FINANCIAL DECISION MAKING (CORE, 20 CREDITS)
You will learn how financial information can be used to assist managers and external user groups in their decision making processes. You will initially explore the motivations for entrepreneurial activity and techniques that can be used to appraise investment decisions. Topic areas will include:
• Investment appraisal techniques (payback, accounting rate of return, net present value and internal rate of return)
• Practical aspects of investment appraisal (inflation and capital rationing)
• Risk and uncertainty
You will then examine how financial information can facilitate managers in making operational decisions in relation to planning and control. Topic areas will include:
• Cost and revenue behaviour
• Break-even analysis
• Costing (full and variable costing, activitybased costing and whole life-cycle costing)
• Budgeting and variance analysis
• Working capital management
Finally you will look at the informational needs of outside user groups, the nature of the information they are provided with, and how this information can be analysed and interpreted in order to enhance the effectiveness of their decision making. Topic areas will include:
• The reporting frameworks and ethical principles that underpin financial reporting
• The nature of international financial reporting standards
PRINCIPLES AND THEORIES OF FINANCE (CORE, 20 CREDITS)
In this module, you will learn the key aspects of financial theory, the financial system, its markets and products. The topics that you will learn in this module include, the concepts of the financial system, interest rate and foreign exchange dynamics and the operation of the money, fixed-income and equity markets.
The theories of finance that you will learn include the concept of utility, stock market efficiency, portfolio theory and the capital asset pricing model (CAPM). Further, in this module you will also enhance your knowledge and skills of basic financial arithmetic, statistics through Microsoft Excel which are essential for both placement and graduate employability. To apply the knowledge acquired in this module, you will be using real-time financial information and data which would be available through the QFBA Trading Room.
BUSINESS ANALYSIS FOR DECISION MAKING (CORE, 20 CREDITS)
The module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills of applying a variety of quantitative analytical tools to support business decision making. The module is delivered to you using lectures and IT workshops, the workshops principally concentrate on the development of your spreadsheet skills and interpretation of the analysis undertaken.
The module will lead you to the development of basic analytical skills and confidence in handling numeric data using a spreadsheet. In doing so, it will expose you to a wide range of quantitative techniques for use in modelling, analysis and interpretation of business problems. You will become aware of the role of modelling as an aid to business problem solving. Furthermore, you will gain an understanding of the role of MS Excel as an aid to data analysis and the development of various business problem solving models.
MANAGING PEOPLE AT WORK (CORE, 20 CREDITS)
This module aims to provide you with an introduction to the foundation theory and practice of management. It encourages you to understand the principal challenges facing managers and will give you an overview of the key themes within organisational behaviour (OB).
Through weekly lectures you will be introduced to principles of OB and explore the relationships between theory and practice. In weekly seminars you will apply your understanding of theories and relevant research findings to Human Resources (HR) practice related case studies and draw connections to your own experiences of work. Issues you will discuss in this module may vary in order to reflect contemporary circumstances.
The module will lead you to develop your own understanding of managerial challenges and skills necessary to tackle them. You will be challenged to reflect on your learning and how OB theories and relevant research findings have impacted you and your journey in becoming a practicing manager. On completing the module you will understand theoretical foundations of OB and its links to HR practice. You will further critically reflect on your own views of management and HR practice.
BUILDING BUSINESS PRACTICE (CORE, 20 CREDITS)
This module aims to provide you with the skills and abilities to tackle real life business problems and projects. These problems and research projects will be appropriate to your specific programme of study and will result in an extensive and flexible knowledge base.
There are six main focus areas based on:
• An ability to demonstrate and apply an understanding of relevant theory from your professional /academic area where appropriate
• Group Work skills (Team work)
• Research Skills (Information Literacy)
• Problem-solving Skills (Project Management)
• Communication Skills
• Self-Directed Learning.
On completion of this module you will have developed effective problem-solving skills, become an effective collaborator and team player and further developed self-directed, lifelong learning skills.
GLOBAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT (CORE, 20 CREDITS)
The module is comprised of three blocks of material. The three blocks are:
This block will cover topics such as the process of globalisation, barriers to globalisation, the benefits and costs of globalisation for business, international trade, analysis of the external business environment, corporate social responsibility issues in the global economy, etc.
This block will focus on the market forces of supply and demand, supply and demand elasticity, government policy, gross domestic product (GDP), the consumer price index, a macroeconomic theory of the open economy, etc.
Topics covered in this block include foreign market entry modes, process of foreign direct investment, analytical frameworks for assessing national competitiveness, the risk assessment for business decisions, etc.