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Module Title LH Financial Analysis for Managers
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 07 15823
Module Lead Dr Nick Carline
Level Honours Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions Available to Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, MBA 24mth Masters, MBA IBF 24mth Masters students as a compulsory module
Contact Hours Lecture-30 hours
Guided independent study-70 hours
Total: 100 hours
Description The module will aim to cover some of the basic building-blocks of finance that are of primary concern to corporate managers, and some of the basic considerations needed to make financial decisions both inside and outside the firm. At its core, the module will extensively consider the fundamental concept of time value-of-money, and its application to capital-budgeting/investment decisions and the valuation of financial assets. It will then introduce the theory and practice of risk management. Although the module will contain some material of a technical and theoretical nature, it is designed for a cohort of aspiring general managers, rather than finance specialists. As such, no prior knowledge of finance is presumed for the module. However, knowledge of accounting to a level equivalent to the Semester 1 module 07 15828 Financial Accounting is presumed.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module the student should be able to:
  • Discuss the financial system and measure return and risk;
  • Apply the quantitative techniques, and explain the principles, for the evaluation of future cash-flows (time-value-of-money);
  • Use and explain discounted-cash-flow-analysis (net-present-value and alternative investment rules) for the evaluation of real investment projects (capital-budgeting);
  • Use and explain valuation models for financial assets (bonds and common stocks);
  • Discuss the idea of risk management, and compare and contrast hedging and insuring using derivative securities (forwards, futures, and options).
Assessment 15823-01 : Class Test : Class Test (25%)
15823-02 : Group Coursework : Coursework (25%)
15823-03 : Exam : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions One 2hr written exam (50%); One 2,000 word essay (25%); One class tests (25%)

Reassessment: Reassessment: 2hr written exam
Reading List Brealey, Myers & Marcus. 2000 2012. Fundamentals of Corporate Finance. 3rd 7th ed. McGraw Hill.