Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Corporate Finance

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Banking and Finance

DESCRIPTION The study-uinit principally describes the theory and practice of business finance and financial management with special reference to the perspectives relevant to managers. The course is divided into a theoretical overview, and case application of the relative theory. The theories of risk, capital budgeting, financing decisions figure highly in this course. The first units focus on Investment Decisions and Strategies, the Foundations of Corporate Finance and Objectives of Decision Making. Then the subject will look at Investment and Project appraisal methods and the Investment Strategy and Process. The next sections will look into Value, Risk and the Required Return, Valuing Investments and Shares, Enterprise value and equity value Risk and Return. Later it will delve into subjects to the likes of Financing and Policies, Treasury Management, working capital policy, Payout Theory/Policy, Strategic Financial Decisions such using Long-term finance, Returning value to shareholders: the dividend decision, Capital structure and the required return, on whether capital structure really matters, Acquisitions and Restructuring, and International Corporate Finance - Managing Currency Risk and Foreign Investments Decisions.

Study-unit Aims:

To equip participants to: anticipate management strategic decisions in response to market conditions and shareholders aims and objectives, to use valuation techniques, to assess possibilities to enhance values, Identify capital structures and financing alternatives that optimise the cost of capital and shareholder value within the client’s own risk parameters, to recommend attractive, client focused changes to corporate and financial strategies that are value-enhancing and appropriate to current market conditions.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

Participants will learn how corporate finance techniques can be used to identify business development opportunities for clients and to quantify the benefits of alternative financing and business solutions.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

Take better management strategic decisions, to use valuation techniques, to Identify capital structures and financing alternatives, to optimise the cost of capital and shareholder value within a firm, to recommend attractive, client focused changes to corporate and financial strategies. They will also be equipped with knowledge of assumptions taken in models used and how to optimise them.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text:
Corporate Finance and Investment: Decisions and Strategies, by Richard Pike and Bill Neale, Seventh Edition, FT Prentice Hall, Pearson Education Limited 2009.
All students are expected to acquire the textbook since all lectures will be based on this book.

Principles of Corporate Finance Concise Edition: Richard A. Brealey, Stewart C. Myers and Franklin Allen. McGraw-Hill International Edition ISBN 978-007128916-0.

Applied Corporate Finance: 4th Edition. Aswath Damodaran.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 50%
Online Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Peter J. Baldacchino
Simon Grima
Robert M. Suban

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It should be noted that all the information in the description above applies to study-units available during the academic year 2020/1. It may be subject to change in subsequent years.