Corporate Finance

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Autumn & Spring
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 20 March 2020
01 July 2019


Requisites for this module


BE329, BE331, BE332, BE335, BE630, BE937

Key module for

BSC N400JS Accounting,
BSC N420JS Accounting and Finance,
BSC N390JS Banking and Finance

Module description

The purpose of this module is to provide an introduction to corporate financial decision making. The focus is on the two major types of corporate decisions: investment decisions (spending capital) and financing decisions (raising capital). We will also present the fundamental theory of payout policy and capital structure, and introduce option pricing theory as a tool for valuing corporate flexibility. Finally, we review some smaller topics: debt financing, risk management, working capital management, and corporate restructuring.

Module aims

The module aims to give the students an introduction to the main concepts associated with corporate financial decision making.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. Understand the concepts of value, net present value, and risk, and how to apply these in financial decision making
2. Understand the process of capital budgeting and the concept of efficient markets
3. Understand the fundamental principles of capital structure and payout policy
4. Understand the fundamental principles of option pricing theory and how to apply these in financial decision making

Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)

The students will learn communication skills. Additionally, the students will learn structured problem solving – how to structure a problem and break it down into manageable smaller bits.

Module information

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Learning and teaching methods

1. There will be a double lecture weeks 1 – 6 and 8 – 10. 2. There will be a single tutorial for all students weeks 1 – 10. 3. There will be a fortnightly class for students in smaller groups run by GTAs. You will be informed of which group you belong to and what the dates are for your classes.


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Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
30% 0%


Coursework Exam
30% 70%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Norvald Instefjord
Tel: (01206) 874160 Email:



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
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Further information
Essex Business School

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