Corporate Finance - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1 , Sess 3
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 3
  • Assessment: Assignment (15%) , Invigilated Exam (60%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,840.00
International 4,090.00

This unit introduces you to the fundamental principles of financial decision-making. The unit will develop the basic framework for decision-making and you will investigate the theories of corporate finance, the analytical techniques used to value assets and various aspects of the financial markets. In this context, this unit will explore the relationship between the investment and financing decisions with particular emphasis on the valuation of stocks and bonds, capital budgeting, portfolio diversification and capital structure.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand basic financial concepts and tools, including opportunity cost of capital, factors affecting the valuation of bonds and stocks, the relationship between risk and return, the diversification of risk, the efficient market hypothesis, capital budgeting and dividend policy
  2. understand financial issues and apply the theory of modern finance to solve the issues
  3. develop an understanding of the assumptions that underlie financial models
  4. develop the skills required to use the basic valuation model in finance and understand its application in valuing securities and projects.
  • Assignment (15%)
  • Invigilated Exam (60%)
  • Quizzes (25%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Financial Decision-Making
2The Time Value of Money
3Valuation of Stocks and Bonds
4Capital Budgeting
5Risk and Return - Portfolio Diversification and CAPM
6Capital Structure and the Cost of Capital
7Dividend Policy

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Online materials

  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Corporate Finance

    By:Ross, Westerfield & Jaffe

    ISBN: 9780078034770


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