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Finance - an introduction

  • 7.5 credits

The overall aim of the course is to introduce students to basic concepts and quantitative methods that can be used to discuss and solve problems relating to investment appraisal and financial management in businesses and other organisations.

The ability to assess the value of investments and financial assets, and thus the ability to discuss decisions, is an important aspect of business administration. The course deals with quantitative methods in order to carry out this assessment.

The course covers basic investment appraisal and simple evaluation of businesses and financial assets (e.g. stocks), taking into account the value of money at different times. In addition to lectures, the course comprises voluntary accounting exercises and voluntary group exercises to be completed according to specific instructions.

The course is examined on the basis of a written, individual examination. The final examination may also include assignments in the form of continuous preparation for and participation in the course’s group exercises. The course also covers sustainability within finance.

 

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The course consists of a combination of lectures, seminars and group work and requires a significant portion of self-study on the part of students. Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different activities of the course.
    The course workload is 200 hours equivalent to 7,5 ECTS.
    The language of instruction is English. Please note that all teaching and learning activities are carried out in English.

    Assessment

    Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different course activities. Each assessment task is weighted in relation to its importance in the overall assessment of the course. The student’s results from the different assessment tasks are added up to a total course score that will then translate into the final grade for the course.

    Assessment tasks
    The course contains the following weighted assessment tasks:
    1. Individual final examination.
    2. Assessment task 2, MCQ-test, part 1.
    3. Assessment task 3, MCQ-test, part 2.

    After completion of the course, students will receive grades on a scale related to the intended learning outcomes of the course. Passing grades are A, B, C, D and E. The failing grade is F.

  • Schedule

    This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to continuous change. For this reason, we do not recommend print-outs. At the start of the course, your institution will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    See reading list in the current syllabus.

  • Contact

    Academic Advisor: studievagledare@sbs.su.se

    Course coordinator: coursecoordinator@sbs.su.se

    Head of course: Iñaki Rodriguez Longarela