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MN3101 Corporate Finance and Control

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

This module separates the problems of financially vulnerable firms from financially strong firms. The balance sheets and cash flows of vulnerable firms tend to be unusually susceptible to financial pressures and cyclical influences; asymmetries of information and agency costs operate as constraints on the access of such firms to external funding; they are likely to experience both credit and equity rationing in conditions of high interest rates; cash-flow interdependencies may adversely affect dividend and capital expenditure decisions alike. Financially strong firms to a large extend cope with such problems. Major decisions in financial management are presented in modern theory as multiple signals, which may corroborate or contradict one another, emitted by each firm.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for all Management Science degrees.

Optional for all Management degrees.

UG Pre-requisite(s):MN2001 and MN2002
UG Modules required for:MN3116

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2 lectures (x 10 weeks) and 1 tutorial (x 9 weeks) and 2 optional consultative hours (x 10 weeks)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 29
  • Guided independent study: 171

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 60%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 40%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr L Nguyen
Module teaching staff:Dr L Nguyen