FM304      Half Unit
Applied Corporate Finance

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Ashwini Agrawal


This course is compulsory on the BSc in Finance. This course is not available as an outside option nor to General Course students.


Students must have completed FM213 Principles of Finance

Course content

This course will focus on the applications of key concepts in corporate finance and implicitly extend the topics covered in “Principles of Corporate Finance”. There will be three main topics covered in the course. The first topic is corporate investment. We will consider various methods used by firms to evaluate investment opportunities. The second topic is financing decisions. We will cover how firms finance their operations using debt and equity. The third topic is valuation. We will learn methods used to value companies and specific transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, and leveraged buyouts.  Each topic will be addressed using both theoretical material provided by the professor and weekly case studies with questions and solutions.


33 hours of seminars in the LT.

This course is taught in the interactive lecturing format. There is no distinction between lectures and classes/seminars; there are “sessions” only, and the pedagogical approach in each session is interactive.

Formative coursework

Weekly homework assignments.

Indicative reading

A course pack will be distributed that includes case studies as well as additional readings such as textbook chapters, and practitioner articles.


Coursework (30%) and coursework (70%) in the LT.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Finance

Total students 2019/20: 34

Average class size 2019/20: 35

Capped 2019/20: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Commercial awareness