AC6030: Strategic Financial Management

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AC6030: Strategic Financial Management

Module Title Strategic Financial Management
Module Code AC6030
Module Tutor Charles A Afriyie
School Business School
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

This module supports the student's study of the relationship between financial markets and companies, in particular the principle of shareholder value maximisation, and the implications of this for internal management of companies and business units. It aims to facilitate the acquisition by students of a balance of skills and knowledge including skills in applying quantitative techniques; the ability to interpret and explain the results of these calculations; the ability to critically evaluate the techniques; and the capacity to relate these to the external contexts in which companies operate and in particular the influence of capital markets on corporate behaviour.

Indicative Syllabus
  1. explain and evaluate arguments for adopting shareholder wealth maximisation as the primary objective of a private-sector company and calculate the achievement of this through a range of complementary methods.
  2. explain, evaluate and apply methods of implementing value-based management in the internal management of companies and divisions.
  3. evaluate and appraise the working capital management practices of organisations.
  4. critically evaluate the Capital Asset Pricing Model in comparison with alternative approaches.
  5. explain and critically evaluate dividend theory and the impact of dividend policies on shareholder wealth.
  6. appraise the capital structure of organisations with reference to financial and business risk and evaluate sources of long term and short term finance.
  7. appraise the motives behind corporate restructuring including take-overs and divestments; evaluate alternative financing methods and their impact on financial performance and shareholder wealth; assess alternative methods of company valuation.
  8. Understand and evaluate the strategies for hedging exchange rate risk
Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Understand the contexts in which the financial management function operates within an organisation and its link to the external environment; (PLO1)
  2.  Apply the technical language and practices of Financial Management; (PLO2)
  3. Select the correct tools to aid management decision making and present the information in an appropriate format; (PLO3)
  4. Evaluate the contemporary theories and empirical evidence concerning financial management; (PLO4)
  5. Critically evaluate and analyse financial management techniques, showing the ability to draw reasoned conclusions; (PLO5)
  6. Manage their learning independently, including being able to find, extract and analyse data from many different sources, and acknowledge and reference these appropriately; (PLO6)
  7. Apply appropriate communication and numerical skills, including the ability to present quantitative and qualitative information, together with analysis, argument and commentary, in a form which will be understood by its intended audience. (PLO8)
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 30
Independent Learning Hours: 120
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Written Exam: End of module, unseen, closed book: 3.00 hours
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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