CORPFIN 1002 - Business Finance

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

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 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
    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 Erin Derina

    Dr. Ratna Derina (Erin)
    Location : R12.37, Level 12, Nexus 10 Building
    Telephone  : 8313 7137
    Email :  

    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. Illustrate basic risk and return calculations.

    3. Value equities and bonds using the basic financial models.

    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)
    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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Text Book:
    Ross, Trayler, Van De Venter, Bird, Westfield, and Jordan, Essentials of Corporate Finance, 4th Edition, McGraw Hill

    Please see MyUni course site for lecture slides and other course material.

    If you would like to use a graphic calculator in the exam, you should not store any text in its memory. A financial calculator is highly recommended.
    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
    This 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.
  • 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 skills to put prior learning into practice. It is important that students spend time solving questions provided prior to attending tutorials.  


    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
    No Topic Texbook Chapter
    1 Introduction to Financial Management & Financial Statements Ch 1,2,3
    2 Time Value of Money Ch 4 & 5
    3 Bond Valuation Ch 6
    4 Share Valuation and EMH Ch 7 & 10
    5 Risk and Return Ch 11
    Basics of Project Evaluation Ch 8
    7 Making Capital Investment Decisions Ch 9
    8 Cost of Capital and Leverage Ch 12 & 13
    9 Dividend Policy  14
  • 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
    Assessment Task Weighting Date and Location Related Course Learning Outcomes
    Mid-semester test (covering topic 1-4, 60 minutes)  SEE NOTE 2 BELOW 20% Week 8, Bonython Hall 1-3
    Assignment (covering topic 1-5) 20% due by 11.59pm on Friday, Oct 25th (Week 11), online 1-4
    Final exam (covering topic 1-10, 3 hours) 60% Refer to Access Adelaide 1-6
    Total 100%

    1. No materials are permitted except for your pencil, eraser and calculator. A formula sheet will be provided in the test and exam. 
    2. The test will only count 10% towards your assessment if you fail the test (ie < 10/20) and the exam will count as 70%.
    3. Sample practice questions will be uploaded on MyUni before the test.
    4. Past exam questions will be uploaded on MyUni prior to the exam.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Notes on Assessment

    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 MyUni. 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.

    Assessment Detail
    This course has one class test, one assignment and one final exam. More information will be provided in the first lecture.
    Assignment reports should be submitted electronically. The link for the Turnitin Assignment tool has been created for you under the Assignment page entitled “ Assignment Submission” in the MyUni site.
    You can upload your assignment directly by following the prompts. For guidance on how to submit your assignment electronically via MyUni Canvas, go to and click on the “Submit an Assignment” tutorial. You will need to upload a Word or pdf version of your assignment to Turnitin.

    Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted.

    Assignment Guidelines including Referencing Details
    Communication Skills Guide will have been given to you at the beginning of your program. This guide will assist you structure your assignments. A copy of the guide can also be downloaded from This publication also provides guidelines on a range of other important communication skills including writing essays and management reports, making oral presentations etc.

    In preparing any written piece of assessment for your undergraduate studies it is important to draw on the relevant ‘literature’ to support critical analysis. Also essential is to reference the literature used. Correct referencing is important because it identifies the source of the ideas and arguments that you present, and sometimes the source of the actual words you use, and helps to avoid the problem of plagiarism. (Further information on plagiarism is provided later in this course outline.)

    The Harvard system is widely used in the Business School. Guidelines for the use of this style of referencing can be found in the Communication Skills Guide. Further assistance with referencing is available from the Faculty’s Learning Support Advisors. The contact details are provided on page 6 of the Communication Skills Guide.

    Late Assignment Submission
    Students are expected to submit their work by the due date to maintain a fair and equitable system. Extensions will generally only be given for medical or other serious reasons. All requests for extensions must be emailed to the lecturer in charge of the course before the due date. Each request will be assessed on its merits.
    A late assignment (without prior arrangement) will be penalised by a reduction of 1 mark or 5% of the possible maximum mark applicable for the assignment for each day that it is late.

    Return of Assignments
    Lecturer aims to mark and return assignments to students within three (3) weeks of the due date with written feedback.
    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
  • Fraud Awareness

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