Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Corporate Finance

Corporate Finance
6
14592
3
First semester
OB
Main language of instruction: Catalan

Other languages of instruction: English, Spanish,

Teaching staff


Ms. ISAC VEGA, Joan - jisac@uic.es

Introduction

This  course introduces the theories, knowledge, and financial tools an entrepreneur needs to start, build, and eventually harvest a successful venture.

Pre-course requirements

Financial Management I

Objectives

This course aims to:

  • Show students how to apply today’s most effective corporate finance tools and techniques to their own entrepreneurial ventures.
  • Focus on sound financial management practices, showing students how and where to obtain the financial capital necessary to run and grow a venture.
  • Explore the most important financial issues that entrepreneurs face, particularly the stages of financing, business cash flow models and strategic positioning of the early-stage company. 

Competencies

  • 01 - To be familiar with, understand and apply the methods, techniques and instruments specific to accounting.
  • 02 - To be familiar with and know how to interpret and apply current accounting standards.
  • 03 - To select and adequately apply applicable accounting alternatives.
  • 04 - To understand and know how to use financial terms within a business framework.
  • 05 - To understand the functions of corporate finance departments.
  • 06 - To know how to apply the main policies for capital structure and asset management.
  • 30 - To be familiar with information systems models: relational databases and mis, dss, eis, crm, scm, bi, km, erp, bpms models.
  • 31 - To develop the ability to identify and interpret numerical data.
  • 32 - To acquire problem solving skills based on quantitative and qualitative information.
  • 50 - To acquire the ability to relate concepts, analyse and synthesise.
  • 51 - To develop decision making skills.
  • 52 - To develop interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team.
  • 53 - To acquire the skills necessary to learn autonomously.
  • 54 - To be able to express one’s ideas and formulate arguments in a logical and coherent way, both verbally and in writing.
  • 59 - To skilfully use software and ICTs.

Learning outcomes

Students should acquire the knowledge to interact successfully with financial institutions and the regulatory agencies that are central to financing ventures as they grow and, ultimately, look for liquidity for their investors. By using the case study methodology students are engaged and they learn as they examine concepts such as venture capital funds, institutional investors and strategic alliances. This course also provides the student with a thorough understanding of the role of business angels, licensing agreements and exit strategies. To summarise, this course aims to provide the knowledge and skills today’s students need for entrepreneurial success.

Syllabus

1. Introduction and Overview.

2. From the Idea to the Business Plan.

3. Financing a New Venture.

4. Measuring Financial Performance.

5. Evaluating Financial Performance.

6. Financial Planning: Short-Term and Long-Term.

7. Types and Costs of Financial Capital.

8. Securities Law Considerations when Obtaining Venture Financing.

9. Valuing Early-Stage Ventures.

10. Venture Capital Valuation Methods.

11. Professional Venture Capital.

12. Other Financing Alternatives.

13. Security Structures and Determining Enterprise Values.

14. Harvesting the Business Venture Investment.

15. Financially Troubled Ventures: Turnaround Opportunities?

 

 

Teaching and learning activities

In person



Lectures 
Practical classes 
Self-learning activities 
Supervised work


Evaluation systems and criteria

In person



Mid-course Examination: 20%. Divided into two parts: theoretical part (40% of mark) and practical part (60% of mark). A 50% score is required on each part to pass the examination.

Final Examination: 75%. Divided into two parts; theoretical part (50% of mark) and practical part (50% of mark). A 50% score is required on each part to pass the examination. The final examination must be passed to obtain an average with other activities.

Evaluation activities during the course, class attendance (no established dates): 10%

Second-sitting examination: A score of 5 out of 7 is required to pass this examination. Divided into two parts: theoretical part (39% of mark) and practical part (61% of mark). A score of 5 out of 7 on each part is required to pass the examination. No average with other activities (evaluation activities during the course and final project) will be calculated.

Final Mark: The resulting mark will be weighted by the attendance percentage, with an allowance of one missed class, even for a resit. Inappropriate behaviour in class will count against the final mark.

Bibliography and resources

Erinciples of Corporate Finance. Brealey, R.A., Myers, S.C. McGraw-Hill Irwin.

Teaching and learning material