MN0491 - Corporate Financial Management

What will I learn on this module?

The module introduces you to core concepts regarding the objective of finance, how capital is first raised and then deployed into wealth creating operations and then how wealth is then returned to the providers of capital in an optimal way. At the end of the module you should be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of corporate finance and develop the skills and ability to analyse corporate finance decisions in both quantitative and qualitative terms. You will also undertake an individual research project looking into capital market efficiency.

How will I learn on this module?

The one-hour weekly lectures will provide you with a theoretical underpinning of the module content, supported by two-hour weekly seminars which will give you an opportunity to practice the various techniques relating to the module in addition to hypothesis testing, and basic descriptive statistics in Excel.

There will be a number of additional exercises housed on the module’s e-learning portal that will permit you to undertake further practice independently. The module has a supporting reading list that provides you with an opportunity to see how the various decision making and analytical techniques are applied to further managerial and research-based problems.

Your directed study will support the work you have undertaken in the contact sessions. You will be expected to keep up-to-date with your seminar exercises.
Independent learning time is set aside for learning activities, self-identified by you, to gain a deeper and broader knowledge of the subject. You may complete the review exercises, work with the electronic support tools, and attempt to complete past exam level questions or undertake further reading.
The problem solving nature of the seminars means that tutor (formative) feedback will be received continuously.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will be provided to you by a member of academic staff leading the module and providing the lecture input. A team of academic staff are allocated to seminar groups of about 20 students, which provides a closer, more personal academic support. These seminars are typically based on study programme cohorts, so you will be taught here alongside fellow members from your particular degree.

Your module is supported by an e-learning portal, which houses lecture materials, seminar activity, exercises and data files, alongside assessment details and various support facilities such as recordings of certain lectures alongside other electronic support facilities such as indicated above.

You will be provided with a wide-ranging electronic reading list that comprises of various academic reports, conference papers and journal articles that showcase the application of various quantitative/qualitative techniques presented in the module.

The module assessment consists of two parts distributed early on in the semester. This will encourage your active participation in the learning process throughout the semester. The eLearning portal will be used to permanently host relevant instructions which you will have to follow in order to successfully pass the module. Your progress on the module will be tested by means of an 80% research based assignment and 20% predominantly computational exam.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

? Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of corporate finance; MLO1
? Demonstrate the skills and ability to analyse corporate finance decisions in both quantitative and qualitative terms; MLO2

Knowledge & Understanding:

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Find relevant data, formulate hypothesis relying on existing theory, test the hypothesis and relate your findings to relevant literature; MLO3.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

How will I be assessed?

The module will be assessed by means of a 3,000 word assignment.

The assignment will assess MLO1, MLO2 and MLO3.





Module abstract

It is expected that you will enter employment with an appropriate level of understanding and proficiency in the field of corporate finance. This module provides these essential finance related skills giving you a theoretical understanding of various concepts, theories, models, all reinforced by appropriate terminology. You will work on a number of key theories and attempt theory testing through building and testing hypothesis relating to your assignment. These analytical, practical and interpretative skills are directly transferable to your working life, through part-time employment, placement or full-time post graduate role. Your additional experiences within the module centre on support reading giving you additional awareness of the broad applicability of the module content across the wider finance subject area.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 16 months Full Time
2 other options available

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start January 2025

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