Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Financial Aspects of International Business

Course summary

Course code: BUSI1652
Level: 4
Credits: 15
School: Business Faculty
Department: International Bus and Economics
Course Coordinator(s): Francesco Guidi



The aims of the course are to:
• develop basic understanding of financial concepts and terminology
• equip students with a set of analytical skills to interpret financial documents and reports
• provide students with an understanding of the different forms of risk multinational companies are facing

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:
1 Develop knowledge of main aspects of corporate governance
2 Understand the information contained in the balance sheet, income statement and statement of cash flow
3 Calculate and interpret key measures of financial performance
4 Appreciate the multi-faceted nature of risk associated with doing business internationally

Indicative content

- Investment and financial decisions
- Financial statements and ratio analysis techniques
- Common technique for forecasting exchange rates
- Techniques used by firms to measure a country’s financial risk
- Fundamental issues in corporate governance

Teaching and learning activity

Workshops combining elements of traditional lectures with lab activities These lectures will be supported by weekly Lab sessions where students are develop practical skills in analysing data using models. Students are expected to acquire working-knowledge of the database Orbis and Excel for financial purposes. Students are expected to be prepared for the lecture and IT Lab session sessions by completing the reading and attempting the review questions before attending classes. Furthermore, students are also expected to undertake self-study in order to enhance their understanding and knowledge of the subject. Students are assessed on the basis of individual assignment and an in-class test.


Company analysis - 100%
LO - 1,2,3,4
Pass mark - 40%
3,000 words (+/- 10%)
An analysis of a company, using relevant databases and other publicly available datasources.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
Weekly tasks and inclass discussion will prepare students for their assignment.