FIN20040 Foundations of Finance

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is an introduction to modern finance. An understanding of corporate finance is essential in an ever changing and dynamic business environment and this module will introduce the fundamental skills required. Topics covered include corporate governance and agency theory, valuation of bonds and stocks, capital investment decisions, cost of capital, and introduction to portfolio theory.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completing this module, you will be able to:
Describe the goal of corporations and agency problems.
Apply the techniques of capital budgeting and conduct basic project analysis.
Value bonds and common stocks.
Calculate firms' cost of capital.
Understand risk diversification and the security market line.

Indicative Module Content:

1.Intro to Corporate Finance & Corporate Governance
2.Financial Statement Analysis
3.Time Value of Money and Discounted Cash Flow
4.Bond Valuation and Markets
5.Equity Valuation and Markets
6.Net Present Value and Other Investment Criteria
7.Making Capital Investment Decisions
8.Risk, Return, and Security Market Line
9.Cost of Capital

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
ECON20190 - Introduction to Financial Econ, FIN10670 - Introduction to Finance, FIN20010 - Principles of Finance

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Class Test: Multiple choice exam Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Attendance: Tutorial Attedance Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Bloomberg Market Concepts Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: Thorough assessment of all topics 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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Name Role
Vidur Aggarwal Tutor
Ronan O'Donnabhain Tutor
Ms Ishika Tushar Trivedi Tutor