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IB236-15 Finance 2: Corporate Finance

Warwick Business School
Undergraduate Level 2
Module leader
Danmo Lin
Credit value
Module duration
10 weeks
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

This is an elective module available for WBS and non-WBS students.

Students will understand principles underlying financial decision making by corporations. They will develop a solid understanding of financing and investment decisions; options, futures, forwards, warrants and convertibles; valuation techniques for investment appraisals. Some new corporate finance topics are introduced such as mergers and acquisitions, real options, and corporate risk management.

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Module aims
  • Make students critically aware of the key financial decisions taken by firms.
  • Develop in students a sound understanding of the main theories and models of Corporate Finance.
  • Make students aware of key empirical tests of those models, and their implications.
  • Provide students with structured opportunities to practise using the key tools and techniques of Corporate Finance.
  • Prepare students for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Finance.
Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

  • Cost of Capital
  • Risky debt
  • Capital Structure
  • Payout Policy
  • Company valuation
  • Options
  • International Corporate Finance
  • Initial Public Offerings
Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Critically assess the factors that determine the optimal investment, financing and payout decisions of a firm.
  • Compute the cost of capital of a firm under alternative assumptions.
  • Use alternative methods for valuing firms to gain important insights into value drivers.
  • Discuss the main motives for mergers and acquisitions.
  • Identify the reasons why firms raise capital.
  • Explain key theoretical models and the assumptions that underpin those models, and reflect critically on the limitations of those models.
  • Interpret empirical evidence.
  • Solve numerical problems and analyse case-study information.
  • Communicate complex ideas effectively.
Indicative reading list

Hiller D, Ross SA, Westerfield RW, Jaffe J & Jordan BD, Corporate Finance, (European edition, McGraw-Hill 2010).
Berk J & DeMarzo P, Corporate Finance, (2nd edition, Pearson 2010).

Subject specific skills

Discuss topical issues about the theory and practice of Corporate Finance.
Construct spreadsheets to value the equity and debt in a firm’s capital structure, and test the robustness of those values to changes in key inputs.
Explain and interpret corporate financial information from the financial press.
Use web-based resources to retrieve, process and interpret corporate financial data.

Transferable skills

Solve structured numerical problems.
Write informed critiques of important topics in Corporate Finance theory.
Analyse case studies and formulate arguments to support a particular solution.

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 10 sessions of 1 hour (13%)
Seminars 9 sessions of 1 hour (12%)
Online learning (independent) 10 sessions of 1 hour (13%)
Private study 48 hours (62%)
Total 77 hours
Private study description

Private Study.


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Assessment group D2
Weighting Study time
Participation 10% 8 hours
In-person Examination 90% 65 hours
  • Answerbook Gold (24 page)
  • Students may use a calculator
Assessment group R2
Weighting Study time
In-person Examination - Resit 100%


  • Answerbook Gold (24 page)
  • Students may use a calculator
Feedback on assessment

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Past exam papers for IB236

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