Short Title:Corporate Finance & Governance
Full Title:Corporate Finance & Governance
Module Code:FNCE H4004
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Finance, banking, insurance
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Reviewed By:Christine Nangle
Module Author:Patricia Morris
Module Description:This module aims to build on the theoretical and practical knowledge gained in Financial Management 1 and 2 and give students an appreciation of the key strategic issues affecting company finance and governance. It will provide a framework for the nature and scope of corporate finance and will develop the use of practical decision making skills used in this area. The module will encompass key subject areas such as efficient market hypothesis, portfolio theory, the implications of dividend policy, merger and takeover activity and risk management. The module also aims to provide students with a detailed insight into the field of corporate governance. The module will encompass key areas in the field of corporate governance such as the processes, policies, customs, laws and institutions affecting the way companies are directed, administered and controlled.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe and discuss the role and importance of corporate governance and corporate financial strategy formation and its strategic impact on shareholders.
LO2 Demonstrate an understanding of and be able to apply the Efficient Market Hypothesis, portfolio theory and the capital asset pricing model in making investment decisions.
LO3 Discuss the motives for and the process of mergers and acquisitions and other methods of corporate re-organisations along with their financing methods, the regulatory constraints and the benefits and problems for the stakeholders involved.
LO4 Explain the importance of dividend policy to an organisation and to the capital markets. Comment on the theories that link dividend policy, the financial structure and the cost of capital in an organisation.
LO5 Demonstrate an understanding of risk management and its impact on the management of businesses and the ability to devise hedging techniques to counter such risks and make recommendations on strategy.

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment The continuous assessment component will take the form of an in-class written examination or a group / individual research project (incorporating qualitative and quantitative research, report writing skills, and referencing skills). This may include a presentation based on a group research project, where students will be given a group and an individual mark. The assessment may be linked with another semester 8 module for assessment purposes. 1,2,3,4,5 40.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5 60.00 End-of-Semester

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class Based Instruction 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Reading/Study 6.00 Every Week 6.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class based instruction 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Reading/Study 7.00 Every Week 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Watson, H., Head, A., Corporate Finance Principles & Practice, latest ed Ed., Prentice Hall
Recommended Book Resources
  • Robert A. G. Monks, Neil Minnow, Corporte Governance, latest Ed.
  • Brealey, R., Myers, S., Principles of Corporate Finance, latest ed (International) Ed., McGraw-Hill
  • Atrill, P., Financial Management for Non-specialists, latest ed Ed., Financial Times/Prentice Hall
  • Cuthbertson, K & Nitzsche, D., Quantitative Financial Economics: Stocks, Bonds and Foreign Exchange, latest ed Ed., Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Arnold, G., Corporate Financial Management, latest ed Ed., FT Prentice Hall
  • Pike, R. & Neale, B., Corporate Finance and Investment: Decisions and Strategies, latest ed Ed., FT Prentice Hall
  • Clarke T. & Dela Rama, M. (Eds), Corporate Governance & Globalisation, latest Ed., Sage
Required Article/Paper Resources
  • Financial Times, Business Journals, Business newspapers in Various, FT
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_BAMNG_B Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Management 8 Mandatory
TA_BMNGT_B (1 year add-on) Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Management 8 Mandatory