Online Courses: MBA

Financial Management

Overview and aims

This module is designed to critically evaluate internal and external financial information and to use this to appraise corporate performance and strategy. The module aims:

  • to critically evaluate the role of value maximisation in corporate objectives
  • to demonstrate expertise in financial analysis of corporate performance
  • to select and apply appropriate financial tools and techniques to both long- and short-term decisions and recommend appropriate courses of action
  • to assess the informational content of financial reports on external and internal stakeholders
  • to demonstrate an awareness of the role of finance in a strategic decision-making context

Module content

  • Shareholder value maximisation versus stakeholder value maximisation
  • Internal and external financial statements and reports
  • Financial analysis: tools, techniques and assessment
  • Role of financial strategy in corporate strategy
  • Evaluating long term decisions: tools, techniques and appraisal
  • Evaluating short term decisions: tools, techniques and appraisal
  • The ethical and sustainable practices associated with the discipline

Learning outcomes

After studying this module you should be able to:

  • critically evaluate the arguments for and against shareholder value maximisation and alternative corporate objectives
  • assess the quality of information provided in financial reports
  • engage in critical discussion of a range of financial concepts and theories
  • demonstrate understanding and critical awareness of the impact of ethical and sustainable practices on the discipline

This module will help you gain the skills and qualities to:

  • identify, justify and apply established financial tools and techniques to critically analyse financial performance
  • select and use appropriate financial modelling tools
  • articulate and justify feasible appropriate solutions to strategic financial problems

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