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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 21/09/2022 16:14:11

Title of Module: Strategic Financial Management and Analysis

Code: LNDN11011 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Ripon  Mahmud

Summary of Module

The module is designed to equip learners with strategies and principles of financial management and conduct empirical financial analyses by applying appropriate financial models. Topical areas covered include: an overview of financial markets, market efficiency, roles of financial managers, time value of money, investment appraisal techniques and decision rules, risk and return, portfolio theory and asset pricing. Furthermore, valuing securities (stocks, bonds, and derivative assets), strategic financing decisions (capital structure and cost of capital, dividend policy, and share repurchase), tactical financing decisions (leasing, mergers, and acquisitions), working capital management, and international financial management are studied.


1. Overview of the financial markets, role of financial manager, and market efficiency

2. Time value of money

3. Investment appraisal techniques and decision rules

4. Investment risk assessment techniques (sensitivity analysis, scenario analysis, simulation, expected value)

5. Risk and return, portfolio theory, and asset pricing

6. Valuation of stocks, bonds, and derivative assets

7. Strategic financing decisions (capital structure, dividend policy, and share repurchase)

8. Tactical financing decisions (leasing, mergers and acquisition, and initial public offerings (IPOs))

9. Working capital Management

10. International financial management

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:





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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Understand financial markets, main duties of financial manager, and financial markets’ efficiency.

L2. Apply the principles of time value of money and various methods to assess and determine financial viability of capital investment projects.

L3. Calculate risk and return, apply portfolio theory, and use various models to determine asset prices

L4. Develop competence in valuation of stocks, bonds and derivative assets.

L5. Understand and apply theories and principles of strategic and tactical financial management as well as working capital management and international finance to multiply wealth accruing to shareholders.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 11.

Demonstrate a critical understanding of the Financial management framework and keep informed by the field development. A critical understanding of a range of specialised concepts, theories and techniques based on empirical research findings that underpin the study and practice of financial management.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Use a significant range of practical skills and techniques associated with the practice of financial management. Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in financial management.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, whilst making rigorous, robust judgments in the absence of complete data.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.

Effectively communicate to peers and tutors, this includes critical discussion. Undertake a critical evaluation on a range of numerical problems.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.

Demonstrate autonomy and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional and equivalent level. peer learning is expected.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The module employs hybrid learning approaches. Students will be exposed to core concepts and ideas with asynchronous, online activities designed to allow students to engage with the material in a flexible manner. Face-to-face, synchronous sessions will concentrate on interactive learning designed to allow students to engage with staff and classmates and deepen their understanding of the subject material. The social learning platform will be used to share key information and provide opportunities for interaction with staff and other students.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Asynchronous Class Activity10
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity20
Independent Study170
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Eugene F. Brigham & Michael C. Ehrhardt (latest ed), Financial Management: Theory and practice.

Hillier, D., Ross, S., Westerfield, R., Jaffe, J. and Jordan, B. (2020 ) Corporate Finance. 4th edn. Berkshire: McGraw-Hill Education

Additional relevant texts will be added to the programme VLE as appropriate.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
As per UWS procedures.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardAccounting, Finance and Law
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelAccounting and Finance
External ExaminerTBC
Accreditation DetailsN/ A
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Report 50%
Unseen Closed Book Exam 50%
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Report of practical/ field/ clinical workcheck markcheck mark   400

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 2 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The Equality, Diversity and Human Rights policy underpins student engagement. We aim to make UWS a fair and equal place to study an institution which addresses specific issues covering all aspects of equality, diversity and human rights. Where required module assessment will be adapted to meet student requirements.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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