FIN4021D Corporate Finance

Academic Year 2021/2022

Finance is concerned with how corporations raise, manage, and spend money. This is an introductory finance course designed to give you a basic comprehension of financial decision-making within a corporation. This course is important not only for those of you who are considering a career in the financial services industry, but also for those planning to enter other business disciplines, such as consulting, accounting, or strategic planning, where you need to understand what drives financial decisions in a company. By the end of this course you should understand one of the main goals of management: to maximise shareholder wealth. Given this, you should understand the main financial decisions facing the firm, how these decisions are related, and the financial tools that are available to facilitate these decisions. You should also be aware of the importance of finance in the broader
business environment.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding of essential components of introductory and several aspects of intermediate level corporate finance; specifically, regarding a central goal of corporate finance: to maximise shareholder value; also related decisions and financial tools to facilitate those
decisions. Acquired a "healthy" skepticism towards media and professional corporate finance related reports based on a sensible consideration of the data and techniques employed; Developed their capacity to apply their knowledge to address research, strategic and tactical questions in corporate
finance; Had the opportunity to practice problem solving and improve their analytical skills; An awareness of the importance of finance in the broader business environment.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students will attend classes for this module and have the opportunity to engage in active learning during these sessions. There will be in-class discussion and group work to analyse module concepts. Where appropriate, the module will incorporate case based learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Individual Assignment Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: Examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Group Assignment Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


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

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

General feedback is provided to students on all their submitted assessment components.

Name Role
Dr Orna O'Brien Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Small Group Offering 1 Week(s) - 18, 21 Sat 13:15 - 16:30
Small Group Offering 1 Week(s) - 26, 29 Sat 13:15 - 16:30