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Financial management

BAC6004 Coursework (Maximum word count 3,000 words)
You are required to select a public limited company from the list below,
conduct research and write a 3,000-word assignment addressing the
following questions:
1. Analyse the firm’s operating activities, financing activities and
investing activities by applying time series approach and industry
comparative analysis in the context of shareholder value for the last
three years. (60%)
2. Critically evaluate important qualitative factors analysts should
consider when evaluating a firm’s likely future financial performance.
Substantiate your answer with appropriate theories or concepts, relevant
supporting calculations and empirical evidence/examples.
Choose one of the following companies:
– Vodafone Plc; or
– BT Plc; or
– Debenhams Plc.
Learning outcomes:
 Calculate as demonstrated in lectures and seminars and interpret
investment ratios and other performance measures to facilitate the
valuation of shares/businesses in the context of mergers and
 Evaluate competing theories relating to capital gearing and dividend
policy and their impact on the development of corporate policies
Transferable skills:
– Demonstrate an ability to apply quantitative and analytical skills in
practical contexts
– Identify and extract relevant information, and to filter and process large
volumes of information into concise analysis
– Communicate complex ideas effectively through written means
– Demonstrate an ability to conduct an independent research and critical
– Use a range of learning resources competently and appropriately
Assignment/coursework general submission requirements:
 The coursework is due for submission at the Izone and Turnitin on the
7th of March 2016.
 Your formulae, workings and ratios should be shown in your
appendices, not in the main body of your work.
 Your student identification number must be clearly stated at the top of
each page of your work.
 A declaration that the work is your own (apart from otherwise
referenced acknowledgements) must be included after the title page
of your assignment.
 Each page must be numbered.
 Please use a minimum font size of 14.
 Where appropriate, a contents page, a list of tables/figures and a list
of abbreviations should precede your work.
 All referencing must adhere to School/Institutional requirements.
 A word count must be stated at the end of your work.
 Your course, year of study and the relevant module must be included
as a “footer” on each page.
 Appendices should be kept to the minimum and be of direct relevance
to the content of your work.
 All tables and figures must be correctly numbered and labelled.
 Your assignment/coursework should be submitted in one A4
transparent pocket.
 Standard assessment regulations apply. You must reference your
work as required by Cardiff Metropolitan University regulations and
must include a bibliography.
Assessment Criteria:
Identification and application of relevant theories/concepts
Use of supporting evidence/workings
Clarity of critical analysis
Structure and presentation


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