CORPFIN 7022NA - Advanced Corporate Finance (M)

Ngee Ann Academy - Trimester 2 - 2017

The objective of the course is to gain an appreciation of the theoretical controversies surrounding corporate finance policies, leading to formulation of financing strategies. Topics: competing capital structure theories including financial distress and agency costs, dividend policy and taxation, IPOs in both debt and equity markets, motives for convertibles and warrants, rationales for corporate diversification including internal capital markets and agency theory.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CORPFIN 7022NA
    Course Advanced Corporate 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
    Prerequisites ACCTING 7019NA, CORPFIN 7005NA, COMMERCE 7033NA, ECON 7200NA
    Assessment Exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Jean Canil

    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. Critically evaluate theoretical research in corporate finance
    2. Explain the implications of theory for practical financial management
    3. Compare various models of investment decision making under uncertainty
    4. Investigate the impact of alternative financing proposals that a firm may face in both the short and long term and argue recommendations
    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)
    1 through 4
    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
    1 through 4
    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
    1 through 4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1 through 4
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1 through 4
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1 through 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Damodaran, Aswath, Corporate Finance: Theory and Practice, 2nd edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2001
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is an intensive-based course taught over two sessions. It is based on face-to-lectures intermingled with class exercises.

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

    Students are expected to read all the material prior to the each intensive.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course begins with a presentation of the different financing choices available to firms, emphasising both commonalities and
    differences.  It moves on to understanding the financing needs of the firm based on life cycles and the process by which firms move from one financing choice to another.  We then consider measurement of the ‘optimal’ financing mix using a number of approaches. 
    The choices that over-levered or under-levered firms have in moving to the optimal financing mix are examined. 

     The next part of the course covers dividend decisions.  Dividend policy is defined and the trade-off between retention and payout is examined. This involves discussion of three schools of thought ranging from dividends adding value, destroying value and being irrelevant.  The course considers practical ways in which to measure dividend policy.  One approach is to measure free cash flow and examine whether firms distribute any free cash flow.  Alternative ways for firms to return free cash flow to shareholders, including divestitures and spin-offs, are also examined.  

    The course is concluded by applying option pricing theory to a range of corporate investment decisions.  Applications include the options to delay, expand and abandon.  Real options recognise that firms have flexibility in their choice of investments and that not all projects have the characteristics assumed by the net present value approach.  Option pricing theory is applied to natural resource firms, to firms with patent products, and in valuing equity and debt claims.

  • 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
    The assessment of this course is as follows:

    Assignment: The assignment will be handed out to students at the first intensive course, and is to be handed in at the beginning of the second intensive course. It will cover all Topics covered in the first intensive. It is worth 50% of total marks.

    The assignment can be done in a group of no more than 2 students and it is the responsibility of the group to ensure that each student has contributed equally. The first page of your assignment should specify your name(s), student number(s) and the assignment title. It should be completed in Word format. Late assignments will not be accepted unless arrangements have been made with the course co-ordinator prior to the due date. Extensions will only be granted for medical or other serious reasons.

    Final examination: The final component of this course will be an exam, which will cover all topics of the course. More information will be provided in the second session.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment is assessed in two forms group assignment (30%) due in the second intensive and the final exam (70%) to a total of 100%. More detail will be provided in the two intensive sessions.
    The assignment will be handed in during the second intensive.
    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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