BFB2140 - Corporate finance 1 - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Banking and Finance


Dr John Watson

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


The aim of the unit is to introduce students to the theory and application of why and how value enhancing corporate financial decisions are made and implemented. With the emphasis on publicly listed companies, topics covered include; the corporate objective of management; investment evaluation models; valuation of equity and debt instruments; sources and types of funding; issues in risk and return; portfolio theory; asset pricing models; issues in capital structure and dividend policy; and the efficiency of capital markets. The unit is designed to ensure students gain the necessary skill set for making value-changing financial decisions to maximise firm value.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. evaluate investment options and value of equity and debt instruments
  2. explain portfolio theory and show how the theory can be extended to price risky assets
  3. estimate the appropriate cost of capital for investment appraisal purposes
  4. analyse issues determining capital structure and dividend policy
  5. apply critical thinking, problem solving and presentation skills to individual and/or group activities dealing with corporate finance and demonstrate in an individual summative assessment task, the acquisition of a comprehensive understanding of the topics covered by BFB2140.


Within semester 50% + Examination 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning, online engagement and integrating relevant active learning initiatives.

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Chief examiner(s)


Students to complete two units as follows: ECF1100 and ETF1100 or ECC1000 and ETC1000 or ECB1101 and ETB1100 or ECW1101 and ETW1000.


AFF2631, BFF2631, BFG2631, BFP2631, BFW2631, AFF2140, BFC2140, BFF2140, BFW2140.