• Class Number 2589
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Hua Deng
    • Dr Hua Deng
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
SELT Survey Results

Corporate Valuation is a course that draws on core corporate finance principles, theories and methods previously studied. Students will work in teams to value an existing company, present their analysis and investment recommendation. The techniques covered include discounted cash flow, multiple-based and asset-based valuations. Because of the richness of the approach, most of the focus will be on discounted cash flow analysis. While this entails more work and requires significant student initiative, this type of ‘learning by doing’ should provide a lasting framework.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Apply appropriate techniques for company valuation;
  2. Apply theories and concepts learned in other finance courses; and
  3. Effectively work in groups and discuss results of the activities undertaken in a team.

Research-Led Teaching

Students undertaking this course will be imparted with the necessary skills for industry based research. This will include involving students in critical analysis of industry based problems such as valuation, capital budgeting and risk assessment.

Examination Material or equipment

Final exam: Dictionary, non-programmable calculator and one A4 page with notes on both sides (can be typed).

Required Resources

Students are expected to have access to a copy of the prescribed book for the duration of the semester. The book can be purchased from the on campus bookshop, with a small number of copies also available for 2 hour loan in the reserve loan section of the Chifley Library.

Koller, T., Goedhart, M. and Wessels, D., Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies, 6th Edition, University Edition, Mc Kinsey & Co (John Wiley and Sons), 2015. [denoted ‘KGW’]

Library ebook link: Valuation, Mc Kinsey & Co, 6th Edition, University Edition

Hard copies are available in the library for standard and short loans.

Harry Hartog on campus stocks this title.


CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct



CFA Institute Standards of Practice Handbook (Standard V)


Damodaran A., Investment Valuation, 3rd Edition, University Edition (John Wiley and Sons), 2012. [denoted ‘Damodaran’]

Library ebook link: Damodaran, Investment Valuation, 3rd Edition, University Edition

Harry Hartog on campus stocks this title.

Additional materials will be made available on Wattle, including supplementary course notes, selected analyst reports, CFA readings, example worksheets, and other relevant items.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Assessment Requirements

As a further academic integrity control, students may be selected for a 15 minute individual oral examination of their written assessment submissions.

Any student identified, either during the current semester or in retrospect, as having used ghost writing services will be investigated under the University’s Academic Misconduct Rule.


Your final mark for the course will be based on the raw marks allocated for each of your assessment items. However, your final mark may not be the same number as produced by that formula, as marks may be scaled. Any scaling applied will preserve the rank order of raw marks (i.e. if your raw mark exceeds that of another student, then your scaled mark will exceed the scaled mark of that student), and may be either up or down.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course overview; Valuation in context (No workshop this week) KGW Ch1, Ch2, Ch3
2 DCF Valuation Assignment workshop KGW Ch8, Ch12, Ch14
3 Building a company model; Reorganizing the financial statements Assignment workshop KGW Ch9
4 Forecasting and model integrity Assignment workshop KGW Ch6, Ch10, Ch11
5 Cost of capital Assignment workshop KGW Ch13; Course Note 1
6 Incorporating growth potential Assignment workshop KGW Ch7, Ch27
7 Multiple-based valuations Assignment workshop KGW Ch16; Course Note 2 (p1-6)
8 Asset-based valuations Assignment workshop Damodaran Ch19, Ch25; KGW Ch17; Course Note 2 (p7-10)
9 Sensitivity and scenario analysis Assignment workshop KGW Ch15; Damodaran Ch33
10 Forming a recommendation Assignment workshop KGW Ch4, Ch5
11 Special issues: industry ethics; cross-borer valuation; evaluating management; capital structure as value driver Assignment workshop KGW Ch23, Ch29; CFA Code of Ethics; CFA Standard of Practice Handbook Part V
12 Special cases: high growth companies; cyclical companies; financial firms Review and guidance for the final exam KGW Ch32, Ch33, Ch34

Tutorial Registration

Please see Wattle for tutors’ information

Tutorial signup for this course will be done via the Wattle website. Detailed information about signup times will be provided on Wattle. When tutorials are available for enrolment, follow these steps:

1.   Log on to Wattle, and go to the course site

2.   Click on the link “Tutorial enrolment”

3.   On the right of the screen, click on the tab “Become Member of…..” for the tutorial class you wish to enter

4.   Confirm your choice

If you need to change your enrolment, you will be able to do so by clicking on the tab “Leave group….” and then re-enrol in another group. You will not be able to enrol in groups that have reached their maximum number. Please note that enrolment in ISIS must be finalised for you to have access to Wattle.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Assignment #1 Company model and DCF valuation 20 % 20/04/2020 04/05/2020 1,2,3
Assignment #2 The complete package: company model, DCF valuation, multiple and/or asset-based valuation and analyst report 30 % 29/05/2020 20/06/2020 1,2,3
Final Exam 50 % 04/06/2020 04/07/2020 1,2
Online Quizzes 0 % 06/03/2020 06/03/2020 1,2

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 20/04/2020
Return of Assessment: 04/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Assignment #1 Company model and DCF valuation

Students are asked to sign up for an assignment group at Wattle by Wednesday Mar. 11th, Week 3. All groups must consist of 5 - 6 students. Any individuals not enrolled into a group and small groups of less than 5 members are to be allocated randomly by the lecturer by Friday Mar. 13th. Each group is expected to build a DCF valuation model (Assignment #1) and multiple-based (asset-based) valuations (Assignment #2) for a listed Australian company; and submit the complete valuation portfolio in week 12 with an analyst research report that includes valuation analysis and investment recommendations (Assignment #2). Details on objectives, requirements, group formation, guidance and marking criteria will be outlined in the Assignment on wattle.

The workshop commences from Week 2 with themed discussions on the assignment. The week 2 workshop introduces the “KGW model” template, and offers general advice on modelling in Microsoft Excel. From week 3, guidance will be given on how to conduct analysis for your company, including discussing methods and addressing any common problems or matters raised by students. At least one member from each team MUST attend, participate in the discussion and take notes, although all should attend with prepared questions. The workshop is used as the main forum seeking help for your assignment. The lecturer will NOT answer assignment related questions by email, unless it’s a fact-based question. A face-to-face conversation is a more effective way on this regard. You are welcome to talk to the lecturer in class, during lecture breaks or consultation time.

All questions regarding the lectures and the assignment should be directed to the lecturer. Important: before coming to the lecturer’s consultations, make sure you have reviewed all lecture/tutorial/workshop materials and recordings. If you ask an assignment question that has been discussed in workshops you will be asked to listen to the recordings. This policy is to improve the efficiency of using the lecturer’s time and give the students who do need face-to-face time with the lecturer a fair chance. The lecturer would very much appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

All questions regarding the tutorials should be directed to the tutors.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 29/05/2020
Return of Assessment: 20/06/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Assignment #2 The complete package: company model, DCF valuation, multiple and/or asset-based valuation and analyst report

Feedback for Assignment #1 are expected to be provided to students well before the submission of Assignment #2. Any errors or areas need improvement highlighted in the feedback are expected to be corrected or mitigated in the final submission of the valuation portfolio.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 04/06/2020
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Final Exam

This is a closed book exam but students are allowed to bring one A4 sheet of paper with notes on both sides. A mixture of theoretical and practical (numerical) questions will be asked. Students will need to review all material (weeks 1-12) pertaining to the course. Students will be provided with further details regarding the exam in week 12.

Centrally administered examinations through Examinations, Graduations & Prizes will be timetabled prior to the examination period. Please check ANU Timetabling for further information. Further information about the examination will be provided in class and on Wattle closer to the time of the examination.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 0 %
Due Date: 06/03/2020
Return of Assessment: 06/03/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Online Quizzes

Online quiz questions are available at wattle to help students to understand some key concepts covered in lectures. The grades of online quizzes are not counted towards the overall course grade. Students are expected to attempt these quiz questions in their own time following the course schedule. It is will be announced when each quiz is available on wattle. The date shown in the assessment summary as above is the the date when the first quiz is available online. If time allows, the lecturer may ask the class to attempt the quiz in lecture and discuss the solutions afterwards.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

Assignments are submitted using the course Wattle site. Hard copy or email submission is only acceptable by the approval of the lecturer before the assignment is due on a case by case basis. Only one submission is required from each group. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Important: to correctly distribute assignment marks and the feedback files, each student must sign up for a Group on Wattle. You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure the assignment files are uploaded correctly.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission permitted.

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Extension of the assignment is not usually considered by the lecturer as the assignment is done by a large group of students and to be completed from week 3 to week 12 progressively. Other group members are expected to complete the tasks even if one or more members were not able to due to any uncontrollable reasons. No extension or special consideration will be granted to small teams (less than 5 students due to unexpected drop out of some members).

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Feedback on the assignment will be returned via Wattle or email by the date as set out in the "Assessment" section.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

No resubmission of assignment is accepted.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Hua Deng

Research Interests

Corporate finance, corporate governance

Dr Hua Deng

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Tuesday 15:00 16:30
Wednesday 09:30 11:30
Dr Hua Deng

Research Interests

Dr Hua Deng

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Tuesday 15:00 16:30
Wednesday 09:30 11:30

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