Finance and Strategy

Term: 
Spring
Credits: 
2.0
ECTS credits: 
4.0
Status: 
Core
Elective
Course Description: 

Finance executives at all levels are expected to provide a key input into their organisations’ strategic decisions. It is therefore of utmost importance that finance professionals are familiar with the current trends in strategy and are capable of assessing the implications of finance inputs into organisational strategy.

The aim of the course is to provide students with an understanding of the key elements of an organisation’s financial strategy, the techniques and principles used in designing and managing strategy and finance. The constraints, implications and general and regulatory environment on financial decisions will be examined and assessed through active participation in a live simulation exercise.

Main Topics

  • Key elements of company strategy
  • The formulation of financial strategy
  • How financial structure and performance measures link with strategy
  • Using finance to achieve competitive advantage
Learning Outcomes: 

Core Learning Area          

Learning Outcome                                            

Interpersonal Communication Skills.         

Students will participate in class discussions and problem solving exercises. They will present arguments and critique the arguments presented by their fellow students.

Technology Skills               

Class problems and cases may require the use of Excel spreadsheets or PowerPoint Slides

Cultural Sensitivity and Diversity                             

Students will work with students of different nationalities and backgrounds, and will have an increased understanding and acceptance of diversities of viewpoints.

Quantitative Reasoning 

Students will learn to apply financial models and formulae to evaluate alternative investment decisions.

Critical Thinking               

Students will be encouraged to exercise powers of inquiry, logical thinking, and critical analysis of arguments and evidence. Interpret and evaluate theoretical arguments and empirical evidence

Ethics and Responsibility                    

Students will evaluate and discuss the challenges of issues relating to social responsibility, corporate governance and ethical and professional behavior arising from the recent financial scandals.

 Management Knowledge and Skills                            

Students will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the principles and techniques of financial decision making. Students are exposed to a number of economic and accounting concepts that practitioners in the field use and apply.

Assessment: 

The assessment for the course comprises of 3 parts, with their respective weights detailed below:

 

Essay/final exam                                            55 points

Simulation                                                       25 points

Class participation                                           20 points

Maximum total                                                 (100 points)

Grading is based on the total score in line with standard grading patterns at CEU.

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