CORPFIN 1002 - Business Finance

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

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 different financing options (debt and equity) 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 its implications for trading strategies are discussed.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CORPFIN 1002
    Course Business Finance
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    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 different financing options (debt and equity) 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 its implications for trading strategies are discussed.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Ivan Obaydin

    SEMESTER 2:
    Course Coordinator: Ivan Obaydin
    Location: Room 12.23, Level 12, Nexus 10 Building
    Telephone: +61 8 8313 0788
    Email: ivan.obaydin@adelaide.edu.au

    MELBOURNE CAMPUS TRIMESTER 3:
    Course Coordinator: Ivan Obaydin
    Location: Room 12.23, Level 12, Nexus 10 Building
    Telephone: +61 8 8313 0788
    Email: ivan.obaydin@adelaide.edu.au

    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. Compute complex time value of money calculations.

    2. Value both bonds and equities using appropriate financial models.

    3. Illustrate basic risk and return calculations.

    4. Apply the core concepts of financial management for basic project valuation.

    5. Analyse the capital structure of a company.

    6. Identify ethical behaviour in the context of financial management and financial planning.
    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.

    1-6

    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.

    1-6

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    1-6

    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.

    1-6

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    1-6

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    1-6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Text Book:
    Berk, DeMarzo and Harford, Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, Global Edition, 4th Edition

    Calculator:
    Casio fx-82AU PLUS II 2nd Edition Scientific Calculator
    Recommended Resources
    This subject provides students with practical and theortical tools to better understand varied financial aspects. Students will significantly benefit from regularly reading the Australian Financial Review, the financial pages of The Australian and Bloomberg.
    Online Learning
    Lecture material such as presentation, articles, tutorial questions and lecture recording will be available on MyUni. Tutorial answers will also be made available in the week following the tutorial.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be delivered via a 2-hour lecture session and a 1-hour problem-solving tutorial sessions. Lectures provide students with a primary understanding and tutorials help enhance enhance skills to put prior learning into practice. It is important that students spend time solving questions provided individually or in small groups prior to attending tutorials.  

    Workload

    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. As a guide, students are expected to spend 9 hours each week for this course (this includes face-to-face contact, online components, and self-directed study).
    Learning Activities Summary
    Teaching Week Topic Chapter Reference(s)
    1 1. Introduction to Business Finance and Financial Statements 1 and 2
    2 2. Time Value of Money 3 and 4
    3 3. Interest Rates 5
    4 4. Fixed Income (Bonds) 6
    5 5. Equity Valuation (Shares) 7
    6 6. Risk and Return in Capital Markets 11
    7 7. Systematic Risk and the Equity Risk Premium 12
    8 8. Basics of Project Evaluation 8
    9 9. Making Capital Investment Decisions 9
    10 10. Cost of Capital and Leverage 13
    11 Revision Lecture
  • 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
    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.
    Assessment Task Weighting Date and Location Related Course Learning Outcomes
    Online Quiz 1
    [covering topics 1, 2 and 3]
    5% Week 5, myuni 1-2 & 6
    Mid-Semester Exam
    Duration: 1 hour
    [covering topics 1 - 5]
    30% Week 8, myuni 1-3 & 6
    Online Quiz 2
    [covering topics 6, 7, 8 and 9]
    5% Week 11, myuni 4 & 5
    Final Exam
    Duration: 2 hours
    [covering all topics]
    60% Refer to Access Adelaide 1-6
    Total 100%

    Assessment Detail
    Online Quiz 1 (Week 5):
    Covering topics 1, 2 and 3


    Mid-Semester Exam (Week 8):
    Covering topics 1 - 5 (inclusive)


    Online Quiz 2 (Week 11):
    Covering topics 6, 7, 8 and 9


    Final Exam (Exam Period - Date/Time to be advised):
    Covering all topics
    Refer to Access Adelaide for more details
    Submission
    All examination materials must be submitted to the invigilator.
    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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