CORPFIN 3503 - Corporate Investment & Strategy
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code CORPFIN 3503 Course Corporate Investment & Strategy Coordinating Unit Business School Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites CORPFIN 2502 Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Studies Course Description This course examines techniques and issues in corporate finance with a focus on corporate investment decisions. The course covers both internal and external corporate growth strategies: advanced capital budgeting techniques, risk management strategies, valuation of capital projects as real options, merger and acquisition strategies, corporate diversification and divestitures. Further topics include stock valuation along with recognition of growth opportunities, relation between growth opportunities and free cash flow and agency cost of free cash flow, incentive-aligning compensation including executive stock options, corporate governance and ethical principles in finance industry.
Course Coordinator: Dr Ivan Obaydin
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Apply percent of sales approach to identify external financing needed at a given growth rate, and use formulas and pricing models to measure growth opportunities
- Employ various capital budgeting techniques in decision-making
- Apply option pricing models including real options methods, to evaluate corporate investments
- Utilise leading techniques in valuation of merger and acquisition strategies
- Analyse corporate investment decisions in the context of corporate diversification and corporate governance
- 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) 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)
1-6 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
1-6 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
1-6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-6 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
1-6 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
Required ResourcesThe text book for the course is Ross, S., R. Westerfield, J. Jaffe and B. Jordan, Corporate Finance, 11e, McGraw-Hill International, 2016. (NOTE: Previous editions are not suitable).
Online LearningAll materials are available on Canvas.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures supported by problem-solving tutorials developing material covered in lectures.
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 throughout the semester plus one tutorial class each week
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. As CORPFIN 3503 is a 3 unit course, each week you are expected to commit approximately 9 hours of private study, in addition to the 3 hours attending your lecture and tutorial.
Learning Activities Summary
Semester Week Topic # Topic Required Reading 1 1 Financial policy and growth Ch.3 2 2 Valuing growth opportunities
Tutorials start this week
3 3 Advanced capital budgeting and risk analysis Ch.4 - Ch.7 4 4 Options & corporate finance: basic concepts and pricing models Ch. 22 5 5 Options & corporate finance: applications Ch.22
Online Test #1 6 6 Real options Ch. 23 7 7 Mergers & acquisitions Ch. 29
8 8 Corporate diversification and corporate governance Stowe & Xing. pdf
Online Test #2 Mid-semester break 9 9 Ethics workshop 1 10 10 Ethics workshop 2 11 11 Ethics workshop 3 12 12 Review lecture and tutorials for workshop 3
Note: Reading may be varied during the semester. All .pdf files are uploaded to Canvas.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Duration Date and time Weighting Topics
Online Test 1 50 mins Week 5 15% 1,2, & 3 All Online Test 2 50 mins Week 8 15% 4,5 & 6 All Final Exam 3 hours (closed book) See semester 2 exam timetable, when released, for details 70% All All Total 100%
Assessment Related RequirementsTo pass this course, 50% overall is required (this subject is not 'double pass').
Assessment DetailOnline Test 1: Multiple choice questions, covers topics 1-3
Online Test 2: Multiple choice questions, covers topics 4-6
Final examination: 3 hour closed-book exam (multiple choice questions/analytical problems/essay questions), covers topics 1-12 including ethics.
More details will be provided closer to the dates.
SubmissionBoth online tests must be completed within the scheduled time frame.
Only one attempt is allowed per test.
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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