CORPFIN 2500 - Business Finance II
North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code CORPFIN 2500 Course Business Finance II Coordinating Unit Business School Term Summer Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Assumed Knowledge (ECON 1008 or STATS 1000) & ECON 1004 & ACCTING 1002 or ACCTING 1005 or equivalent Course Description This course examines firm investment and distribution decisions in the context of a capital market structure and efficiency. Valuation methods are developed for valuing projects and securities. Basic portfolio theory is discussed to develop simple asset pricing models and used for determining the cost of capital for use in investment evaluation. The implications of alternative financing options (debt, equity (retained and new) and leasing) are considered, and elementary capital structure theorems are presented, in relation to which the dividend decisions are analysed. The question of market efficiency is considered, and the implications of this for trading strategies discussed.
Course Coordinator: Dr Alex Chen
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesThe aim of this course is that on completion students will have:
- Understood the core concepts of financial management, including using valuation and financial modelling techniques to make informed financial decisions, and also...
- Become aware of the limitations when using these techniques in a practical context.
- Recognized the implications of ethical behaviour in the context of financial management and financial planning.
- Progressed in their development of good interpersonal and communication skills.
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 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,2,4 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 3, 4 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3
Pierson, G., Brown, R., Easton, S., Howard, P., Pinder, S., Business Finance, Eleventh Edition, McGraw Hill, 2011.
If you would like to use a graphic calculator in the exam, no text should be stored in its memory. A financial calculator is highly recommended.
Recommended ResourcesBecause this subject gives you the theory and tools to deal with practical financial issues, you will also benefit and find it interesting if you regularly look at the Australian Financial Review and/or the finance pages of the Advertiser or the Australian. Some tutorial questions will refer directly to these issues. This will fill you in with the topics and current issues in the fields of corporate finance and financial management.
Online LearningThis course is supported by on-line learning including:
- Access to the resources provided by McGraw Hill in support of the textbook
- Access to course materials
- AV output of lectures shortly after the lecture is held, for revision or catch up purposes
- Other links and references as appropriate
- An active discussion board framework
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be delivered via a series of 3 hour workshops that will consist of a 2 hour lecture, followed by a problem-solving based tutorial. The tutorials will develop and extend the materials covered in the previous workshop.
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 and prepare for all topics prior to the scheduled class.
Learning Activities SummaryThe schedule of lecture topics for this course is as follows:
Topic Chapter Reference(s) 1 The Goals and Functions of Finance 1 2 Time Value of Money 3 3 Bond and Stock Valuation 4 4 Basic Project Evaluation 5 5 Other Issues in Project Evaluation 6 6 Portfolio Theory 7 7 Financial Instruments and Institutions 8 8 Sources of Finance 9, 10, 15 9 Dividend Policy 11 10 Capital Structure Decisions 12, 13 11 Cost of Capital 14 12 Market Efficiency 16
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Assessment Description Weighting Due Date Test 1 The test will cover topics 1 - 3 (inclusive) 20% TBA Test 2 The test will cover topics 4 - 6 (inclusive) 20% TBA Final Exam (3Hrs) Exam to cover topics 1 - 12 60% Refer to
Assessment Related RequirementsNotes on Assessment
- Students repeating this subject can choose to use their assignment grade from the previous attempt.
- Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
- Legible hand-writing and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process. Marks may be deducted in the final examination because of poor hand-writing.
- Assessment marks prior to the final exam will be displayed on the course website. Students are encouraged to check their marks and notify the lecturer-in-charge of any discrepancies.
- Students in this course are not permitted to take a DICTIONARY (English or English-Foreign) into the Exam. The use of a calculator in the examination will be required in this course (calculators incapable of storing text may be used).
- All extension requests must be accompanied with a valid reason (i.e. doctors certificate providing evidence of illness) must be provided to the course coordinator (Ivan). If no extension was granted, and the assignment is handed up after the due date and time, penalty marks will apply.
Assessment DetailPresentation of Assignments
Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
All individual assignments must be attached to an Assignment Cover Sheet which must be signed and dated by the student before submission.
All group assignments must be attached to a Group Assignment Cover Sheet which must be signed and dated by all group members before submission. All team members are expected to contribute approximately equally to a group assignment.
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Further details will be provided when the assignment is released.
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
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