Postgraduate

NBS8003 : Financial Information Analysis

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

1. To introduce students to the application of advanced investment appraisal analysis
2. To critically evaluate company projects and performance with the advanced models of financial information analysis

Outline Of Syllabus

1st semester
Market Efficiency: concepts, tests and empirical evidence
Market Anomalies
Behavioural Finance
Advanced investment appraisal methods I (static approach): profitability Index, sensitivity tests, scenario analysis, breakeven point analysis
Advanced investment appraisal methods II (dynamic approach): flexibility value, decision tree analysis and real option analysis
Advanced investment appraisal methods III: game theory

2nd semester
Drivers of profitability
Economic value added
Earnings forecast
Creditworthiness assessment

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture92:0018:00PIP (S1 3*2 hour + S2 6*2-hour)
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials81:008:00Pre-recorded lecture material (S1 5*1-hour + S2 3*1-hour)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion164:0064:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00PIP (S1 3*1-hour + S2 3*1-hour)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Online live session for S1
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time31:003:00CANVAS discussion board for S1
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures/lecture material, small group teaching and online discussions are used to develop students' understanding of this module.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A100N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1MIn-class exercises
Prob solv exercises2MIn-class/after-class exercises
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written examination tests the understanding of theoretical ideas underpinning the analysis of financial data as well as some skills - for example, problem solving, written communication and numeracy.

In the case of an alternative semester 2 assessment (worth 100% of the overall module mark) being necessary due to circumstances, the module leader will in the first instance consult with the DPD as to the requirements of the professional accrediting body to discuss possible acceptable alternatives. In 2020/21 this alternative was a 24 hour take home exam delivered online, and it is envisioned that if circumstances do not allow a present-in-person timed exam at the end of semester 2, and the professional body agrees, then this may well be an example of the type of alternative assessment which could be put in place.

Reading Lists

Timetable