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Course Overview

Covering the intellectually and commercially fertile ground at the accountancy/finance interface. Considering financial analysis from both theoretical and practical angles. Do you need to understand financial reporting to be an investor? How should we assess the success of an acquisition? Why do accountants think mergers don’t exist? How do companies decide on financing strategies? Does corporate governance and ethics really matter – do share prices react to it? These are some of the questions we will address alongside using DataStream and the ThomsonReuters Eikon system. The course might give you some ideas for your dissertation too.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Laura Mccann

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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Course Description

This course consists of 12 weeks of material that concentrates on the main points of overlap between users and providers of accounting information. In particular it would focus on the investor's perspective on financial information. Advanced portfolio and investment theory. Choosing Investments from a large universe of assets. Accounting information as signals in investment management. Types of investor:

  • Mutual and pension funds
  • Closed end funds
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Hedge funds and boutiques

Capital market responses to events and event studies, as in:

  • Tax arbitrage

The role of investment banks:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Corporate actions
  • Book building and IPOs

The role of auditor and the accountant as a consultant.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 10 - 11, 14 - 15

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1x DataStream Certificate (10%)

2 x 2500 word essay/report (45% each)

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

Resit: One assessment comprising 2 essays (1,500 - 2,000 words each) (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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