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Finance (ICTiB)


Admission requirements



Finance is the subject which deals with both sides of the corporate balance sheet: which projects should a corporation take on and what is the best way to finance them? In Finance we study how corporation s take investment decisions, but especially how they should take them. What return should a corporation make on its investments? How do you value options in an investment project? How do you deal with risk in an investment project? How do you value a corporation? If a project is worthwhile, in an efficient capital market a corporation should always be able to find funding for it. Are capital markets efficient? How do you value bonds and stocks? Does it matter how much dividend a corporation pays out to its shareholder? Are hostile takeovers a good or a bad thing? In this course we will focus on the big questions in corporate finance.

Course objectives

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:
1. use the basic techniques for investment evaluation
2. ink the major debates in corporate finance to real life cases
3. have a real understanding of the major debates in corporate finance

  • Market efficiency

  • Dividend Policy

  • Option valuation

  • Debt structure and its relevance


The schedule can be found on the LIACS website

Detailed table of contents can be found in blackboard.

Mode of instruction

3 hours interactive lectures every week, 6 weeks long. Several guest speakers will be part of the lectures.

Assessment method

You will be evaluated and graded for this course on the following basis:

  • Active Participation (25%)

  • Presentation Case Studies (25%)

  • Final Exam (50%)

You will get final comprehensive grade. If the give final grade differs materially (more than two points of your expected grade), you are entitled to get a full detailed explanation, if you refer within two weeks of the final submission, in order to improve your grade, if any.

To pass the course, your final grade must be at least 6,0.



Reading list

Van Horne: Fundamentals of Financial Management, 13/E
Publisher: Financial Times Press
Copyright: 2009
ISBN-13: 9780273713630

Signing up for classes and exams

You have to sign up for classes and examinations (including resits) in uSis. Check this link for more information and activity codes.

There is a limited capacity for students from outside the master ICT in Business. Please contact the Programme Co-ordinator.

Contact information

Programme Co-ordinator ms. Judith Havelaar LL.M