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Finance Fundamentals - MAN00026C

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  • Department: The York Management School
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Helena Pinto
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

This module provides a solid foundation to concepts in finance and financial markets. It provides an overview of the finance area covering the basic theories of financial markets, corporate finance, and security analysis.

Module learning outcomes

Use the concept of the time value of money;

Understand the organisational framework in which financial instruments are traded;

Understand different sources of finance;

Understand how to value bonds, some introductory models of shares valuation and the concept of risk and return;

Have an understanding of how the main principles of finance apply to the finance and investment decision of an individual or family unit.

Academic and graduate skills developed:

  • Self-management

  • Problem solving

  • Group working

  • Academic writing

Module content

  • Introduction to Finance and Investing

  • Time Value of Money and interest rates

  • Financial Markets, short term financial instruments and financial Intermediaries

  • Bonds Introduction

  • Short and medium-term debt instruments

  • Stock Valuation (Dividend Discount, NPVGO and Free Cash flow models)

  • Introduction to Risk and Return and risk aversion

  • Introduction to portfolio management and CAPM

  • Personal Finance


Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Closed Exam
3 hours 70
Assignment (Group Work)
N/A 30

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Closed Exam
3 hours 70
Essay : Assignment
N/A 30

Module feedback

Feedback will be given in accordance with the University Policy on feedback in the Guide to Assessment as well as in line with the School policy.

Indicative reading

Arnold, G., Lewis, D., 2019. Corporate financial management. Pearson Education.

Gitman, L.J., Joehnk, M.D., Smart, S. and Juchau, R.H., 2015. Fundamentals of investing. Pearson Higher Education AU.

Hillier, D., Ross, S., Westerfield, R., Jaffe, J. and Jordan, B., 2021. Corporate finance.4th edition. McGraw-Hill.

Mishkin, F. and Eakins, S., 2003. Financial Markets and Institutions. Pearson Education.

Richard, P. and Bill, N., 2011. Corporate Finance and Investment-Decisions & Strategies.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.