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    Aspects of finance theory and policy and international financial management. Includes directed reading and seminars related to corporate financial management.

    The primary aim of the paper is to provide the student with an in-depth understanding of advanced issues in corporate finance. The general approach followed will include:

    1. Formal instruction: Derivation and detailed discussion of the main results of seminal papers dealing with capital structure policy and dividend policy will constitute the primary mode of instruction in the first five weeks of the semester. This is expected to equip the students with adequate theoretical understanding of issues, such as why capital structures and dividend policies vary across firms. This groundwork will then be used to understand empirical findings that attempt to test their implications.
    2. Student presentations: Students will present the empirical papers from the list provided (the structure of student presentation will be ascertained upon knowledge of final enrolment). Every student is expected to read the papers and come to class with some critically-thought-out questions/comments pertaining to the issues in the papers prescribed for that class before coming to the class.

    About this paper

    Paper title Advanced Corporate Finance
    Subject Finance
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,196.41
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Recommended Preparation
    FINC 303
    Teaching staff

    Dr Tom Stannard.

    Teaching Arrangements

    This paper is taught via lectures.


    Textbooks are not required for this paper. However, some advised supplementary readings will be useful.

    Course outline

    View the course outline for FINC 402

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper should:

    1. Develop an ability to communicate information, arguments, ideas and analyses effectively, both orally and in writing
    2. Develop a critical approach to the contextualisation, presentation and evaluation of arguments and evidence with respect to relevant literature and perspectives
    3. Acquire advanced specialist knowledge in a particular area of study
    4. Develop organisational, personal and research skills so as to ensure completion of a substantial piece of original advanced research in an acceptable period of time
    5. Develop the capability to present and engage in debate about the ideas and conclusions of the research with the international community of scholars


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    L1 Monday 15:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22
    Wednesday 15:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22
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