Introduction to Corporate Finance

This course offers an introduction into the essential concepts of corporate finance, providing students with a foundation and the tools needed to start their learning journey in the world of corporate finance.

The course begins with a practical case study to immediately ground students in real-world application, then progresses to demystify the core elements of corporate finance. Starting with an understanding of financial statements, tax implications, and cash flows, students build a robust base from which to explore more intricate topics. The curriculum guides students through the valuation of stocks and bonds, the concept of net present value, and capital budgeting.

As the course advances, students will navigate through the critical concepts of capital and security market lines, enhancing their comprehension of capital structure, dividend policies, and the nuances of short-term financial planning. In its concluding modules, the course covers mergers and acquisitions, options, and the global dimensions of corporate finance.

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  • Case based learning preparing students for exams and/or professional assignments
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  • Customized learning journey aligned to your course’s learning objectives

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Overview of Contents

Fundamentals of Corporate Finance

This introductory section lays the groundwork for understanding corporate finance, beginning with an overview of its principles and the role they play in business. Students will learn to interpret financial statements and perform cash flow analysis, which are essential for financial decision-making. The section further covers the time value of money, and the calculation of present and future values. Students will then explore the valuation of bonds and stocks, and delve into the concepts of risk and return, learning how these affect investment decisions.

Capital Structure and Financing

In this section the focus is on the cost of capital and its implications for investment strategies. Students will examine the factors influencing capital structure decisions and learn how companies choose between debt and equity financing. Dividend policies and considerations for internal financing are also discussed, providing students with a comprehensive understanding of how companies manage their financial resources for long-term success.

Advanced Topics

The section of the course introduces students to more complex concepts and practices in the field. Topics covered include the strategic and financial aspects of mergers and acquisitions and company valuation. The section further introduces options and corporate securities, enriching students’ knowledge of financial instruments. Lastly, international corporate finance is addressed, with a focus on the challenges and opportunities of exchange rates, foreign investment, and cross-border financial management.
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