CORPFIN 7005NA - Principles of Finance (M)

Ngee Ann Academy - Trimester 2 - 2015

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 and the levels of dividends and other payouts for their shareholders.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CORPFIN 7005NA
    Course Principles of Finance (M)
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Trimester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Ngee Ann Academy
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Corequisites ACCTING 7019NA
    Assumed Knowledge COMMERCE 7033NA
    Assessment Exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Chee Cheong

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The basic objective of this finance foundation course is to summarise the fundamental theoretical aspects of finance relevant to the future study of finance and application within a range of profession including accounting and property valuation issues.

    By the end of this course students should be able to:
    1. Explain the financial goal governing a firm’s decisions
    2. A deep understanding of the concepts of time value of money and its application to 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 project or firm
    4. Understand risk and return, diversifiable and non-diversifiable risk, and asset pricing models
    5. Understand how to determine the cost of capital of a project or firm
    6. Explain operating and financial leverage, and implications for the target capital structure
    7. Discuss theories and issues related to dividend policy
    8. Identify & apply ethical principles relevant to the finance profession
    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. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3, 4 & 5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2 & 3
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Berk, DeMarzo, Harford, Ford, Mollica & Finch, Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, 2nd Edition (Australian version), Pearson Australia, 2013.

    This course requires considerable mathematical computation. If you intend to purchase a calculator for this course, you will find it useful to purchase a financial calculator.
    Recommended Resources
    Reference Books

    Ross, Thompson, Christensen, Westerfield and Jordan, Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, 6th Edition, 2013.

    Brigham and Houston, Fundamentals of Financial Management, 13th Edition, Thomson, 2013.

    Pierson, Brown, Easton, Howard and Pinder, Business Finance, 11th Edition, McGraw Hill, 2011.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will offer 2 intensive seminars. In each intensive seminar, lecturer will go through about five topics.


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

    The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week (over 12 weeks) to their studies. This means that you are expected to commit approximately 108 hours (9 hours x 12 week) for a three-unit course of private study outside of your intensive seminars. Students are expected to attend both intensive seminars.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The schedule of topics for this course is as follows:


    1. Introduction Issues in Corporate Finance – the scope and activities of corporate finance, principles roles of corporate finance manager & the key objective of financial management.

    2. Valuing Bonds and Shares – introduction to bonds, valuation of bonds, introduction to shares & valuation of shares.

    3. Capital Budgeting – introduction to various capital budgeting criteria, application of criteria to investment proposals, advantages and disadvantages of each criteria.

    4. Cash Flow Estimation and Analysis of Risk – determination of relevant cash flows for investment analysis, sources of risk in cash flow forecasting, assessment of forecasting risk, implications of management options in project evaluation.

    5. Risk and Return, and Capital Market Efficiency – introduction to the concept of expected returns & volatilities for individual assets and for portfolios of assets, a brief discussion about efficient market hypotheses.

    6. Portfolio Management and Asset Pricing – introduction to the concept of diversification strategy and Capital Asset Pricing Model.

    7. Cost of Capital – determination of cost of equity, cost of preference share, cost of debt and weighted average cost of capital (WACC).

    8. Capital Structure and Leverage – introduction to common types of long term capital, Modigliani and Miller capital structure decision, effects of corporate taxes and effects of financial distress.

    9. Dividend Policy – distribution to shareholders in dividends and share repurchases.

  • 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
    Class Tests - 30%
    Final Exam - 70%
    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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