Financial Management

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
30 October 2023


Requisites for this module
BE110 and BE111 and BE311 and BE313



Key module for


Module description

In this module, we examine a range of cases typically encountered in financial management practice. In practice, financial management employs a set of tools and techniques. While the fundamental principles of corporate financial decision making are covered in earlier modules such as BE311 Corporate Finance, in this module, we study the tools that support the corporate financial decision-making process. The focus is on the applied aspects of financial management within a case context.

Module aims

The aim of this module is:

  • To provide an understanding of the workings of modern financial management techniques and the skills to employ the techniques in support of corporate decision making processes.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Contextualise financial management within firms’ business and economic environments. 

  2. Understand and employ, within a case context, relevant models and techniques of investment appraisal, managing firms’ liquidity needs, balancing firms’ long-term financing and investment needs, mitigating interest rate and foreign exchange risks, business valuation.

Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)

  1. Apply valuation techniques, appraise investment and financing choices, balancing liquidity needs as well as mitigating interest rate and foreign exchange risks.

  2. Contextualise the impact of the economic and ethical environments on financial management decisions.

  3. Apply the relevant theoretical knowledge in business practice, especially financial management techniques, to analyse business cases.

  4. Synthesize and assess information, while thinking critically, when making decisions as a financial manager. 

Module information

The module is designed for students who seek exemption from ACCA Financial Management module, and has similar content as that module.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • One 2-hour lecture per week.
  • One 1-hour tutorial per week.
  • One revision lecture in the summer term.

Lectures may be held either online or on campus, details and timings of which will be on your timetables.

The tutorial associated with a lecture is usually held the week following the lecture. The tutorials are usually held online.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   MOODLE TEST     
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Closed Book, 180 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Closed Book, 180 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
30% 70%


Coursework Exam
0% 100%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Hardy Thomas, email:
Dr Hardy Thomas



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 38 hours, 36 (94.7%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
2 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Essex Business School

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