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Unit information: Strategic Finance in 2020/21

Unit name Strategic Finance
Unit code EFIM20024
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Bence
Open unit status Not open

Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance 1(EFIM10005 )or Introduction to Accounting (ACCG10052 ) or Accounting and Finance for Managers (EFIM10030)



School/department School of Accounting and Finance
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


This unit examines how financial management can be used to meet an organisation’s strategic goals.

The aims of this unit are to:

1. Provide students with the tools to enable them to analyse and appraise the strategies of organisations.

2. Enable students to link the strategic aims of an organisation to the techniques of financial


3. Develop skills of team working.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

1. Understand how financial analysis can be used to

appraise organisational strategies.

2. Understand and use a range of techniques, models and

theories, including discounted cash flow techniques, portfolio theory, the Capital Asset Pricing

Model, the dividend valuation model, dividend irrelevance and theories of capital structure.

3. Recommend courses of management action based on an

assessment of financial data, for example, whether to invest in a new product, takeover a rival,

divest and so on.

4. Work effectively in teams

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, tutorials, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities

Assessment Details

This unit will be assessed by coursework 30% and exam 70%

Reading and References

Various relevant introductory finance textbooks exist e.g. ‘Corporate Finance’ by Ross, Westerfield and

Jaffe, published by McGraw Hill.