What is this course about?

In this module, you will learn about key financial topics such as present value, Internal Rate of Return (IRR), capital budgeting, equity, bonds, diversification, portfolio choice and the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM). These topics are often discussed and explored in great detail in business and management programs across the globe as well as everyday business operations.

What are the learning outcomes?

  • Using finance tools to make decisions in real life. For example, a lot of important decisions in life revolve around saving and investment.
  • The time value of money and how to save for a university degree and how to make capital budgeting decisions related to a big project such as a flat purchase.
  • Riskless discounting which comes in handy when valuing riskless fixed income investments such as government bonds.
  • How to adjust the discount rate for risk which is useful when valuing risky projects or cash flows for start up companies or corporate bonds.
  • IPOs and how to value a company.
  • How to apply your knowledge to retirement planning and deciding whether to invest in an annuity.
  • Asset allocation and diversification and how diversification affects the risk adjustment of the discount rate.
  • How to value companies based on beta and the capital asset pricing model.

Who is this course aimed at?

This module is not specific to any undergraduate degree, but is targeted at anyone who has an interest in Business or applying their STEM knowledge outside academia.

How will this course be delivered?

This is an asynchronous module and will be delivered online, via the EdX Edge platform. Instructions on how to access the course can be found in the links to courses tab of your Microsoft Teams space.

How much time will the course take up?

A total of approximately 16 hours to be distributed in time according to your own preference.