GRA 6025 Financial Management

GRA 6025 Financial Management

Course code: 
GRA 6025
Department: 
Finance
Credits: 
6
Program of study: 
Master of Science in Leadership and Organisational Psychology
Course coordinator: 
Leon Bogdan Stacescu
Product category: 
Master
Portfolio: 
MSc - Core course
Semester: 
2019 Autumn
Active status: 
Active
Teaching language: 
English
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

The finance discipline has over the last decades matured to the point where there exists a sound body of theory. In this introductory course, the theory of finance will be illustrated and applied to problems in corporate finance.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

Learning to cope with routine problems is easy, for instance by developing a list of rules for dealing with such problems. However, full reliance on the list-of-rules approach is insufficient as problems that do not fit these rules will be encountered. A thorough understanding of financial theory will facilitate transcending the simple rules.
The course focuses on the understanding of the way information is conveyed between companies and investors, of the main sources of value creation within firms, of the importance of competition and incentives.

By the end of the course, students should have become familiar with corporate financial statements, the time value of money, the determinants of interest rates, the term structure of interest rates, basic bond and stock valuation, capital budgeting, capital structure, payout policy, and basic valuation of companies and projects including the effects of leverage.

Learning outcomes - Skills

There is a special emphasis on the quantitative skills required to measure the value created by companies in an economy. The focus is on the following key skills:

  • using financial statements, and understanding the links between them;
  • understanding the time value of money and the correct use of discounting and compounding;
  • producing cash flow projections;
  • making investment decisions based on standard investment decision rules;
  • using the term structure of interest rates to price fixed-income securities;
  • evaluating the effect of different capital structure and payout policies on firm value;
  • basic project and company valuation.

Students will have the opportunity to practice these skills through examples and exercises, both in class and as homework assignments.

General Competence

Understanding the sources of value in a company is a key issue throughout the course. Students are encouraged to reflect on the main factors that influence the value of the firm, the impact of financial market competition and financial market frictions on firm value, and the link between the firm's product markets and their financing.

Course content
  • Finance- An Introduction
  • Accounting Statements and Cash Flows
  • Value and Capital Budgeting
    • Net Present Value
    • Valuation of Bonds and Stocks
    • Alternative Investments Rules
    • Capital Budgeting
  • Uncertainty
    • Capital Market Theory
    • Risk and return
    • The Capital Asset Pricing Model
  • Risk, Return and Capital Budgeting
  • Capital Structure and PayoutPolicy
    • Overview of Capital Structure Theories
    • Payout Policy
  • Introduction to valuation
Teaching and learning activities

The instruction consists primarily of presentations and discussions of the readings assigned to the topics listed above. Students are expected to have read the material before each class meeting.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

Please note that while attendance is not compulsory in all courses, it is the student’s own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class.

This is a course with continuous assessment (several exam components) and one final exam code. Each exam component is graded by using points on a scale from 0-100. The components will be weighted together according to the information in the course description in order to calculate the final letter grade for the examination code (course). Students who fail to participate in one/some/all exam elements will get a lower grade or may fail the course. You will find detailed information about the point system and the cut off points with reference to the letter grades when the course starts.

At resit, all exam components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course.

Qualifications

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 specific prerequisites and will assume that students have followed normal study progression. For double degree and exchange students, please note that equivalent courses are accepted.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationSupport materialsGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA 60251
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
20No 8 Week(s)Individual Assignment
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA 60251
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
20Yes2 Hour(s)
  • BI-approved exam calculator
  • Simple calculator
  • Bilingual dictionary
Individual Written mid-term examination under supervision.
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA 60251
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
60Yes3 Hour(s)
  • BI-approved exam calculator
  • Simple calculator
  • Bilingual dictionary
  • Interest table
Individual Final written examination under supervision
Exams:
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:20
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Individual
Support materials:
Duration: 8 Week(s)
Comment:Assignment
Exam code: GRA 60251
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:20
Invigilation:Yes
Grouping (size):Individual
Support materials:
  • BI-approved exam calculator
  • Simple calculator
  • Bilingual dictionary
Duration:2 Hour(s)
Comment:Written mid-term examination under supervision.
Exam code: GRA 60251
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:60
Invigilation:Yes
Grouping (size):Individual
Support materials:
  • BI-approved exam calculator
  • Simple calculator
  • Bilingual dictionary
  • Interest table
Duration:3 Hour(s)
Comment:Final written examination under supervision
Exam code: GRA 60251
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Continuous assessment
Grading scale: 
ECTS
Total weight: 
100