UCL School of Management

Module Fact Sheet

MSIN0146: Financial Management

Taught by
M-level (4th year MEng/MSci)
4th year MSci IMB students only
Term 1
Delivery method
3-hour session comprising part-lecture and part individual and group activities (x 10 weeks)
50% unseen 2-hour examination; 40% group project; 10% online test
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Course overview

The module covers key elements of Financial Management. These are essential ingredients of the skills and knowledge portfolio for aspiring senior managers. It provides students with a conceptual and theoretical basis for making financial decisions. It familiarizes students with measurement and valuation matters relating to short and longer term financial operational decision making, issues in financing and investments decisions, and dividend policy. It uses practical examples and cases to explain the goals of financial management and investment practice. It also enables students to use appropriate models and techniques to solve financial problems in the context of uncertainty.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, a student will be able to:

  • Identify and appraise investment opportunities, taking account of cost of capital and risk

  • Critically evaluate sources of finance

  • Critically evaluate the implications for capital structures and returns to shareholders

  • Identify and respond to issues in divisional performance assessment and transfer pricing

  • Understand and manage issues in strategic financial management in the contexts of shareholder value and the balanced scorecard

  • Select and apply an appropriate method to value a firm

  • Identify the appropiate dividend policy 

Topics covered

  • How to make sound financial decisions
  • How to solve problems in an environment of uncertainty

  • Business valuation

  • How to create shareholder value

  • Capital structure

  • Dividend policy

Assessment summary

50% unseen 2-hour examination; 40% group report); 10% online test (1 hour)

Current students should refer to Moodle for specific details of the current year’s assessment.

Essential reading

The core text is Financial Management for Decision Makers, 7/e, by Peter Atrill ©2014 | University of Plymouth Business School | ISBN-10: 129201606X • ISBN-13: 9781292016061 | ©2014 | Pearson | Paper, 656 pp | Published 19 Jun 2014

Past versions of this module

MSINMG23 17/18

MSINMG23 16/17

Last updated Friday, 31 August 2018