Module code: MANM318

Module Overview

The module studies the various approaches to equity investment analysis, providing a systematic understanding of the challenges faced and the decisions to be taken when analysing and valuing corporate equity. It encompasses the principles and practice of valuation of companies’ shares. This is approached from several different aspects; industry analysis, company analysis, stock index valuation and the link between valuation and investment style. Real corporate analysis will be undertaken to highlight and evaluate the different approaches to investment analysis. This module is particularly useful for students considering a career in finance; investment management, investment banking, private equity or venture capital, but is also useful for those involved in other areas of corporate management where knowledge of investment analysis and company valuation is important.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: N321

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 33

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Overview of Equity Investment Analysis

  • Valuation Principles and Practice

  • Security Valuation Principles

  • Industry Analysis: Drivers of Value

  • Company Analysis and Stock Valuation

  • Security Selection: Valuation and Style

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test CLASS TEST (50 MINS) 30

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

  • Knowledge of the role of investment analysis and how to apply the appropriate methods of investment analysis in order to critically evaluate financial opportunities.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) e-learning course modules: Equities and Economics. Completion by week 5.

  • Closed book class test 50 minutes based on the first 4 weeks lectures to be held in week 6

  • A 1 1/2 hour closed book exam covering all topics will be held at the end of the module.

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will receive oral feedback during seminars.

Feedback and guidance will be given via SurreyLearn throughout the module.

The class test provides feedback on theoretical underpinnings and typical calculations giving students an early indication where more work may be required.

Module aims

  • The aim of the module is to provide the student with the ability to critically evaluate the different approaches to investment analysis and equity valuation. This enables the student to select the approach or combination of approaches which will yield the most suitable analysis when considering the nature of the industry a company operates in, various stock market environments and the stock specific considerations of that company. The module will extend this analysis into the area of behavioural investment analysis where analytical criteria and valuation methods determine investment style; thus empowering the student to select an investment style which suits their investment philosophy.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Understand and be able to evaluate the role of investment analysis, the drivers of industry value and the drivers of corporate value. KPT
002 Possess the skills to deal with complex issues systematically and make sound analytical recommendations or judgements. CPT
003 Be able to critically evaluate financial opportunities using the appropriate methods of investment analysis. CPT
004 Be able to analyse a wide range of industries and companies using a range of valuation methodologies and comparative and relative valuation techniques. CPT
005 Possess the ability to estimate intrinsic value, relative value and a range of financial multiples for corporate equity. KC
006 Be able to select an investment style in accordance with their own beliefs or biases. KPT
007 Be able to use Bloomberg as an investment tool. KPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to facilitate students understanding of applied finance; how to analyse real companies and industries using a range of theoretical approaches.

The learning and teaching methods include:

The teaching and learning methods includes lectures to establish key principles, seminars to focus on practical application and the use of SurreyLearn to facilitate discussion and distribution of additional materials and data sources.

ELearning via Bloomberg will be used to reinforce key market concepts.

Additional resources such as Company Accounts will be used where appropriate.

Lectures will comprise 2 hours per week for 11 weeks plus 1 hour per week of seminars.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Corporate Finance MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Investment Management MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
International Corporate Finance MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.