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2022/2023  BA-BHAAI1100U  Undergraduate Financial Modeling

English Title
Undergraduate Financial Modeling

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration Summer
Start time of the course Summer
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 100
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Carsten Sørensen - Department of Finance (FI)
For academic questions related to the course, please contact course responsible Michael Nugent (mnu.fi@cbs.dk)
Main academic disciplines
  • Finance
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 16-11-2022

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Learning objectives
To achieve grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • Using Excel to calculate the time value of money, internal rate of return, and net present value.
  • How to use financial models to analyze financial results, including pro forma financial statements with sales and profits.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental financial forecasting.
  • The financial analysis and mathematics of foreign currency transactions, corporate valuation, capital budgeting, inventory valuation, and profit margins.
  • Learning the analytical skills involved in reading and interpreting a firm's financial position using excel, and financial data, to develop financial models and better business decisions.
  • Develop the ability to solve quantitative problems related to risk and return, security valuation, bond valuation, and portfolio optimization.
  • Understanding the usefulness of data visualizations and how to draft an executive summary.
Course prerequisites
At least one Introductory course in finance plus an introductory course in financial accounting and basic knowledge of Excel.
Undergraduate Financial Modeling:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam on CBS' computers
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer, Exam schedules available on www.cbs.dk/isup
Aids Open book: all written and electronic aids, including internet access
Read more here about which exam aids the students are allowed to bring and will be given access to : Exam aids and IT application package
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
Retake exam: 4 hour written sit-in exam, new exam question.
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.

Exam form for 3rd attempt (2nd retake): The second retake is always an online oral exam (20 minutes online oral exam with no preparation time) with one internal examiner and an internal co-examiner.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

In this class, you will learn to analyze financial data in Excel using Pivot Tables and various Excel financial functions and financial concepts. These concepts include: 
-Capital budgeting and time value of money 
-Corporate bonds and stock valuation models

-Discounted Cash flows
-Portfolio analysis & capital asset pricing model 
-Forecasting Sales and Profits
-Measuring investment performance 
-Financial Sales Analysis

-Cost and profit analysis

A strong understanding of Excel and finance are necessary for students wishing to enter the finance job market! This course combines the basic theory of finance with the intensive implementation of all concepts in Excel. This course will give you a better understanding of financial theory and (of course) valuable skills in Excel.


Class One: Excel Essential Training & Creating a Basic Financial Dashboard

Class Two: Advanced Financial Formulas, Functions & Advanced Formatting

Class Three: Cost & Profit Analysis, Lookup Functions, Sorting & Filtering Data

Class Four: Financial Sales Analysis

Class Five: Investment Portfolio & Stock Valuations Models

Class Six: Financial Data Visualization & Pivot Tables in Depth

Class Seven: Forecasting Sales and Profits, Feedback & Mid-Term Overview

Class Eight Measuring a Profitable Business: Understanding Financial Ratios

Class Nine: Managing and Analyzing discounted cash flows 

Class Ten: Measuring investment performance & and Capital budgeting

Class Eleven: Financial Modeling Foundations & Introduction to Macros


Description of the teaching methods
This course will be a blended learning course, three weeks in the traditional classroom and two weeks online. For online class sessions, Instructors will apply direct/live teaching through a link (Zoom) and or pre-recorded material.
Feedback during the teaching period
I teach interactively—a combination of lectures, theory of finance, and Excel. I expect students to follow my lectures, using Excel to implement the financial models explained in class. I will discuss in class how to best prepare for the final exam.
Student workload
Preliminary assignment 20 hours
Classroom attendance 38 hours
Preparation 121 hours
Feedback activity 7 hours
Examination 20 hours
Further Information

Ordinary 6 weeks course 


Preliminary Assignment:  The Nordic-9 pre-course is foundational for the summer university and identical for all bachelor courses. Students will receive an invitation with all details by the end of May. The assignment has two parts. 1.) online lectures and tutorials that student can access at their own time and 2.) one synchronous workshop which will be offered both online and in-person at several dates and times before the official start of the summer university courses. Sign-up is first come first serve. All students are expected to complete this assignment before classes begin.



We reserve the right to cancel the course if we do not get enough applications. This will be communicated on https://www.cbs.dk/uddannelse/international-summer-university-programme-isup/courses-and-exams in start March.”


Expected literature

Mandatory readings:

Microsoft Excel Data Analysis and Business Modeling, 6th Edition 

By  Wayne Winston    

ISBN-13: 978-1509305889

ISBN-10: 1509305882



Last updated on 16-11-2022