Corporate Finance

10 Units

The course provides an introduction to corporate financial theory and application of theory to problems relevant to managers and is designed as a core course in the Master of Applied Finance. Topics covered will include: specification of corporate objectives, evaluation of investment projects, alternative sources of finance, risk, the operation of capital markets, the financing decision, the dividend decision, and the cost of capital.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Business School
Availability Trimester 1 - 2014 (Newcastle City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Newcastle City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Block 4 - 2014 (Singapore SAA Global)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Newcastle City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (Newcastle City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst Street)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the importance of finance and risk in personal/business decisions;
  2. Communicate with clarity the investment, financing and dividend decision processes of the firm;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the role cash flow estimates and analysis have in these decision processes;
  4. Utilise financial mathematical models to solve investment problems;
  5. Display an understanding of capital asset pricing model;
  6. Identify the basic instruments of corporate funding and have an elementary understanding of the issues underlying capital structure theory and practice; and
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of risk management and its importance to management.

Topics covered in this course include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Specification of corporate objectives;
  2. the time value of money;
  3. evaluation of investment projects;
  4. risk and return concepts;
  5. intorduction to capital asset pricing model;
  6. capital markets;
  7. sources of finance;
  8. financing decisions;
  9. dividend decisions; 10.cost of capital.
Replacing Course(s) Not applicable
Transition Not applicable
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge No prior knowledge of corporate finance is required however it is expected that students have the required academic skills in information collection, evaluation, compilation and presentation.
Modes of Delivery External Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Lecture
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments -
  • Examination: Formal -
  • Quiz - Class -
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for GSBS6130

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