APPLIES TO ACADEMIC YEAR 2012/2013
EXC 2110 Basic Financial Management|
Responsible for the course
Department of Financial Economics
According to study plan
Language of instruction
The essence of business administration includes corporate finance (=investment and financing). Good knowledge within these areas is a necessary prerequisite to understand the economic content of investment and financing decisions, obtain decision-relevant information, discuss and assess alternatives, make correct decisions and convey relevant and useful information.
The aim of the first course within the field of corporate finance is to provide the students with essential basic knowledge and skills, so that they can take part in discussions on problems in finance and carry out simple analyses within the field, make correct decisions and communicate the results of the analyses in a comprehensible manner.
The course Basic Financial Management is mainly focused on capital budgeting. By studying the main activities carried out in a company as an investment project over several periods, emphasis is placed on considering all economic effects of the project and of taking a long-term perspective (over several years, until the project is completed). The course therefore starts with capital budgeting. The finance area also focuses on how uncertainty affects decisions on which investments should be made (the risk and return on individual projects and portfolios) and owners’, creditors’ and companies’ capital costs.
After taking the course, the students shall be able to (a) apply knowledge (i.e. concepts and skills) in analyses and discussions on financial problems, (b) distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information, and (c) give written answers to questions so that the readers understand the applied methods and conclusions. Examples:
After taking the course, the students shall be able to ask critical questions and reflect on crucial assumptions and theories within the business economics field.
Students are advised to make use of computer-based tools in the course, for instance spreadsheets. At the examination, however, computer-based tools are not allowed.
Learning process and workload
The course will include a combination of lectures and plenary tutorials where solutions to exercises will be explained.
Please note that whilst attendance is not compulsory, it is the students responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that is not included on the course homepage/It's learning or text book.
There will be two mandatory hand-in assignments. The assignments will be in the form of two small cases selected from the end-of-chapter mini-cases in the textbook.
The following is an indication of the time required:
Note that successful completion (approved / not approved) of the two hand-in assignments is required to sit for the final exam.
A three-hour individual multiple choice exam concludes the course.
EXC 21101 – Multiple-choice examination, accounts for 100% of the grade in EXC 2110 Basic Financial Management 7,5 ECTS credits.
Examination support materials
Interest tables and BI-approved exam calculator and allowed. TEXAS INSTRUMENTS BA II Plus™
One bilingual dictionary may also be used. Support materials permitted at written examiniations are explained under exam information in our web-based Student handbook. Please note use of calculator and dictionary. http://www.bi.edu/studenthandbook/examaids
A re-sit is held in connection with the next scheduled exam in the course.
Students that have not got approved for the two hand-in assignments must retake the exercises during the next scheduled course. Students that have not passed the written exam or who wish to improve their grade must retake the exam in connection with the next scheduled course.