their relationships with stakeholders and highlights the risks and benefits that underlie a corporate governance structure.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. describe the capital budgeting process and distinguish among the various categories of capital projects;
  • 2. calculate and interpret measures of operating leverage and financial leverage;
  • 3. apply methods of evaluating the effectiveness of working capital management;
  • 4. demonstrate the use of fundamentals of portfolio and risk management;
  • 5. describe methods for measuring and modifying risk exposures;
  • 6. describe factors relevant to the analysis of corporate governance and stakeholder management;
  • 7. explain how environmental, social and governance factors may be used in investment analysis.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 8. identify corporate governance issues relevant for investment professionals and conflict of interests that exist among stakeholder groups;
  • 9. evaluate the implications of ESG considerations in investment decision making;
  • 10. apply the portfolio planning and construction process in a real-world context.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 11. develop a sound knowledge of the investment management products, and their features and benefits, relevant to their role;
  • 12. understand the impact the external environment has on Financial Services as appropriate to their role, together with relevant best practice;
  • 13. manage and coordinate several tasks within the organisation.

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
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity14Workshops
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity14Online lectures and seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity4Revision
Guided Independent Study118Reading and research, web-based activities

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Mock Exam1-hour exam1-7Marks and feedback
Online DiscussionOnline discussion contributions1-13Online discussion feedback from peers and lecturer
Weekly online practicesSix exercises1-10Correct answers on ELE

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
Exam501-hour written exam 1-7Marks and feedback
Applied exercise/Assignment502,000 words1-13Marks and feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Exam (50%)1-hour written exam (50%)1-7Next available opportunity
Applied exercise/Assignment (50%)Applied exercise/Assignment 2,000 words (50%)1-13Next available opportunity

Re-assessment notes

Defer – As first time

Refer – capped at 40%

Syllabus plan

  • Capital Budgeting
  • Cost of Capital
  • Measures of Leverage
  • Working Capital Management
  • Portfolio Management: An Overview
  • Risk Management: An Introduction
  • Portfolio Risk and Return Part I
  • Portfolio Risk and Return Part
  • Basics of Portfolio Planning and Construction
  • Corporate Governance and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • orporate Finance and Portfolio Management, CFA® Program Curriculum Level I Volume 4, CFA Institute
  • Brealey, R.A. Myers, S.C. and Allen F. (2008), Principles of Corporate Finance, 9th (International) Edition, London: McGraw-Hill.
  • Hillier, D. Ross, S. Westerfield, R. Jaffe, J. and Jordan, B. Corporate Finance 2013. 2nd Ed. McGraw Hill.

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