Financial Analysis for Decision Making - BUSN9143

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Autumn Term 7 15 (7.5) Angela Ransley checkmark-circle


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

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%)

Re-assessment method:
100% coursework.

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

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


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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