Module code: MANM063

Module Overview

This module is designed to provide a substantial course in a synthetic form of Corporate Finance, financial resources management, risk management, and financial markets at a level appropriate to MBA and also to serve as a springboard to advanced specialist finance studies.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: N300

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 90

Lecture Hours: 12

Seminar Hours: 30

Guided Learning: 6

Captured Content: 12

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Further issues in Capital Budgeting

  • Financial Derivatives and Corporate Finance

  • Capital structure and the cost of capital

  • Dividend policy

  • Financial Strategies in mergers and acquisitions and business re-organisations

  • Portfolio theory and the capital asset pricing model

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of module learning outcomes.

The assessment methods include three individual assignments with 2 worth 30% and one worth 40%.

These assignments will address all of the module learning outcomes, including the development of analytical abilities, using concepts derived from the financial strategy syllabus, directed towards business problem-solving in an international environment.

Formative assessment and feedback

The teaching staff are available during office hours and are happy to give individual feedback on the lectures and course materials during those hours.  The feedback process will incorporate not just the grades but further reading and advice to facilitate learning. be held through the lecture series.

Module aims

  • provide participants with both theoretical and practical understanding of how financial strategy can be formulated
  • develop an in depth understanding of corporate finance theories, and practical awareness of how these theories are applied to real business world
  • provide comprehensive knowledge of how businesses and corporations utilise financial resources and financial markets in a variety of situations, including start-up ventures, establishing corporations, corporate re-structuring in order to achieve the ultimate goal of maximising the value of their enterprise
  • introduce theories and practices of financial risk management

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the key corporate finance theories, including valuation theory, capital markets and portfolio management, capital asset pricing, corporate financing, corporate re-structuring and risk management KCPT
002 Awareness of the importance of strategic financial decisions on the performance of a company KCPT
003 Critically evaluate financial strategy and risk management in the business and be able to make appropriate decisions KCPT
004 Ability to balance the relative advantages of alternative financial strategies KCPT
005 Use advanced valuation skills and metrics in capital budgeting. 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 designed to:

incorporate a variety of learning methodologies to enable participation from a range of individual learning styles.

The learning and teaching methods include:


SurreyLearn is used to support and facilitate the student experience and includes activities that allow students to test their knowledge and understanding of the theories and concepts applied in the financial management context.

Lectures/seminars/simulations/Cases Studies

Lectures are used to introduce, compare, contrast and contextualise theories and concepts.  Their primary aim is to improve student understanding and knowledge.  Students acquire their professional and practical skills and intellectual and cognitive skills through a menu of delivery modes.

Seminars are used to apply theories and concepts to case studies and scenarios and students are encouraged to develop contextually relative thinking and a deeper appreciation of the subject matter.  Students are actively encouraged to work in teams and to present their findings to other students at regular intervals.

Simulations are used to help introduce real life scenarios and raise awareness of the importance of financial management decisions on the performance of a company these are coupled with the use of case studies and input from current practitioners.



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

Digital Capabilities:  Students will be expected to use Excel in classroom activities and in written assignments. 

Global Capabilities:  The module is based on international financial reporting standards (IRFS) which are widely used globally.  Students will also gain an understanding of global financial markets. 

Employability:  Students will gain important understanding of financial terminology and apply a range of analytical and modelling techniques to analyse financial information for use in strategic business decision-making.  

Sustainability:  Students will explore how strategic corporate aims, budgeting and financial reporting help promote the environmental, social and governance aspects of a business.   

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Master of Business Administration MBA 2 Optional 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 2024/5 academic year.