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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