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2020/2021  KAN-CCMVV1933U  Corporate Finance (online teaching)

English Title
Corporate Finance (online teaching)

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 80
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Thomas Geelen - Department of Finance (FI)
Main academic disciplines
  • Finance
  • Accounting
Teaching methods
  • Online teaching
Last updated on 10-12-2020

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Learning objectives
  • analyze where to invest a firm’s resources.
  • explain the different funding options for a firm and analyze the best funding option in a given context.
  • determine a firm's optimal payout policy.
  • analyze how corporate decisions are influenced by agency problems and explain how agency problems can be countered.
  • understand and explain modern capital structure theory.
  • apply option pricing models to make financial decisions.
  • explain and describe patterns which can be found in M&A's.
  • understand a firm’s risk management strategy and determine its best risk management strategy
Course prerequisites
This elective is a part of the minor in Accounting and Finance.

Students have to sign up for the whole minor. In order to sign up for the minor, students must have prerequisite skills in Accounting and Finance. A minimum of 7.5 ECTS in Accounting and a minimum of 7.5 ECTS in Corporate Finance - both at bachelor level – is required.

The minor is closed for students studying Cand.Merc. in one of the following concentrations: ASC, FSM, FIN, AEF, IMM and FIR.

Note that it is not possible to write a termpaper in this elective.
Corporate Finance:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Students have 4 hours to complete this exam.
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

Aim of the course


The aim of the course is to provide students with the capacity to understand and apply the theories, models, and techniques that have been developed in corporate finance.



This course introduces students to the fundamentals of Corporate Finance. The first part of the lectures will discuss the building blocks of the modern firm in detail. This includes the institutional background of firms and corporate governance as well as reporting, capital budgeting and cost of capital. After having investigated the main funding sources for firms such as equity and debt, students will learn about the theoretical concepts underlying modern Corporate Finance. Finally, the use of a firm’s proceeds is discussed in more detail followed by valuation, restructuring and M&A of firms.
The following topics are treated: corporate governance, corporate reporting, capital  budgeting - project evaluation and cost of capital, long-term financial planning - equity and debt, capital structure theory, payout policy, financial modeling, financial and real options, mergers and acquisitions

Description of the teaching methods
Lectures, cases and exercices.
Feedback during the teaching period
Students are able to obtain feedback via various sources. These are
- personal discussion, e.g. in office hours
- regular short assignments via exercises
- sample questions and solutions related to all topics of the course
Student workload
Preparation 158 hours
Classes and Exercises 44 hours
Exam 4 hours
Expected literature

Preliminary literature.

Berk, J., P. DeMarzo (2013). Corporate Finance, 4th Edition (Global). Pearson.

ISBN-10: 0-273-79202-4

ISBN-13: 978-0-273-79202-4

Selected journal and newspaper articles

Last updated on 10-12-2020