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Unit information: Financial Management in 2021/22

Unit name Financial Management
Unit code EFIMM0115
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Zheng
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Accounting and Finance
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit aims to give students a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of Financial Management. The unit will serve as the foundation for second term optional units in accounting and finance. The following key areas will be covered: understanding and interpretation of financial statement via ratio analysis, corporate investment appraisal, capital structure optimization and financing decisions, portfolio diversification, asset pricing models and market efficiency.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a student will be able to:

  1. Analyse and interpret company accounts using ratio anaylsis, including key performance indicators such as price earnings ratio and measures of return on capital and gearing;
  2. Apply principles of investment appraisal;
  3. Discuss sources of long-term finance and the role of corporate taxes in the optimal capital structure decision;
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the principles of portfolio theory;
  5. Solve financial problems in the context of uncertainty, such as calculating the cost of equity using the Capital Asset Pricing Model and the weighted average cost of capital in the presence of debt;
  6. Demonstrate understanding of issues of market efficiency.
  7. Discuss corporate decisions by incorporating currency risks in an international environment.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, tutorials, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities

Assessment Information

This unit will be assessed by 100% individual coursework


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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