FINC201-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Business Finance

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


The core principles of the financial management of business firms.

This course will help you acquire the fundamental tools used in financial analysis and apply them to business decisions. It will introduce you to finance as a discipline that bridges accounting and economics. It will help you learn to view business decisions from a finance perspective. The topics covered include time value of money, financial statement analysis, financial planning, working capital management, stock and bond valuation, capital asset investment decision methods, risk and return, portfolio theory, cost of capital, capital structure and dividend policy.

Learning Outcomes

  • LEARNING OUTCOMES:  At the end of this course, a successful student will be able to:
  • Solve problems utilising time value of money calculations
  • Demonstrate an understanding of  basic differences and between accounting numbers and cash flow numbers  and be able to convert accounting numbers into cash flow numbers for valuation
  • Be able to demonstrate the relationship between the pricing of and yield to maturity of bonds and be able to price bonds
  • Be able to value shares using the discounted dividend model (including growth)
  • Be able to set up simple financial planning models and determine external funds required.
  • Be able to evaluate working capital policy.
  • Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a range of project evaluation techniques including payback, net present value, profitability index and internal rate of return
  • Make a recommendation for a basic investment decision using a range of project evaluation techniques
  • Demonstrate understanding about the opportunity cost of capital including calculations of a firm’s cost of capital (including weighted average cost of capital).
  • Demonstrate understanding of issues concerning the capital structure of the firm.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a range of dividend policies
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


(1) ACCT102 or MATH103; and (2) STAT101; and (3) a further 30 points  RP: Students without a mathematics background equivalent to NCEA Level 2 should pass MATH101 before enrolling in this course.


FINC202, AFIS204

Equivalent Courses


Recommended Preparation

Students without a mathematics background equivalent to NCEA Level 2 should pass MATH101 before enrolling in this course.

Course Administrator

Gilbert Nartea


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Final Exam 50% Primarily problems, some short paragraphs.
Quizzes 10% 11 online multi-choice (LEARN) quizzes (best 10 count -- 1%each)
Term test 40%

In order to pass this course, students are required to receive a mark of at least 45% on the final examination.  

This means you can get a 50% overall and still fail the course because you did not earn 45% on the final exam.

Additionally, if you earn between 45-50% on the final exam, you will receive an R which will not be sufficient to go on to 300-level finance and will not be sufficient for NZICA.  However, you will receive the 15 points of credit toward your degree.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Brealey, Richard A., Myers, Stewart C., Marcus, Alan J; Fundamentals of corporate finance ; 10th; McGraw Hill, 2020.


This course will use Microsoft PowerPoint in lectures.  The slides will be available on LEARN before class.  There will be gaps that you will need to complete during the lecture.  The complete slides will not be available to students.  If you miss the lecture, you will need to depend on other students to get the material.  You will need to be familiar with material other than the PowerPoint presentations such as the textbook, lecture notes, tutorial material and any other supplementary material.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $822.00

International fee $3,688.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Department of Economics and Finance .

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