CORPFIN 7005 - Principles of Finance (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

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 Adelaide Business School
    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
    Corequisites ACCTING 7019
    Assumed Knowledge CORPFIN 7033
    Assessment Exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Chee Cheong

    Name: Mr. Peter Lennox
    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. Explain the financial goal of a firm.
    2. Apply time value of money principles to evaluate investment opportunities.
    3. Apply various capital budgeting techniques to evaluate investment projects.
    4. Determine the required return of different sources of finance.
    5. Compute the weighted average cost of capital of a project or a firm.
    6. Demonstrate the impact of taxes and bankruptcy costs on a firm’s 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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    2, 3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Parrino, Au Yong, Dempsey, Morkel-Kingsbury, Ekanayake, James, Murray, Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, 3rd Edition, Wiley, 2019, ISBN 978-0-7303-6346-0.

    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.  The most popular financial calculator is the Sharp EL738 (or its variations).
    Recommended Resources
    Other Reference Books
    Berk, DeMarzo, Harford, Ford, Mollica & Finch, Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, 2nd edition, Pearson, 2013.
    Brigham and Houston, Fundamentals of Financial Management, 13th Edition, Thomson, 2013.
    Peirson, Brown, Easton, Howard and Pinder, Business Finance, 11th Edition, McGraw Hill, 2011.
    Ross, Drew, Walk, Westerfield and Jordan, Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, 7th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2016.
    Online Learning
    This course offering will be delivered via a mix of online and face-to-face teaching.
    Each week, unless otherwise specified, a 2-hour recorded lecture (via Echo 360) commencing from semester week 1 and a 50 minute interactive tutorial class will be provided to students.
    Note that some of the tutorial classes will be provided on a face-to-face basis with the rest offered online (via Zoom). 
    Relevant course links for for the online (Zoom) tutorial classes will be provided prior to the commencement of each weeks class via MyUni.
    Please refer to the course planner for further details of which tutorial classes are offered face-to-face and which are offered on an online basis.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures & Tutorials
    This course will offer one 2-hour lecture per week from week 1 to week 12. In addition to the lectures, 1 hour tutorial classes will be offered from week 2 until week 12.

    Tutorial classes will be held weekly from week 2 to 12. Membership of tutorial classes is to be finalised by the end of the second week of semester. Students wishing to swap between tutorial classes after this time are required to present their case to the Lecturer-in-Charge, but should be aware that such a request may not be approved.

    Tutorials are an important component of your learning in this course. The communication skills developed in tutorials by regularly and actively participating 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.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
    Students in this course are expected to attend all lectures and tutorials throughout the semester.
    The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This means that you are expected to commit approximately 9 hours 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 3: The time value of money

    Chapter 4: Discounted cash flows and valuation

    Chapter 5: Risk and return

    Chapter 6: Bond valuation and the structure of interest rates

    Chapter 7: Share valuation

    Chapter 8: The fundamentals of capital budgeting

    Chapter 9: Cash flows and capital budgeting

    Chapter 11: The cost of capital

    Chapter 14: 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 Due Date Weighting Learning Outcome
    Class Test 1 (Chapters 1-5) Week 6 15% 1,2,3,4
    Class Test 2 (Chapters 1-8) Week 10 15% 1,2,3,4,5,6
    Final Exam (closed book) Exam Period 70% 1,2,3,4,5,6
    Total 100%

    Assessment Detail
    Class Test 1 - Chapters 1-5
    Class Test 2 - Chapters 1-8
    Final Examination - Chapters 1-14.
    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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