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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2018-2019 (archived)


Department: Business School (Economics and Finance)


Type Tied Level 2 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2018/19 Module Cap None. Location Durham
Tied to NN43
Tied to N302
Tied to N304
Tied to NN42
Tied to N204
Tied to N206
Tied to N305
Tied to N306
Tied to N307


  • Foundations of Finance


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • Provide students with theoretical knowledge and practical understanding of key theories in finance and corporate policy decisions by building on and developing the knowledge and skills acquired at Level 1.
  • To provide students with a good grounding for undertaking a dissertation in the finance field.
  • Familiarise students with selected empirical issues and methods of analysis of corporate financial decisions within the broader framework of financial theories.


  • The following is indicative of the types of area to be covered:
  • Asymmetric information, agency theory and corporate governance
  • Measures of risk, mean variance analysis and portfolio theory
  • The Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), it's extensions and Arbitrage Pricing Theory (APT)
  • Advanced Equity Valuation: Present Value Models (Free Cash Flow Valuation) & Multiplier Models (Enterprise Valuation)
  • Capital Structure and the cost of capital: Theory and empirical evidence
  • Dividend policy: Theory and empirical evidence
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Control

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Have knowledge and understanding of essential principles of Corporate Finance
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Be able to use principles of Corporate Finance to analyse financial issues
Key Skills:
  • Written Communication - through summative assessment.
  • Planning, Organisation and Time Management - e.g. by preparing for examinations.
  • Problem Solving and Analysis - e.g. by applying the necessary analytical and quantitative skills, as well as the ability to manipulate concepts in corporate finance, in undertaking assessed work.
  • Numeracy - e.g. by applying core mathematical and statistical skills to answer a range of class and examination questions.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Teaching is by lectures and tutorials. Learning takes place through attendance at lectures, preparation for and participation in tutorial classes, and private study. Formative assessment is by means of one piece of written work. Summative assessment is by means of a written examination.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 20 1 per week 1 hour 20
Revision Lecture 2 1 per week 1 hour 2
Tutorials 8 Fortnightly 1 hour 8
Preparation and Reading 170
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
One written examination 2 hours 30mins 100% same

Formative Assessment:

One piece of written work of not more than 1500 words.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University