Courses NonDegree Display 2019-2020

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Course title Managerial Finance and Accounting
Course code EBC2165
ECTS credits 6,5
Assessment Whole/Half Grades
Period
Period Start End Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
1 2-9-2019 25-10-2019 X/E L X/E
Level no level
Coordinator Stefanie Kleimeier
For more information: s.kleimeier@maastrichtuniversity.nl
Language of instruction English
Goals
-Understand what finance theory says about the choice between debt and equity finance for a firm. Compare these theoretical predictions with corporate reality.
-Understand a firm's payout policy: Why do firms pay dividends? Do investors demand dividends? Should dividends matter for the firm or the investor? How do dividends compare to share repurchases?
- Learn about derivatives, their pricing and use by firms and investors.
-Identifying what the costs of different business activities are
-Decision making using cost-benefit guidelines. What is the most profitable way of organizing my business? What kind of information is relevant for certain decisions, and which kind is not?
-Analyzing why cost-benefit estimations do not turn out to be as planned (Budgeting and variance analysis). Where did we go wrong and who is responsible for it?
Description
The first part deals with basic issues in finance, such as capital structure, dividend policy and derivatives. In particular, building on the finance knowledge presented in the first year of your studies, we will now provide you with additional concepts in the two main areas of finance: corporate finance and financial markets. Regarding corporate finance, this course builds on the basic concepts of investment decision making within a company and the role of the cost of capital of a firm and proceeds to discuss the relevance of an optimal corporate strategy regarding the choice between debt and equity and between dividends and retained earnings. Regarding financial markets and following the discussion of basic financial instruments such as stocks and bonds in the first year, this course now proceeds to more complex financial instruments including futures and options. After investigating the specific characteristics of these derivatives, their payoff structures and pricing will be the focus of attention.
The second part deals with management accounting and addresses three areas: (1) cost accounting, (2) decision-making, and (3) planning and evaluation. In cost accounting, we study how different sorts of costs can be related to business activities, which is often not straightforward. The next area, decision-making, helps to attach a “financial meaning” to actions and outcomes, in order to make decisions that affect firm profitability in the most positive way. Finally, in planning and evaluation, we will address the use and analysis of budgets, and focus on how plans are accounted for. 

Literature
* Berk and De Marzo, Corporate Finance, Pearson. (We will use the same edition as used in the 1st year’s course EBC1025.)
* Management and Cost Accounting. Drury, C. 10th Edition. Cengage. ISBN/EAN: 9781473748873
Prerequisites
Students are expected to understand the following finance concepts: Types of securities (stocks, bonds) and their returns; Markowitz’ portfolio theory (risk-return relationships, efficient frontier, security market line), CAPM (capital market line, beta); definitions and implications of market efficiency; principles of time value of money; converting accounting figures into cash flows; capital budgeting including NPV, IRR. Although there are no prerequisites for the accounting part of the course, students are expected to be familiar with the main concepts of financial accounting, such as financial statements and cost versus accrual accounting from the first year accounting course.
An advanced level of English is required.

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Teaching methods PBL / Presentation / Lecture / Assignment
Assessment methods Participation / Written Exam
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This course belongs to the following programmes / specialisations
Bachelor International Business Year 2 Compulsory Course(s)
Bachelor International Business - Emerging Markets Year 2 Core Course(s)
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SBE Exchange Master Bachelor Exchange Courses
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