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Insegnamento a.a. 2018-2019


Dipartimento di Finanza / Department of Finance

Le classe 31 e 32 sono riservate agli studenti in scambio (incoming)

Per la lingua del corso verificare le informazioni sulle classi/
For the instruction language of the course see class group/s below

Vai alle classi / Go to class group/s: 15 - 16 - 17 - 18

BIEM (6 cfu - I/II sem. - OB  |  SECS-P/09)
Docente responsabile dell'insegnamento / Course Director:

Classes: 15 (II sem.) - 16 (II sem.) - 17 (II sem.) - 18 (II sem.)

Class group/s taught in English


Students attending this course should be familiar with the basics of mathematics, statistics, financial mathematics, accounting, and financial markets and institutions. In particular, students should have reasonable knowledge of the basics in financial mathematics such as the time value of money, annuities and perpetuities; basics in statistics such as probabilities, variances/covariances and ordinary least squares; basics in accounting such as being able to read information contained in balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements.

Mission & Content Summary

This course serves as an introduction to modern corporate finance. Corporate finance is a set of principles that govern how businesses run. It is a study of how businesses should make financial decisions - ranging from investment choices to assessing the right mix of debt and equity. The course explores both investing and financing decisions, focusing on their role in the creation of shareholder value.


The course covers four main parts:

  • The value of a firm - financial instruments, valuation concepts and decision rules.
  • Risk and return - theory, empirical evidence and applications to capital budgeting.
  • Financing decisions and market efficiency.
  • Payout policy, capital structure and valuation.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
At the end of the course student will be able to...

Recognize, explain, and reproduce core corporate finance tools and techniques, including applications in international contexts.

At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Apply and interpret core corporate finance tools and techniques.
  • Apply and evaluate capital budgeting methods.
  • Analyze and assess corporate financial decisions, such as capital structure, investment and corporate payout decisions.

Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Exercises (exercises, database, software etc.)
  • Case studies /Incidents (traditional, online)
  • Individual assignments
  • Group assignments
  • Exercises - students work on exercises in class and as take-homes.
  • Case studies - several case studies are designed to give students a sense of solving allegedly real problems facing a firm.
  • Individual assignments -  students work through roughly one dozen individual graded assignments throughout the course, these serve primarily to help students synthesize the material.
  • Group assignments - groups of students work on graded group assignments (cases).

Assessment methods
  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
  •     x
  • Individual assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
  • x    
  • Group assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
  • x    
    • Course assessment consists of a written exam (50-100%), case studies (0-20%) take-home assignments (0-30%). The cases and take-homes have the main goal of helping to master the course material. They also offer opportunities to collect extra points for the total course grade.

    • Course assessment is identical for attending and non-attending students. To make this as easy as possible, all non-exam grade components are handed out online and handed in online.

    • Results of cases and take-homes expire after the first retake of the final exam. The specific dates are announced in class.

    Teaching materials
    • FAQ: an up-to-date guide to Frequently Asked Questions about the course, on Bboard.

    • Textbook: R.A. BREALEY, S.MYERS, F. ALLEN, Principles of Corporate Finance, McGraw Hill, 12th edition (ISBN13: 9781259253331).

    • Course note packet: there is a course pack of class lecture notes on Bboard.

    • Cases: a set of cases we work through in class on Bboard.

    • Pre-readings: please see the course notes for some basic pre-reading to be done before the course formally begins on Bboard.

    Last change 18/06/2018 19:48