MNGT5521 Financial Strategy - 2021

Term 4, Kensington
Term 1
6 Units of Credit

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This course outline is for the current semester. To view outlines from other years and/or semesters, visit the archives

1. Course Details

Summary of Course

The focus of the course is on corporate financing: that is, how organisations create and use strategies in the financial markets to obtain funding for their activities, how they structure the contracts for the supply of capital, and how they link these to internal contracts with assets within the organisation. Additionally, we will explore the application of corporate finance theory in the business environment.

Teaching Times and Locations

Please note that teaching times and locations are subject to change. Students are strongly advised to refer to the Class Timetable website for the most up-to-date teaching times and locations.

This course is scheduled to be offered at our Kensington Campus. At the time of publishing this Course Outline, it is not known whether this will be possible, due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, students who are unable to attend classes on campus should not enrol in this course.

If it is not possible for us to gather together on campus, we will offer the course synchronously online in Moodle.

Enrolled students will be advised of the updated schedule for the course in advance of the start of term.


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Course Policies & Support

Course Aims and Relationship to Other Courses

The Financial Strategy course starts with reviewing a Classical Finance model. Classical Finance takes the view that (i) the interests of the owners (equity holders) of an organisation and its management are aligned so the management is working only for the owners; and (ii) the creditors of an organisation will be repaid their funds with an appropriate return for risk unless a system-wide catastrophe overtakes the organisation. Nonetheless, it is recognised that in practice, management and ownership are often separated, and that asymmetric information prevents all capital market participants being able to know fully about the risks they face so stopping them from insuring against them.

We then study a wide range of actual financial market activities adopted by organisations to meet the requirements of their worried investors, using a life-cycle approach to organisations from their inception to their decline. We examine many examples of success and failure that financial investors have encountered in organisations both in Australia and overseas; and we learn about the driving forces behind changes in financial markets. We also look at developing optimal capital structures for various businesses and industries, how leveraged buyout financings are structured, how firms develop their capital structures for M&A bids and financing in emerging markets.

The only prerequisite for this course is the core Finance course or equivalent knowledge, and students do not need to have completed other Finance electives in the degree.

Additonal Course Details

3. Staff Contact Details

Position Name Email Location Phone Consultation Times
Course Coordinator and FacilitatorAnthony Yap
+61 2 9084 2071By appointment and as posted in Moodle

4. Learning and Teaching Activities

Approach to Learning and Teaching in the Course

Courses in the AGSM MBA Programs have been designed using the action learning approach. The action learning approach is based on the assumption that to achieve change we need to practise new behaviours and skills, receive feedback, see the consequences of new ways of behaving and thereby integrate new skills into our way of thinking and behaving.

From our own experience, we observe and reflect so that we can formulate new concepts, principles and strategies for action. Finally, we experiment and practise them in new situations.

We encourage you to start the learning cycle for yourself by working through the course materials, to formulate new understanding by active participation in the weekly sessions (e.g. discussions with the Course Coordinator, Facilitator and other students), and to enhance your learning through additional exercises and practice in real-life situations.

Learning Activities and Teaching Strategies

You have several major resources to help you learn:

  • The class sessions with your Course Coordinator and Facilitator. The Course Coordinator and Facilitators job is to facilitate your learning by teaching key concepts, conducting class discussions, answering questions that might arise for you after you have done the weeks work, providing insights from his own experience and understanding of theory, providing you with feedback on your assignments.
  • The written course materials included in the textbook and other readings posted on the course Moodle website.
  • Your fellow students. Your classmates are an invaluable potential source of learning for you. Their experiences in similar and different jobs and industries represent a great learning opportunity for you.

Course Structure

6. Course Resources

Course resources

  • Prescribed textbook: Bender, R 2013, Corporate financial strategy, 4th ed, Taylor & Francis.
  • Please note that enrolled students will be provided with access to the eBook version of this text prior to the commencement of the session.
  • Readings and cases will also be available for this course and issued during the course ahead of need and located on the AGSM MBA Program Moodle site.
  • UNSW Library:

Other resources

BusinessThink is UNSW's free, online business publication. It is a platform for business research, analysis and opinion. If you would like to subscribe to BusinessThink and receive the free monthly e-newsletter with the latest in research, opinion and business, go to

In addition to course-based resources, please also refer to the AGSM Online Learning Toolkit (available in Moodle) for tutorials and guides that will help you learn more about effective study practices and techniques.

7. Course Evaluation & Development

Continual Course Improvement

AGSM courses are revised each time they run, with updated course outlines and assessment tasks developed. Changes relating to any industry developments will also be included.

Additionally, the AGSM surveys students each time a course is offered. The data collected provides anonymous feedback from students on the quality of course content and materials, class facilitation, student support services and the program in general. This student feedback is considered during all course revisions.

Student Response

Students commented positively on the 'lecturer' (e.g. Real world experience) and the content (e.g. Application of theory in a practical context).

Students enjoyed the structure of the classes (video presentations) and activities.

Students provided feedback on the workload and class scheduling.

Response to Student Feedback

Changes have been made to the course schedule to provide course participants with time to manage their workload and assessments.

8. Course Schedule

Week Activity Topic Detail/Engagement Assessment Task
Week 1 -Introduction to Financial Strategy Framework for Analysis
Assessment 1 : In-class Case Analysis, Class Discussions and Exercises
Class Exercise 1 - Industry analysisAnalysing capital structures
Assessment 1 : In-class Case Analysis, Class Discussions and Exercises
Week 2 Class Exercise 2 - IPOCap Structures Cont'd / Financing Startups
Assessment 1 : In-class Case Analysis, Class Discussions and Exercises
In-class Case AnalysisFinancing Growth
Assessment 1 : In-class Case Analysis, Class Discussions and Exercises
Week 3 In-class Case AnalysisFinancing Decisions in Mature Companies
Assessment 1 : In-class Case Analysis, Class Discussions and Exercises
Class Exercise 3 - Challenging TimesDeclining Businesses & Financial Restructuring
Assessment 1 : In-class Case Analysis, Class Discussions and Exercises
Week 4 Mid-term Quiz opens (15%)
Assessment 2 : Mid-term Quiz
Week 5 In-class Case Analysis. Mid-term Quiz due.Private Equity and Leveraged buyout financing
Assessment 1 : In-class Case Analysis, Class Discussions and Exercises
Assessment 2 : Mid-term Quiz
Class DiscussionCapital Restructurings
Assessment 1 : In-class Case Analysis, Class Discussions and Exercises
Week 7 Class DiscussionCapital Structuring in M&A
Assessment 1 : In-class Case Analysis, Class Discussions and Exercises
Class Exercise 4: The M&A bidCapital Structuring in M&A
Assessment 1 : In-class Case Analysis, Class Discussions and Exercises
Week 9 In-class Case AnalysisNew Frontiers in Financial Strategy
Assessment 1 : In-class Case Analysis, Class Discussions and Exercises
Week 11 Group Assignment Due (30%). Final Quiz opens (30%)-
Assessment 4 : Final Quiz
Assessment 3 : Group Case Development assignment
Week 12 Final Quiz due (30%)
Assessment 4 : Final Quiz

9. Policies and Support

Information about UNSW Business School protocols, University policies, student responsibilities and education quality and support.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Business School places knowledge and capabilities at the core of its curriculum via seven Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs). These PLOs are systematically embedded and developed across the duration of all coursework programs in the Business School.

PLOs embody the knowledge, skills and capabilities that are taught, practised and assessed within each Business School program. They articulate what you should know and be able to do upon successful completion of your degree.

Upon graduation, you should have a high level of specialised business knowledge and capacity for responsible business thinking, underpinned by ethical professional practice. You should be able to harness, manage and communicate business information effectively and work collaboratively with others. You should be an experienced problem-solver and critical thinker, with a global perspective, cultural competence and the potential for innovative leadership.

All UNSW programs and courses are designed to assess the attainment of program and/or course level learning outcomes, as required by the UNSW Assessment Design Procedure. It is important that you become familiar with the Business School PLOs, as they constitute the framework which informs and shapes the components and assessments of the courses within your program of study.

PLO 1: Business knowledge

Students will make informed and effective selection and application of knowledge in a discipline or profession, in the contexts of local and global business.

PLO 2: Problem solving

Students will define and address business problems, and propose effective evidence-based solutions, through the application of rigorous analysis and critical thinking.

PLO 3: Business communication

Students will harness, manage and communicate business information effectively using multiple forms of communication across different channels.

PLO 4: Teamwork

Students will interact and collaborate effectively with others to achieve a common business purpose or fulfil a common business project, and reflect critically on the process and the outcomes.

PLO 5: Responsible business practice

Students will develop and be committed to responsible business thinking and approaches, which are underpinned by ethical professional practice and sustainability considerations.

PLO 6: Global and cultural competence

Students will be aware of business systems in the wider world and actively committed to recognise and respect the cultural norms, beliefs and values of others, and will apply this knowledge to interact, communicate and work effectively in diverse environments.

PLO 7: Leadership development

Students will develop the capacity to take initiative, encourage forward thinking and bring about innovation, while effectively influencing others to achieve desired results.

These PLOs relate to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs.  Separate PLOs for honours and postgraduate research programs are included under 'Related Documents'.

Business School course outlines provide detailed information for students on how the course learning outcomes, learning activities, and assessment/s contribute to the development of Program Learning Outcomes.



UNSW Graduate Capabilities

The Business School PLOs also incorporate UNSW graduate capabilities, a set of generic abilities and skills that all students are expected to achieve by graduation. These capabilities articulate the University’s institutional values, as well as future employer expectations.

UNSW Graduate CapabilitiesBusiness School PLOs
Scholars capable of independent and collaborative enquiry, rigorous in their analysis, critique and reflection, and able to innovate by applying their knowledge and skills to the solution of novel as well as routine problems.
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 7: Leadership development

Entrepreneurial leaders capable of initiating and embracing innovation and change, as well as engaging and enabling others to contribute to change
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 6: Global and cultural competence
  • PLO 7: Leadership development

Professionals capable of ethical, self-directed practice and independent lifelong learning
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 5: Responsible business practice

Global citizens who are culturally adept and capable of respecting diversity and acting in a socially just and responsible way.
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 5: Responsible business practice
  • PLO 6: Global and cultural competence

While our programs are designed to provide coverage of all PLOs and graduate capabilities, they also provide you with a great deal of choice and flexibility.  The Business School strongly advises you to choose a range of courses that assist your development against the seven PLOs and four graduate capabilities, and to keep a record of your achievements as part of your portfolio. You can use a portfolio as evidence in employment applications as well as a reference for work or further study. For support with selecting your courses contact the UNSW Business School Student Centre.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Academic Integrity is honest and responsible scholarship. This form of ethical scholarship is highly valued at UNSW. Terms like Academic Integrity, misconduct, referencing, conventions, plagiarism, academic practices, citations and evidence based learning are all considered basic concepts that successful university students understand. Learning how to communicate original ideas, refer sources, work independently, and report results accurately and honestly are skills that you will be able to carry beyond your studies.

The definition of academic misconduct is broad. It covers practices such as cheating, copying and using another person’s work without appropriate acknowledgement. Incidents of academic misconduct may have serious consequences for students.


UNSW regards plagiarism as a form of academic misconduct. UNSW has very strict rules regarding plagiarism. Plagiarism at UNSW is using the words or ideas of others and passing them off as your own. All Schools in the Business School have a Student Ethics Officer who will investigate incidents of plagiarism and may result in a student’s name being placed on the Plagiarism and Student Misconduct Registers.

Below are examples of plagiarism including self-plagiarism:

Copying: Using the same or very similar words to the original text or idea without acknowledging the source or using quotation marks. This includes copying materials, ideas or concepts from a book, article, report or other written document, presentation, composition, artwork, design, drawing, circuitry, computer program or software, website, internet, other electronic resource, or another person's assignment, without appropriate acknowledgement of authorship.

Inappropriate Paraphrasing: Changing a few words and phrases while mostly retaining the original structure and/or progression of ideas of the original, and information without acknowledgement. This also applies in presentations where someone paraphrases another’s ideas or words without credit and to piecing together quotes and paraphrases into a new whole, without appropriate referencing.

Collusion: Presenting work as independent work when it has been produced in whole or part in collusion with other people. Collusion includes:

  • Students providing their work to another student before the due date, or for the purpose of them plagiarising at any time
  • Paying another person to perform an academic task and passing it off as your own
  • Stealing or acquiring another person’s academic work and copying it
  • Offering to complete another person’s work or seeking payment for completing academic work

Collusion should not be confused with academic collaboration (i.e., shared contribution towards a group task).

Inappropriate Citation: Citing sources which have not been read, without acknowledging the 'secondary' source from which knowledge of them has been obtained.

Self-Plagiarism: ‘Self-plagiarism’ occurs where an author republishes their own previously written work and presents it as new findings without referencing the earlier work, either in its entirety or partially. Self-plagiarism is also referred to as 'recycling', 'duplication', or 'multiple submissions of research findings' without disclosure. In the student context, self-plagiarism includes re-using parts of, or all of, a body of work that has already been submitted for assessment without proper citation.

To see if you understand plagiarism, do this short quiz:


The University also regards cheating as a form of academic misconduct. Cheating is knowingly submitting the work of others as their own and includes contract cheating (work produced by an external agent or third party that is submitted under the pretences of being a student’s original piece of work). Cheating is not acceptable at UNSW.

If you need to revise or clarify any terms associated with academic integrity you should explore the 'Working with Academic Integrity' self-paced lessons available at:

For UNSW policies, penalties, and information to help you avoid plagiarism see: as well as the guidelines in the online ELISE tutorials for all new UNSW students: For information on student conduct see:

For information on how to acknowledge your sources and reference correctly, see: If you are unsure what referencing style to use in this course, you should ask the lecturer in charge.

Student Responsibilities and Conduct

​Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to university policies in relation to class attendance and general conduct and behaviour, including maintaining a safe, respectful environment; and to understand their obligations in relation to workload, assessment and keeping informed.

Information and policies on these topics can be found on the 'Managing your Program' website.


It is expected that you will spend at least ten to twelve hours per week studying for a course except for Summer Term courses which have a minimum weekly workload of twenty to twenty four hours. This time should be made up of reading, research, working on exercises and problems, online activities and attending classes. In periods where you need to complete assignments or prepare for examinations, the workload may be greater. Over-commitment has been a cause of failure for many students. You should take the required workload into account when planning how to balance study with employment and other activities.

We strongly encourage you to connect with your Moodle course websites in the first week of semester. Local and international research indicates that students who engage early and often with their course website are more likely to pass their course.

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Your regular and punctual attendance at lectures and seminars or in online learning activities is expected in this course. The Business School reserves the right to refuse final assessment to those students who attend less than 80% of scheduled classes where attendance and participation is required as part of the learning process (e.g., tutorials, flipped classroom sessions, seminars, labs, etc.).

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General Conduct and Behaviour

You are expected to conduct yourself with consideration and respect for the needs of your fellow students and teaching staff. Conduct which unduly disrupts or interferes with a class, such as ringing or talking on mobile phones, is not acceptable and students may be asked to leave the class.

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Health and Safety

UNSW Policy requires each person to work safely and responsibly, in order to avoid personal injury and to protect the safety of others.

View more information on Health and Safety

Keeping Informed

You should take note of all announcements made in lectures, tutorials or on the course web site. From time to time, the University will send important announcements to your university e-mail address without providing you with a paper copy. You will be deemed to have received this information. It is also your responsibility to keep the University informed of all changes to your contact details.

Student Support and Resources

​The University and the Business School provide a wide range of support services and resources for students, including:

Business School EQS Consultation Program
The Consultation Program offers academic writing, literacy and numeracy consultations, study skills, exam preparation for Business students. Services include workshops, online resources, individual and group consultations. 
Level 1, Room 1035, Quadrangle Building.
02 9385 4508

Communication Resources
The Business School Communication and Academic Support programs provide online modules, communication workshops and additional online resources to assist you in developing your academic writing.

Business School Student Centre
The Business School Student Centre provides advice and direction on all aspects of admission, enrolment and graduation.
Level 1, Room 1028 in the Quadrangle Building
02 9385 3189

UNSW Learning & Careers Hub
The UNSW Learning & Careers Hub provides academic skills and careers support services—including workshops, individual consultations and a range of online resources—for all UNSW students. See their website for details.
Lower Ground Floor, North Wing Chancellery Building.
02 9385 2060

Student Support Advisors
Student Support Advisors work with all students to promote the development of skills needed to succeed at university, whilst also providing personal support throughout the process.
John Goodsell Building, Ground Floor.
02 9385 4734

International Student Support
The International Student Experience Unit (ISEU) is the first point of contact for international students. ISEU staff are always here to help with personalised advice and information about all aspects of university life and life in Australia.
Advisors can support you with your student visa, health and wellbeing, making friends, accommodation and academic performance.
02 9385 4734

Equitable Learning Services
Equitable Learning Services (formerly Disability Support Services) is a free and confidential service that provides practical support to ensure that your health condition doesn't adversely affect your studies. Register with the service to receive educational adjustments.
Ground Floor, John Goodsell Building.
02 9385 4734

UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services
Provides support and services if you need help with your personal life, getting your academic life back on track or just want to know how to stay safe, including free, confidential counselling.
Level 2, East Wing, Quadrangle Building.
02 9385 5418

Library services and facilities for students
The UNSW Library offers a range of collections, services and facilities both on-campus and online.
Main Library, F21.
02 9385 2650

Moodle eLearning Support
Moodle is the University’s learning management system. You should ensure that you log into Moodle regularly.
02 9385 3331

UNSW IT provides support and services for students such as password access, email services, wireless services and technical support.
UNSW Library Annexe (Ground floor).
02 9385 1333

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