The module will introduce various tools for conducting financial analyses that will support management decision-making. There will be emphasis on the relevance of each tool in the context of decision-making and assumed objectives. There will be emphasis given to discussions on the interpretations of outcomes, the complex interrelationships involved and the implications of an uncertain decision-making environment.
Although further development of numerical competency is likely to be one outcome of this module it is not a key focus. The module has been designed to capture the financial perspective of Strategic thinking that underlies management decision-making.
The module will include macro and micro focuses for decision-making, as well as considering the necessary adjustments for the risky environments in which mangers operate.
Contact hours: 36
Private study hours: 114
Total hours: 150
Method of assessment
Main assessment methods
Group presentation, 20 min (30%)
Individual report, 2,000 words (70%)
Atrill, P. & McLaney, E. (2017) Accounting and Finance for Non-Specialists 10th edn., Pearson Education. ISBN 9781292135601
Watson, D and Head, A (2016), Corporate Finance: Principles and Practice, 7th Edition, Financial Times/Prentice Hall. ISBN 9781292103037
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
-Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of finance theories and concepts and their application to a range of decisions, including strategic management and the creation, growth, transformation and performance of firms, considering the risky operating environment.
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge of how to use financial data received so as to generate relevant information that will provide comprehensive guidance for decision-making and responsible management, whilst recognising the limitations of its usefulness.
- Analyse complex data, using a range of financial tools available to support investment appraisal and be able to interpret the implications for decision-making.
- Demonstrate understanding of a range of stakeholders' perspectives
- Structure analyses with respect to organisational goals, including to maximise resources.
The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Structure, develop and defend complex and original arguments.
- Critically analyse structured and unstructured problems.
- Apply quantitative techniques for solving complex problems within a finance context.
- Communicate effectively, using appropriate formats
- Work effectively in a team environment
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Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
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