MANAGEMT 7101 - Managerial Finance

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 2 - 2014

This course introduces you to the world of modern finance, especially to the financial operations of business. It covers the concepts of time value of money, asset valuation, risk and return paradigm, capital budgeting, financing, and payout decisions, and derivatives. Upon completion, students will be able to value bonds and stocks, estimate asset returns according to their risk characteristics, choose projects that maximize shareholder's wealth using a wide range of analytical tools. They will also develop a good understanding on how firms finance their capital expenditure on their investment and the levels of dividends and other payouts for their shareholders. Finally, students will gain a basic understanding on derivatives such as options and futures, and apply them for sound risk management practices.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MANAGEMT 7101
    Course Managerial Finance
    Coordinating Unit Business School
    Term Trimester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Prerequisites MANAGEMT 7100
    Course Description This course introduces you to the world of modern finance, especially to the financial operations of business. It covers the concepts of time value of money, asset valuation, risk and return paradigm, capital budgeting, financing, and payout decisions, and derivatives. Upon completion, students will be able to value bonds and stocks, estimate asset returns according to their risk characteristics, choose projects that maximize shareholder's wealth using a wide range of analytical tools. They will also develop a good understanding on how firms finance their capital expenditure on their investment and the levels of dividends and other payouts for their shareholders. Finally, students will gain a basic understanding on derivatives such as options and futures, and apply them for sound risk management practices.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Chris Howland

    Name: Chris Howland
    Location: N/A
    Telephone: 0437 719 022 (text please)
    Email: chris.howland@gmail.com
    Course Website: www.myuni.adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from the Course Planner at https://access.adelaide.edu.au/courses/search.asp?year=2013
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The objectives of this subject are to provide students with:
    1. Explain the financial goal governing a firm’s decisions.
    2. Apply various valuation models to value long-term debt, preference shares and ordinary shares.
    3. Explain the importance, role and techniques of capital budgeting in a firm.
    4. Understand risk and return, diversifiable and non-diversifiable risk and asset pricing model.
    5. Understand how to determine the cost of capital of a firm.
    6. Explain operating and financial leverage, and implications for the target capital structure.
    7. Discuss theories and issues related to dividend policy.
    8. Understand the principles of and trade-offs associated with the use of hedging.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. Objectives 1-8
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. Objectives 1-8
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. Objectives 1-8
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. Objectives 1-8
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. Objectives 1-8
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. Objectives 1-8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Text Books (s)

    Ross S., Christens M., Drew M., Bianchi R., “Fundamentals of Corporate Finance”, Sixth Edition, 2013, McGraw Hill, 9780071013192

    Recommended Resources

    Regularly reading business newspapers is strongly recommended. The University library has FACTIVA, a database of business newspaper articles. Bloomberg is a good free source on the internet. Subscribing to “Thoughts from the Frontline” and “Outside the Box” from Mauldin Economics is highly recommended (free subscription at http://www.mauldineconomics.com/). For those who like longer reads “Thinks That Make You Go Hmmm...”, from the same website is also recommended.

    Online Learning

    Important messages, topic notes, power point slides, case studies and other materials relating to the course will be placed on MyUni throughout the course. MyUni can be found at (www.myuni.adelaide.edu.au)

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course is based on seminars and class exercises.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Weekly classes are 3 hours long. You can expect to spend about the same amount of time preparing for each class. Assignments, and exam preparation will demand additional concentrated periods of non-classroom study, on your own or with your allocated student group. As a rough indication, you could expect to spend in the order of 120 hours of study time to complete the course, of which 36 hours would be in class.
    Learning Activities Summary

    Topic Topics and Sub-topics
    1 Introduction: Issues in Corporate Finance- scope and activities of corporate finance, role of the corporate finance manager, key goal of financial management
    2 Valuation Principles and NPV:- introduction to time value of money and net present value
    3 Bond Valuation – interest rates, introduction to bonds, valuation of bonds
    Share Valuation – alternative models
    4 Valuation and the Firm – NPV, IRR and other rules
    5 Capital Budgeting - various capital budgeting criteria, application of criteria to investment proposals, advantages and disadvantages of each criteria, determination of relevant cash flows for investment analysis, effects of corporate taxes on cash flows.
    6 Risk and Return- measurement of expected return and risk volatilities for individual assets and portfolios of assets, Capital Asset Pricing Model.
    7 Cost of Capital - cost of equity capital, cost of preferred stock capital, cost of debt capital, weighted average cost of capital (WACC)
    8 Capital Structure and Leverage- types of long term capital, Modigliani and Miller capital structure decision, effects of corporate taxes, effects of financial distress
    9 Dividend Policy – Distribution to shareholders in dividends and share repurchases


    Specific Course Requirements
    Accounting for Managers
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Weighting
    Assignment 1 25%
    Assignment 2 25%
     Final Exam
    (2.5 hours exam)
    50%


    Assessment Detail
    Assignments
    Two assignments are required to be completed on an individual basis

    Final Exam
    There will be a 2.5 hour open book exam. A financial calculator, an IPad, tablet or other device with a financial calculator app installed is recommended. You can bring in a PC only to use an Excel spread sheet, but for no other purpose (the spreadsheet must be blank at the start of the exam).
    Submission
    Presentation of Assignments
    • Please ensure you retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
    • Please attach an ‘Assignment Cover Sheet’, which is signed and dated by you before submission.
    Lecturers can refuse to accept assignments, which do not have a signed acknowledgement of the University’s policy on plagiarism.

    Assignment Guidelines including Referencing Details
    A copy of the Postgraduate Programs: Communication Skills Guide will have been given to you at the beginning of your program. This guide will assist you structure your assignments. A copy of the guide can also be downloaded from http://www.business.adelaide.edu.au/current/mba/download/2009MBACommSkillsGuide.pdf

    This publication also provides guidelines on a range of other important communication skills including writing essays and management reports, making oral presentations etc.
    In preparing any written piece of assessment for your postgraduate studies it is important to draw on the relevant ‘literature’ to support critical analysis. Also essential is to reference the literature used. Correct referencing is important because it identifies the source of the ideas and arguments that you present, and sometimes the source of the actual words you use, and helps to avoid the problem of plagiarism. (Further information on plagiarism is provided later in this course outline.)
    The Harvard system is widely used in the Business School. Guidelines for the use of this style of referencing can be found in the Communication Skills Guide.

    Further assistance with referencing is available from the Faculty’s Learning Support Advisors. The contact details are provided on page 6 of the Communication Skills Guide.

    Late Assignment Submission
    Students are expected to submit their work by the due date to maintain a fair and equitable system. Extensions will generally only be given for medical or other serious reasons. All requests for extensions must be emailed to the lecturer in charge of the course before the due date. Each request will be assessed on its merits. A late assignment (without prior arrangement) will be penalised by a 5% mark reduction for each day that it is late.

    Return of Assignments
    Lecturer’s aim to mark and return assignments to students within two (2) weeks of the due date with written feedback. Students are responsible for collecting their marked assignments from either their tutorials or lectures. If assignments aren’t collected after two (2) weeks, the assignments will be available at the Student Hub for two (2) weeks. The remaining assignments will only be posted out to the students, if the correct mailing addresses are on the assignments.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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