- Class Number 4436
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- AsPr Xianming Zhou
- AsPr Xianming Zhou
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 28/05/2021
- Census Date 31/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
This course introduces students to the academic research in corporate finance. Corporate finance theory deals with the roles of corporations in the capital market and the interactions between investors, managers, regulators and other stakeholders. The objectives of this course are to learn the theories of corporate finance, analyse the research questions, and critically evaluate the academic papers.
This course focuses on selected classic and contemporary theoretical and empirical academic papers and provides students with an advanced and rigorous background in mainstream issues in modern corporate finance research.
At the end of the course, it is expected that the students have developed an appreciation of the role of theory in corporate finance research, an in-depth knowledge of the research methods and philosophies employed in researching a wide range of corporate finance problems and issues, and an ability to critically analyse, and evaluate the literature in corporate finance.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Use an appropriate framework for considering corporate finance problems and issues;
- Develop and test corporate finance research questions and communicate the results; and
- Critically analyse, and evaluate the corporate finance literature.
Based on selected classic and contemporary papers published in top academic journals, this course is to lead students to walk into the world of research in corporate finance, acquire relevant knowledge from both theoretical and empirical perspectives, and develop important research capabilities with regard to communication, presentation, analysis, writing, and critical thinking.
Examination Material or equipment
The final examination will be conducted online via Turnitin, for which any material will be allowed.
All required readings can be accessed via Wattle.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Comments and corrections to each group assignment;
- Discussion of general issues in class for each assignment;
- Discussion with group members during consultation time.
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.
Announcements: Students are expected to check the Wattle site for announcements about this course, e.g. changes to timetables or notifications of cancellations.
Intra-group Assessment: At the end of this course, each student will be asked to submit a confidential assessment of each group member's coverall contribution to the group work. This information, being verified, may be used to make necessary within-group adjustments to group-work marks.
Support for Students: The University offers a number of support services for students. Information on these is available online from http://students.anu.edu.au/studentlife/.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|2||Introduction: Empirical Method|
|4||Equity and Debt Financing||Presentation|
|6||Payout Policy||Presentation; Replication Assignment Due|
|9||Ownership Structure and Performance||Presentation|
|10||Mergers and Acquisitions||Presentation; Term-Paper Presentation Slides Due|
|11||Project presentation||Term-Paper Presentation|
|12||Project presentation||Term-Paper Presentation; Term Paper Due|
There will be no tutorials or workshops.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Replication Assignment||20 %||29/03/2021||04/04/2021||1,2|
|Term Paper||30 %||28/05/2021||10/06/2021||1,2,3|
|Final Examination – online via Turnitin, 3 hours duration||35 %||03/06/2021||01/07/2021||1,2,3|
* 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:
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 Academic Integrity . 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
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Assessment Tasks 1 and 3 will be completed in a group containing 3-4 students. Each team member will be responsible for the assigned task required to complete the group assignment.
Students should commence forming groups as soon as possible, and once decided upon, email the instructor with the details of their group (student names and IDs of all members), with all group members included as recipients to the email. To assist students in finding a group, a discussion forum will be available via Wattle where students may post their desire to find a group, and/or existing groups looking for additional members. Students who are unable to join a group by the end of week 1 will be assigned to a group by the instructor. Group formation is to be finalised in week 2. It is requested that any students intending to drop the course make their decision prior to team formation. The two assignments are to be done in the same groups.
For Assignment Task 1, since week 3 and until week 10, there will be two group presentations via Zoom each week. Students are required to evaluate an academic paper by summarising and commenting on the paper and discussing the paper’s weaknesses and possible directions of improvement or extension (in aspects such as motivation, contribution, and research design).The instructor will decide on the assignment of presentation topics among study groups and announce on Wattle each week's presentation group two weeks in advance. The instructor will explain the marking scheme for presentations in week 1. Presentations will be videoed for review purposes.
For each week's presentations, the slides will need to be submitted via Turnitin on Wattle, one day before the scheduled presentation by one group member, with an included cover sheet noting the group members. The file name should be labelled as "Article Presentation Slides - Group XX". All members need to participate in the presentation.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
This assignment task is compulsory and redeemable for students. It will count towards either 20% or 0% (if the assignment is redeemed or not submitted) of a student’s overall course grade.
Students will be required to conduct empirical analysis on the given dataset and submit their answers to the assigned questions. The answers should include necessary exhibits and a description of sample construction procedure. Instruction and data will be provided on Wattle in week 3.
The assignment will be submitted online via Wattle with the provided cover sheet. The file of submission should be named as “Replication - Student ID".
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
The term paper should include a research question, motivation for the question/contribution to extant literature, hypothesis development, sample selection, and
detailed empirical research design. It needs to be written following the given instructions and submitted, by one group member, via Turnitin on Wattle, with the provided
cover sheet. The file name should be “Term Paper - Group XX".
Each group will present their term paper, during Weeks 11 and 12. Each group will their prepare presentation slides and submit them in Week 10. There are no specific format or structure requirements for the slides. The file should be named "Term Paper Presentation Slides - Group XX".
Instruction for this assignment will be posted on Wattle in week 8. Students will be provided with further details regarding term paper presentation and marking scheme.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Final Examination – online via Turnitin, 3 hours duration
Date: To be scheduled by the ANU Examinations Office to take place during the final exam period.
This 3-hour exam is designed to test the student’s understanding and comprehension of the course material and ensure they have obtained the learning objectives of the course. Students are free to use any relevant material. The exam will consist of discussion questions, focusing on issues covered by lectures notes or discussed in class from the presented articles. Students will be provided with further details regarding the exam in week 10. The marking criteria will be based on answers prepared by the lecturer.
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.
Assignments for this course are submitted using Turnitin in the course Wattle site. You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your
assignment. Assignments must include the cover sheet provided on the course Wattle site. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
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 http://online.anu.edu.au/turnitin.
No hardcopy submission is required.
No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
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.
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.
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).
- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
- ANU Diversity and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
- ANUSA supports and represents undergraduate and ANU College students
- PARSA supports and represents postgraduate and research students
Managerial Compensation, Corporate Governance, Capital Markets
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