|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
Term 2 - Online
Term 4 - Online
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject is designed to equip students with the tools necessary to enable them to make the core decisions faced by managers and investors. The first part of the subject deals with establishing the environment in which organizations operate, namely the objectives of the suppliers of financial and human capital. The subject then considers the basic tools commonly employed by financial managers and investors including discounted cash flow techniques and financial mathematics. Measures and definitions of alternative forms of risk are considered and the relation between risk and expected reward in capital markets is established. Finally, the subject considers the important decisions faced by firms (investment, financing, dividend policy, hedging and executive compensation) and by investors (the composition of their optimal retirement portfolio).
Intended learning outcomes
- Analyse the environment in which organizations operate, namely the objectives of suppliers of financial and human capital;
- Apply basic financial mathematical techniques;
- Recognise the fundamentals of capital budgeting; the foundation for the use discounted cash flow techniques and the contribution of alternative methods of project evaluation;
- Explain the benefits of diversification and the main drivers of those benefits;
- Differentiate between alternative forms of risk and understand the link between risk and return in a competitive market;
- Describe the nature of leverage and the constraints borrowers face in its use;
- Evaluate the alternatives available to a firm when deciding how to distribute its profits;
- Analyse hedging decisions and their effect on investor and/or manager utility; and
- Understand the costs and incentive effects of alternate executive compensation packages.