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LSC
London School of Commerce
BA Semester 2

Course Outline for:
October, 2011.

Course Leader:
Anand Walser
anand.walser@lsclondon.co.uk

Assignment Deadline:
20th December, 2011

Contents

Financial Management and Analysis3
Module Description4
Learning Outcomes3
Indicative Content 3
Indicative Reading List4
Sample Questions6-12

Strategic Information Management14
Module Description14
Learning Outcomes14
Indicative Content14
Indicative Reading List15
Sample Questions16-17

Business Research Methodologies18
Module Description18
Learning Outcomes18
Indicative Content19
Indicative Reading List20
Sample Questions22-24
25

International Business26 Module Description26 Learning Outcomes26
Indicative Content26
Indicative Reading list27
Sample Questions28-32

1. Module Title: Financial Management and Analysis

Module Lecturer: SA Palan and Makailla McConnel

1. Module Description:
This module provides a comprehensive coverage of financial management from a corporate perspective, together with a comprehensive coverage of elementary financial mathematics. It includes the core objectives of corporate financial management, and the application of a range of analytical techniques and technologies, including financial mathematics, computer spreadsheet models and electronic calculator routines, to investment, financing and dividend decisions. The module also covers the impact of different income tax systems on investment evaluation from both a corporate and shareholder perspective.

2. Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to: • Understand the bases of financial markets.
• Use financial mathematics as appropriate.
• Appreciate the risks involved in financial management. • Identify, analyse and solve financial problems confronting business enterprises, particularly problems relating to corporate investment, asset management and financing decisions. • Use analytical techniques and appropriate electronic aids to assist in contemporary financial decision making, • Analyse the impact of economic, legal and tax changes on the strategic and financial position of companies. • Appreciate the ethical issues of financial management within business organisations.

3 Indicative Content:

This subject is divided into the following topics:
• Introduction to financial management and the UK taxation system • Financial markets
• Financial mathematics
• Valuation of bonds and shares
• Introduction to risk and rates of return
• Capital budgeting concepts and methods
• Issues in capital budgeting
• Other approaches to evaluating risk in project evaluation • Cost of capital
• Sources of short-term finance
• Long-term debt finance
• Equity financing
• Capital structure
• Dividend policy

4. Delivery:

A variety of teaching approaches are used, including lectures, seminars, case analysis, teamwork and extensive use of the Internet for guided research.

Notional Student Workload
Lectures18 hours
Seminars 6 hours
Directed learning 46 hours
Independent Learning 80 hours
Total 150 hours

5. Assessment:

Exam (3Hours) – 100%

6. Concise Indicative Reading List:

Core Text:

Block, S.B. and Hirt, G.A. (2008) Foundations of Financial Management, (International ed) McGraw Hill

Recommended Reading:

Higgins, R. (2009) Analysis for Financial Management, (9th Ed.) McGraw Hill Education.

Brigham, E.F and Houston J, (2008) Fundamentals...
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