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Financial Management
SBB Fundamentals


Leiden University
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Science Based Business Program

March 2011

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This course guide gives an overview of the module Financial Management in the course Science Based Business Fundamentals of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Leiden University.

Professionals in all fields of sciences whether working in research, industry or non-profit organizations will be confronted with concepts of financial management. This course will enable you to understand these concepts and to communicate with business professionals, especially accountants and controllers, and bankers.

Primary aim of the course is to get you acquainted with the foundations of Financial Management and to show you how to put the theory into practice in a science-based business environment.

The course deals with several aspects of financial management. You will familiarise with financial issues companies deal with, such as valuation, capital budgeting decisions, project analysis, working capital management, financial planning, cost of capital, cost accounting and financial reporting. The scientific theory of financial management will be linked to real life cases.

By studying the literature and attending the lectures, you will acquire knowledge of the foundations of financial management. In practising cases, you will discover its use in real life. In addition, you will practise skills, such as presentation techniques and writing skills.

This course guide consists of two chapters. The first chapter provides an outline of the course as well as relevant background information. The second chapter contains material for study and describes the weekly activities in detail.

We hope that you will gain a clear insight into financial management during this course. We wish you a challenging and enjoyable term!

Maaike Lycklama à Nijeholt
Leiden, March 2011


1.2Teaching and Learning Strategy6
1.3Harvard Case Method6
1.4Compulsory Literature7
1.5 Blackboard7
1.6 Grading7
1.7 Workload7
1.8Teaching Staff8


2.1 Topic 1: introduction to financial management and corporate financing10 2.2Topic 2: capital budgeting decisions11
2.3Topic 3: project analysis and risk, return & the opportunity cost of capital12 2.4: Topic 4: Cost of Capital and Company Valuation14
2.5Topic 5: Financial planning & working capital15


This chapter provides some basic course information. First of all, it states the aims of this course. Secondly, the chapter explains the teaching approach and learning strategy which enable you to achieve the course objectives. Moreover, the chapter provides information about the entry level, teaching & learning strategy, timetable, compulsory literature, blackboard, staff, grading, and the...
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