Corporate Finance

Course code GSBS6130Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

The course provides an introduction to corporate financial theory and application of theory to problems relevant to managers and is designed as a core course in the Master of Applied Finance. Topics covered will include: specification of corporate objectives, evaluation of investment projects, alternative sources of finance, risk, the operation of capital markets, the financing decision, the dividend decision, and the cost of capital.

Available in 2015

Newcastle City PrecinctTrimester 2
Sydney Bathurst StreetTrimester 3
WebLearn GradSchoolTrimester 1, Trimester 3
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Appreciate the importance of finance and risk in personal/business decisions;
2. Communicate with clarity the investment, financing and dividend decision processes of the firm;
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the role cash flow estimates and analysis have in these decision processes;
4. Utilise financial mathematical models to solve investment problems;
5. Display an understanding of capital asset pricing model;
6. Identify the basic instruments of corporate funding and have an elementary understanding of the issues underlying capital structure theory and practice; and
7. Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of risk management and its importance to management.
ContentTopics covered in this course include but are not limited to the following:
1. Specification of corporate objectives;
2. the time value of money;
3. evaluation of investment projects;
4. risk and return concepts;
5. introduction to capital asset pricing model;
6. capital markets;
7. sources of finance;
8. financing decisions;
9. dividend decisions;
10.cost of capital.
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNo prior knowledge of corporate finance is required however it is expected that students have the required academic skills in information collection, evaluation, compilation and presentation.
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Quiz - Class
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for GSBS6130