CORPFIN 7005 - Principles of Finance (M)

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 1 - 2022

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 Trimester 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
    Adelaide Trimester 1, 2022

    GM Wali Ullah
    Adelaide Semester 1, 2022

    Dr Chee Seng Cheong

    Head of Finance & Banking Discipline
    Associate Professor in Finance
    Adelaide Business School
    Level 12, 10 Pulteney Street
    South Australia, 5005, AUSTRALIA
    T: +61 8 8313 0356

    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

    Melbourne Semester 1, 2022

    Dr Daniel Orlovsky

    Adelaide Semester 2, 2022

    Dr Chee Seng Cheong
    Head of Finance & Banking Discipline
    Associate Professor in Finance
    Adelaide Business School
    Level 12, 10 Pulteney Street
    South Australia, 5005, AUSTRALIA
    T: +61 8 8313 0356

    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

    Melbourne Semester 2, 2022

    Dr Daniel Orlovsky

    Adelaide Trimester 3, 2022

    Dr Juan (Jane) Luo
    Finance PG Program Coordinator
    Senior Lecturer in Finance
    Adelaide Business School
    Level 12, 10 Pulteney Street
    South Australia, 5005, AUSTRALIA

    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, Harford, Ford and Mollica, Fundamentals of Corporate Finance (Aus), 3rd Edition, Pearson, 2017.
    Berk, DeMarzo and Harford, Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, Global Edition, 4th Edition, Pearson, 2018.
    Ross, Trayler, Hambusch, Westerfield and Koh, Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, 8th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2021.
    Peirson, Brown, Easton, Howard and Pinder, Business Finance, 12th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2015.
    Online Learning
    This course offering will be delivered both face-to-face and 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 content each week including a 120-minute face-to-face / online interactive seminar. This will continue from trimester week 1 to week 12. The seminar will be focused on revising the prior week recorded lecture class via Echo360 covering a particular topic, and applying those principles via topic-based Student Review Questions. Regarding the lecture recording, the focus in the seminar will be on the practical application of the lecture / readings content. However, note that all of the course materials (lectures / readings) are assessable. In addition, class based activities, including assessable student tasks will be held during the scheduled 3-hour specified seminar times.
    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.

    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 trimester.
    The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per relevant term) 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 intake of the course is as follows:

    Topic #1: Introduction to financial management (Text chapter 1) – the scope and activities of corporate finance, principles roles of corporate finance manager and the key objective(s) of financial management.

    Topic #2: Introduction to valuation: the time value of money (Text chapter 4) – the future value of an investment made today and the equivalent present value of cash to be received at a future date, the process of calculating a return on investment and predicting how long it takes for an investment to reach a desired value.

    Topic #3: Discounted cash flow valuation (Text chapter 5) – determining the future and present value of investments with multiple cash flows, calculating loan payments and find the interest rate on a loan, describing how loans are amortised or paid off and explaining how interest rates are quoted (and misquoted).

    Topic #4: Some lessons from capital market history and Risk and return (Text chapters 10 and 11) – introduction to the concept of expected returns and volatilities for individual assets, as well as for portfolios of assets, a brief discussion about efficient market hypotheses, calculating expected returns, an explanation of the impact of diversification, understanding of the systematic risk principle, and discussion of the security market line and the risk–return trade-off.

    Topic 5: Valuing Bonds and Shares (Text chapters 6 and 7) – introduction to bonds, valuation of bonds, discussion of bond ratings and what they mean, evaluate the term structure of interest rates, impact of inflation on interest rates and the determinants of bond yields, introduction to shares and valuation aspects of shares and a discussion of how share markets work.

    Topic #6: Net present value and other investment criteria (Text chapter 8) – introduction to various capital budgeting criteria, application of criteria to investment proposals, and advantages and disadvantages of each criteria.

    Topic #7: Making capital investment decisions (Text chapter 9) – determination of relevant cash flows for investment analysis, sources of risk in cash flow forecasting, and evaluation of an estimated NPV.

    Topic #8: Cost of Capital (Text chapter 12) – determination of cost of equity, cost of preference shares, cost of debt and overall weighted average cost of capital (WACC).
  • 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
    Quiz #1 TBA 15% 1
    Quiz #2 TBA 15% 1,3
    Quiz #3 TBA 20% 1,2,3
    Final Exam Exam Period 50% 1,2,3,4
    Total 100%

    Assessment Detail
    Refer to Myuni

    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    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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