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The MSc Financial Decision Analysis is practically orientated and based on financial, computational and modelling studies related to financial decision making and analysis, including investment, risk management, budgeting, finance, financial analysis, planning and forecasting and research methods. The course is specifically designed for those with non-financial backgrounds who would like to move into positions involving financial decision analysis in a variety of different organisations. Course Content: Semester 1 ? Financial Analysis ? Business Systems and Planning ? Corporate Finance ? Decision and Risk Analysis In the first semester key areas of accounting and finance and decision-making are covered Financial Analysis The aim of this unit is to develop a critical awareness of the financial environment from both an accounting and finance perspective. Having studied this unit, students should understand the purpose of a company's annual report, and its relationship with corporate governance regulations both domestically and internationally be able to analyse and interpret company information, both from the stock market and annual report examine the role of the regulatory environment for corporate reporting and the stock market understand the pricing of bonds and shares. Business Systems and Planning This unit is more concerned with the design of accounting information systems for managers. For example, preparing business plans and designing and developing management reporting and other decision support systems Corporate Finance This unit will look at shareholder value and the goals of the firm, corporate governance, advanced capital budgeting, strategic analysis of capital investment decisions, dividend policy, financing policy, and mergers and acquisitions. Decision and Risk Analysis This unit covers key areas of decision and risk analysis including fundamental concepts which can be used to understand and improve the process of decision making key statistical concepts selecting and using appropriate software tools as aids to decision making. The aim is that by the end of the first semester, students will have a good understanding of key areas of accounting, finance and approaches to decision making. This will provide the underpinning for units studied in the second semester. Semester 2 ? Corporate Finance ? Research Methods ? Option 1 ? Option 2 As core, you would study Corporate Finance and Research Methods. The former looks in more depth at key theoretical and empirical issues in domestic and multi-national corporate financial management and their practical applications and limitations. You would then have a choice of options with the possibility of focussing on finance, development of management information and reporting systems or a mix. Behavioural Finance This unit considers the implementation of investment strategies, through presentation of theoretical developments, guided critical analysis of research and analysis of live data. Derivatives This unit develops knowledge of the theory and applications of key financial derivatives products with the emphasis on futures, forwards, interest rates and swaps. Business Valuation This unit develops particular issues in corporate finance practice related to the important area of business valuation. This area of study is particularly relevant for mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, litigation and forensic accounting work. Fixed Income Securities This unit provides a thorough understanding of the fixed income securities market and develops the analytical skills specific to valuing fixed income securities and the management of interest rate risk. Strategic Management Accounting and Resource Allocation This unit considers the relationship between, strategy, strategic management and strategic management accounting and sets the latter in the context of the historical development of management accounting in general. It critically evaluates the various tools, techn

The MSc Financial Decision Analysis is practically orientated and based on financial, computational and modelling studies related to financial decision making and analysis, including investment, risk management, budgeting, finance, financial analysis, planning and forecasting and research methods. The course is specifically designed for those with non-financial backgrounds who would like to move...

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