CORPFIN 7101NA - Managerial Finance

Ngee Ann Academy - Quadmester 3 - 2020

This course introduces you to the world of modern finance, especially to the financial operations of business. It covers the concepts of time value of money, asset valuation, risk and return paradigm, capital budgeting, financing, and payout decisions, and derivatives. Upon completion, students will be able to value bonds and stocks, estimate asset returns according to their risk characteristics, choose projects that maximize shareholder's wealth using a wide range of analytical tools. They will also develop a good understanding on how firms finance their capital expenditure on their investment and the levels of dividends and other payouts for their shareholders. Finally, students will gain a basic understanding on derivatives such as options and futures, and apply them for sound risk management practices.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CORPFIN 7101NA
    Course Managerial Finance
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Quadmester 3
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Ngee Ann Academy
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Restrictions Available to Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Business Administration students only - other students must first meet with program director for enrolment approval
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Ralf Zurbrugg

    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. Explain the financial goal governing a firm’s financial decisions.
    2. Apply various valuation models to value long-term debt, preference shares and ordinary shares.
    3. Explain the importance, role and techniques of capital budgeting in a firm.
    4. Understand risk and return, diversifiable and non-diversifiable risk and asset pricing models.
    5. Understand how to determine the cost of capital of a firm.
    6. Explain the effects of financial leverage, and the factors underlying the selection of target capital structures.
    7. Understand the theories that try to explain capital structure and relevance to the real world.
    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)
    Objectives 1-7
    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
    Objectives 1-7
    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
    Objectives 1-7
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Objectives 1-7
    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
    Objectives 1-7
    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
    Objectives 1-7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Parrino et al., Fundamentals of Corporate Finance. 3rd Edition. Wiley. ISBN 978 0 471 27056 0

    Students also need access to Microsoft Excel.

    Recommended Resources
    Access to Financial newspapers (eg, Australian Financial Review, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg) is also recommended but not essential.
    Online Learning
    Videos off all topics, course materials and other learning resources are all located at the course MyUni website found at
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    In this course a mix of learning methods, including topic presentations, interactive discussion, the solving of assigned questions and problems on a regular basis, and sharing of business experiences and observation is used.

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

    Students should allocate up to eight hours per week of study time to do appropriate readings, solving set questions, problems, and assignments in addition to attendance at scheduled class sessions.
    Learning Activities Summary

    Topic Details Textbook
    1 Introduction: Issues in Corporate Finance - scope
    and activities of corporate finance, role of the corporate finance
    manager, key goal of financial management, the agency problem, and
    relationships with financial markets
    2 Valuation Principles: Introduction to time value of money, present values; single and multiple cash flows 3
    3 Discounted Cash Flow Vaulations: Pricing annuities, perpetuities, effectvie annual rates 4
    4 Principles of Risk and Return: Defining risk and return, Diversification benefits, principles of portfolio theory 5
    5 Market Efficiency and Bond Vaulation: Types of market efficiency, bond pricing, term structure of interest rates 6
    6 Share Valuation: Standard models for princing stocks 7
    7 Basics of Capital Budgeting: Learn methods to evaluate projects using NPV, IRR and payback methods 8
    8 Determining Free Cash Flows: work out what should and should not be considered as part of a project's free cash flows and comparing projects with different lifespans 9
    9 Cost of Capital: Understand the principles behind the Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC) 11
    10 Capital Structure: Cover the theories explaining capital structure and consider what factors determine an optimal capital structure for a company. 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
    The assessment consits of homework questions for each topic (worth a total of 40% of total marks), a group assignment worth 30% and a timed/set quiz worth 30%.
    Assessment Detail
    Both the homework and quiz assessment are to be conducted online and are individual assessments. Access to a computer and Microsoft Excel is required.

    The group assignment can have a maximum of 3 persons in the group.

    Please note that students need to attain a passing grade (50%) in each of the three aforementioned forms of assessments in order to pass the course.
    The assessed homework is conducted online as each Topic is completed. The quiz is also conducted at the end of the teaching period. However, a specified time will be advertised to take the quiz with strict time limits set to complete the quiz. 

    The group assignment is to be submitted through the MyUni course portal and students will have three weeks to complete the task from the date that the assignment is released to the students.
    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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