Module code: MAN2165

Module Overview

The prime motivator in business activity is sustainable profitability for shareholders' wealth maximization. It follows that all managers are likely to perform better towards that goal if they understand the mechanisms for achieving sustainable profit by acting in the interest of stakeholders. This module is designed to give students the necessary basic background in finance to enable them to be effective business managers. It covers the fundamental principles of corporate finance and investment in bonds, stocks, and projects, along with day-to-day working capital management.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 110

Lecture Hours: 10

Seminar Hours: 10

Guided Learning: 10

Captured Content: 10

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

Introduction to Business Finance
Corporate Governance
Financial Analysis and Planning – includes profitability,liquidity and investment ratios. Earnings per share (EPS). The limitations of ratio analysis.
Working Capital Management – The elements and importance of working capital. Management of inventories, accounts payable, accounts receivable and cash. Determining working capital needs and funding strategies.
Time Value of Money – discounted cash flow valuation.
Asset Valuation – valuing bonds and equities
Capital Investment Appraisal- introduction to average accounting return, internal rate of return and net present value

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Online Scheduled Summative Class Test CLASS TEST SET TIME AND DATE 30
Examination Online EXAM SET TIME AND DATE 70

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

There are two summative assessments for this module: a class test and an end of semester examination.

Class test

The class test will comprise multiple choice questions and/or questions requiring short written answers. 


The exam paper will include scenario questions.  Questions may contain several parts (part (a), part (b) etc).

Assessment questions

Assessments will include both quantitative and qualitative questions.

Quantitative questions are designed to assess numerical, application of knowledge and analytical skills.

Qualitative questions will assess application of knowledge, synthesis, creative thinking and problem-solving skills.

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessments such as a sample class test and exam paper will be available to support students in preparation for summative assessments and to provide ongoing feedback. Such feedback will help students identify their strengths and weaknesses and help develop revision plans for the summative assessments.

Students are also expected to engage with other feedback provided during seminars and feedback and advice hours throughout the semester.

Module aims

  • Develop an understanding of the principles of financial management and an appreciation of the role of the finance function in the commercial life of a business
  • Explore techniques for use in evaluating the financial needs of a business and in financial planning
  • Explore and compare different investment opportunities and sources of short and long-term finance, including Sustainable Finance

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Recognise the role and scope of corporate finance and corporate governance in the effective and efficient financial management of a business. K
002 Prepare financial planning models and ratio analysis in order to assess the performance of firms and use the results to inform financing decisions. KCPT
003 Apply time value of money techniques in interpreting cash flows occurring in different time periods, including the valuation of bonds and shares. KCP
004 Evaluate potential investment opportunities, including situations involving capital rationing. KCP
005 Advise on the efficient management of cash and working capital and appropriate sources of short-term finance. KCPT

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 based on a hybrid teaching model, incorporating elements of both live and on-demand learning.

On-demand learning is designed for students to explore the topics in their own time and includes a range of guided learning activities.  Guided learning activities may include pre-recorded videos, practice questions & solutions, quizzes, discussion forum and links to further reading.

Live learning allows students to explore and engage in discussions on the topics, including current developments in the financial markets, and also to practise more complex questions and receive answers and feedback to queries from their tutor.

This learning and teaching strategy provides students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and to understand the relevant theory in the context of current developments in the financial markets and develop effective solutions for decision making in the context of case study scenarios.

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.

Reading list
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Other information

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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 2024/5 academic year.