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Module Title LC Introduction to Finance
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 07 26355
Module Lead Eliana Lauretta
Level Certificate Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-22 hours
Seminar-5 hours
Tutorial-0 hours
Project supervision-0 hours
Demonstration-0 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-0 hours
Supervised time in studio/workshop-0 hours
Fieldwork-0 hours
External Visits-0 hours
Work based learning-0 hours
Guided independent study-73 hours
Placement-0 hours
Year Abroad-0 hours
Description This module introduces core concepts in finance. It is designed to give students sufficient discipline based knowledge to undertake more advanced finance modules. As such topics covered will include:

Time value of money; Financial market instruments and their functions; Discounted cash flow approaches to decision making; Evaluation of different sources of finance; Cost of capital and elementary financial management; Impact of dividend and capital structure policies.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • identify and apply the principles underlying the time value of money;
  • explain the goals of financial management, how financial markets work and the main financial instruments found in them;
  • evaluate investment decisions using discounted cash flow methods including incorporating traditional approaches to risk;
  • show the different ways in which a company can raise capital and its valuation;
  • explain how dividend and capital structure policies may affect a firm’s value.
Assessment 26355-01 : Class Test : Class Test (25%)
26355-02 : Exam : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (75%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions 2 hour examination 75%; 45 min class test 25%. Reassessment: 2 hour examination (100%)
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