Corporate Finance (BØK260)

This introductory course in finance primarily focuses on how companies select investments, and then determine financing for the investment decisions. The purpose of the course is to give the students the necessary knowledge about the concepts and methods used to make investment decisions. The main focus is on financial investments (stocks and bonds), project financing and various investment decisions for projects are reviewed. An introduction to options is also given. The language of instruction and the exam language is English.

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


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  • Introduction - course context in economy and financial markets
  • Cash flows
  • Interest calculation / financial mathematics
  • Decision criteria (Net present value, internal rate of return, payback, etc.)
  • Risk and return
  • Cost of capital
  • Market efficiency
  • Financing of investments
  • International finance
  • Options
  • Risk management

Learning outcome


On completion of the course, students will be able to understand:

  • General principles of investment analysis
  • Why we focus on cash flows and not profit
  • Discount rate / cost of capital
  • The various decision criteria for an investment. NPV, IRR, etc
  • The concept of total risk, and how it is determined
  • Portfolio theory and its significance for diversification.
  • Beta and the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM)
  • Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC) and when to use it
  • Market efficiency
  • Options and risk management in international finance


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • make investment calculations and decisions for projects
  • apply discounting rules
  • use various decision criteria for both equities and bonds
  • apply the portfolio theory to different investment options and calculate Beta
  • apply the CAPM model
  • calculate the weighted average cost of capital
  • calculate the present value of investment projects and discuss risk in investment decisions
  • evaluate different financing options
  • evaluate options and arbitrage opportunities (as opposed to estimating option premiums)

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended prerequisites

BØK102 Financial accounting - principles and analysis, BØK108 Mathematical method for economists, BØK195 Financial and management accounting - an introduction, BØK265 Microeconomics


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 3 Hours Letter grades Valid calculator

Coursework requirements

Mandatory assignments
Weekly individual assignments: assignments must be approved in order to take the final exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Olga Aleksandrovna Rabanal

Study Program Director:

Tarjei Mandt Larsen

Method of work

Two sessions comprising four hours (48 hours) are lectures. In order to stimulate a good learning environment, two-way communication with the students is necessary. The students are responsible for participating in lectures, with questions, comments and discussion. It is therefore crucial that students prepare well for each lecture. The expected workload in this course is approximately 300 hours, including self-study.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Finance 1 (BØK260_1) 10
Capital investment and decision theory (ØK0111_1) 2
Managerial Finance (NH0523_1) 6
Managerial Finance (NH0523_A) 6
Financial management (ØK0012_1) 6
Finance 1 (ØK0012_2) 6
Finance 1 (ØK0012_A) 6
Finance 1 (BØK130_1) 10
Economic analysis (BHO200_1) 5
Corporate Finance (BHO395_1) 10
Corporate Finance in the hospitality industry (BHO395_2) 10

Open for

Business Administration - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Exchange programmes at UIS Business School

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto