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EXC 3601 Financial Decision Making - RE-SIT EXAMINATION


EXC 3601 Financial Decision Making - RE-SIT EXAMINATION

Responsible for the course
Bogdan Stacescu

Department of Financial Economics

According to study plan

ECTS Credits

Language of instruction

The essence of business administration includes corporate finance (i.e. 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 this second 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 Financial Decision Making is mainly focused on financing issues and management of financial risks. By studying the main activities carried out in a company as financing projects over multiple periods, emphasis is placed on evaluating all economic effects of the project and of taking a long-term perspective. The course therefore starts with capital structure and dividend decisions, followed by risk management topics.

Learning outcome
Acquired knowledge
After taking the course, the students shall be able to explain key concepts and give an account of the tools used in analyses of corporate finance problems (these tools include methods, techniques, models, theories, etc. applied in the subject area).

  • Examples of concepts that students shall be able to explain: differentiate between the advantages and/or disadvantages of different financing instruments, capital structure decisions in different tax regimes, how dividend decisions might affect firm value, the difference between a merger and an acquisition, how foreign exchange risk affects financing decisions, the key concepts of derivatives and how they can be used to manage financial risk
  • Examples from the toolbox: valuation methods, cash flow effects of paying (distribution) policy, option pricing, foreign exchange relationships.

Acquired skills
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:
  • When the tool is given, be able to apply the tool correctly
  • Based on simple situation descriptions, choose the right tool and apply it correctly
  • Based on more complex situation descriptions, be able to produce relevant information, link it to the suitable tool and apply the tool correctly

After taking the course, the students shall be able to ask critical questions and reflect on crucial assumptions and theories within the field of corporate finance.

The course is based on Basic Financial Management from the Bachelor of Business Administration Programme or equivalent.

Compulsory reading
Hillier, David ... [et al.]. 2014. Fundamentals of corporate finance. 2nd European ed. McGraw-Hill Education

Recommended reading

Course outline

  • Financing
  • Capital Structure Decisions
  • Dividend Policy
  • Mergers and Aquisitions
  • International Financial Management
  • Options
  • Risk Management
  • What We Do and What We Do Not Know about Finance

Computer-based tools
Students are recommended to use computer-based tools, e.g. spreadsheets. Such tools, however, are not allowed at the examination.

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 the text book.

The following is an indication of the time required:
Plenary tutorials where exercises will be explained
Preparation for lectures and plenary tutorials
Preparation for hand-in assignment
Preparation for the final exam
Total recommended use of time

    A three-hour multiple-choice examination concludes the course.
    Examination code(s)
    EXC 36011 - Multiple Choice exam accounts for 100% of the grade in the course EXC 3601 Financial Decision Making, 7.5 credits.

    Examination support materials
    The BI-approved examination calculator, interest rate tables and a bilingual dictionary are allowed.
    Examination support materials at written examiniations are explained under examination information in the student portal @BI. Please note use of calculator and dictionary.

    Re-sit examination
    Extraordinary re-sit is offered autumn 2015 and last time spring 2016.

    Additional information