CORPFIN 7005 - Principles of Finance (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

This course introduces you to the world of modern finance, especially to the financial operations of a business. It covers the concepts of time value of money, basic asset valuation, risk and return paradigm, capital budgeting and financing decisions. Upon completion, students will be able to value bonds and stocks, estimate asset returns according to their risk characteristics and identify capital 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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CORPFIN 7005
    Course Principles of Finance (M)
    Coordinating Unit Finance and Banking
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Chee Cheong

    Adelaide Trimester 1, 2023

    Dr Daniel Orlovsky

    Dr Ivan Obaydin
    Senior Lecturer in Finance
    Adelaide Business School
    Level 12, 10 Pulteney Street
    South Australia, 5005, AUSTRALIA
    T: +61 8 8313 0788
    Adelaide Semester 1, 2023

    Dr Ratna Derina

    Lecturer in Finance
    Adelaide Business School
    Room 37, Level 12, 10 Pulteney Street
    South Australia, 5005, AUSTRALIA
    T: +61 8 8313 7137

    Dr Chee Seng Cheong

    Associate Professor in Finance
    Adelaide Business School
    Level 12, 10 Pulteney Street
    South Australia, 5005, AUSTRALIA
    T: +61 8 8313 0356
    Adelaide Trimester 2, 2023

    Dr Limin Xu

    Senior Lecturer in Finance
    Adelaide Business School
    Level 12, 10 Pulteney Street
    South Australia, 5005, AUSTRALIA

    Adelaide Semester 2, 2023

    Dr Ratna Derina
    Lecturer in Finance
    Adelaide Business School
    Room 37, Level 12, 10 Pulteney Street
    South Australia, 5005, AUSTRALIA
    T: +61 8 8313 7137

    Dr Chee Seng Cheong
    Associate Professor in Finance
    Adelaide Business School
    Level 12, 10 Pulteney Street
    South Australia, 5005, AUSTRALIAT: +61 8 8313 0356
    Adelaide Trimester 3, 2023

    Dr Limin Xu
    Senior Lecturer in Finance
    Adelaide Business School
    Level 12, 10 Pulteney Street
    South Australia, 5005, AUSTRALIA
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1. Utilise time value of money principles to value bonds and shares.
    2. Employ various capital budgeting techniques to evaluate investment projects.
    3. Determine the risk and return of various investment assets.
    4. Explain and apply the theory of capital structure.


    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Parrino, Au Yong, Dempsey, Morkel-Kingsbury, James, Mazzola, Murray, Smales, and Wei, Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, 4th Edition, Wiley, 2020

    This course requires considerable mathematical computation. Although much of it is relatively simple, access to an appropriate calculator is necessary. If you intend to purchase a calculator for this course, you will find it useful to purchase a financial calculator. This is of particular relevance for the time value of money calculations - the relevant function keys include; PV, FV, PMT, n, I/Y, NPV, IRR.  Any financial calculator is suitable for this course.
    Recommended Resources
    Other Reference Books
    Berk, DeMarzo and Harford, Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, Global Edition, 5th Edition, Pearson, 2022.
    Ross, Westerfield and Jordan, Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, 13th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2022.
    Brealey, Myers and Marcus, Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, 11th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2022.

    Online Learning
    This course offering will be delivered both face-to-face and/or online.
    Relevant course links for Zoom will be made available via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will offer 3-hours of face-to-face / online interactive seminars from week 1 to week 12. Class attendance for the interactive seminar is an important component of student learning in this course and is likely to improve your assessment performance in this intake of the course. The communication skills developed in class by regular and active participation in discussions are considered to be most important by the Adelaide Business School and are highly regarded by employers and professional bodies.


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

    Although not compulsory, students in this intake of the course are expected to attend all seminars throughout the

    The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per relevant term, i.e. enrolled in 4 courses) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This means that you are expected to commit approximately 9 hours (per course) of private study outside
    of your regular classes.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The schedule of lecture topics for this course is as follows:
    Chapter 1: The financial manager and the company
    Chapter 2: The financial environment and the level of interest rates (self-studies)
    Chapter 5: The time value of money
    Chapter 6: Discounted cash flows and valuation
    Chapter 7: Risk and return
    Chapter 8: Bond valuation and the structure of interest rates
    Chapter 9: Share valuation
    Chapter 10: The fundamentals of capital budgeting
    Chapter 11: Cash flows and capital budgeting
    Chapter 13: The cost of capital
    Chapter 16: Capital structure policy
  • 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 Task Task Type Due Date Weighting Learning
    Quiz 1 Individual Week 5 15% 1
    Quiz 2 Individual Week 8 15% 1, 3
    Quiz 3 Individual Week 11 20% 1, 2, 3
    Final Exam Individual Exam Period 50% 1, 2, 3, 4
    Total 100%
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    No information currently available.

    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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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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