FORK 1012 Introduction to Finance

FORK 1012 Introduction to Finance

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FORK 1012
Course coordinator: 
Costas Xiouros
Leon Bogdan Stacescu
Course name in Norwegian: 
Introduction to Finance
Product category: 
Master - Preparatory course
2021 Autumn
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One semester

The aim of the preparatory course is to provide a basic overview of the concepts and tools used in everyday financial decisions.

It is made for those students without any background in finance, to help them in their transition to the program. All of these topics will be covered during the first semester but at a fast pace.

We start by examining the financial statements which are regularly submitted by firms. This is followed by an introduction to basic financial concepts, such as competitive market prices, the time value of money, risk aversion, value additivity, and the law of one price. We then apply these basic concepts by looking at investment decisions made by firms, as well as at the ways in which firms finance themselves through debt and equity securities.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

By the end of this course, you should have a grasp of the basic issues of capital budgeting and financing decisions made by firms.

Course content
  • Financial statement analysis
  • Basic financial concepts
  • Investment decision rules
  • Bonds
  • Stocks
Teaching and learning activities

Fully online course with videos, notes, and exercises.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

All courses in the Masters programme will assume that students have fulfilled the admission requirements for the programme. In addition, courses in second, third and/or fourth semester can have spesific prerequisites and will assume that students have followed normal study progression. For double degree and exchange students, please note that equivalent courses are accepted.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be deviations in teaching and learning activities as well as exams, compared with what is described in this course description.


Information about what is taught on campus and other digital forms will be presented with the lecture plan before the start of the course each semester.

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