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Specialization
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Hours to complete

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Defining Attitudes Towards and Alternative Measures of Risk

This week we will define a statistical measure of stand-alone risk as being the standard deviation of returns. We will describe three alternative attitudes towards risk, settling on risk aversion as being the standard assumption made in financial markets. We will then analyse the impact of combining assets into a portfolio upon both risk and return and then quantify the benefits from diversification by comparing performance against a suitable benchmark....
Reading
6 videos (Total 58 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
1.0 Welcome and Introduction2m
1.1 Measuring stand-alone risk (Just the same old standard deviations)13m
1.2 Alternative attitudes towards risk (I don’t hate risk, I’m just averse to it...)13m
1.3 Portfolio Return and Risk (The more the merrier…)11m
1.4 Defining the Diversification Benefit (It’s All About the Eggs and Baskets...)14m
Reading7 readings
Course Syllabus10m
Your Teaching Team10m
Week 1 Outline10m
Start of Course Survey10m
Resources10m
Social Media10m
Study Tools and Tips10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Week 1 Practice Quiz - This quiz does not contribute to your final grade30m
Week 1 Graded Quiz - This quiz contributes 10% towards your final grade30m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Linking risk with expected return

This week we differentiate between systematic and unsystematic risk and explain how the expected returns that are reflected in the prices of assets should be linked to only one type of risk. We illustrate how the Capital Asset Pricing Model might be used to link systematic risk with expected return and then discuss the empirical shortcomings of the model. This leads to a description of more advanced models and we conclude with a review of survey evidence that considers the approach taken by finance mangers of large listed firms in practice. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 49 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
2.1 Unsystematic versus Systematic Risk (Getting rid of unrewarded risk)13m
2.2 Capital Asset Pricing Model (It’s all about the discount rate)8m
2.3 Empirical Evidence of the Capital Asset Pricing Model (Testing the untestable...)10m
2.4 Multi-factor Models and Evidence from the Field (Risk factors – the more the merrier!)9m
Mid Course Check-in2m
A View from Industry with BNY Mellon1m
Reading1 reading
Week 2 Outline10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Week 2 Practice Quiz - This quiz does not contribute to your final grade30m
Week 2 Graded Quiz - This quiz contributes 10% towards your final grade40m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Using financial statement analysis to measure cost of capital

This week we will explain the logical underpinnings of the Weighted Average Cost of Capital Formula and show how it might be estimated in practice by a firm. We will also consider the many challenges that might be faced in using this approach to estimating hurdle rates and conclude with a warning about the perverse outcomes that might occur if the technique is used in a haphazard manner....
Reading
5 videos (Total 41 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
3.1 Foundations of the WACC (Finance is so WACC!)11m
3.2 WACC and Debt (WACC-Owe!)11m
3.3 WACC and Equity (Share the WACC-iness)6m
3.4 Issues with WACC (To WACC or not to WACC..?)9m
Reading1 reading
Week 3 Outline10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Week 3 Practice Quiz - This quiz does not contribute to your final grade30m
Week 3 Graded Quiz - This quiz contributes 10% towards your final grade40m
Week
4
Hours to complete
10 hours to complete

Addressing financial reality with real options analysis

This week we describe how standard NPV analysis might lead to incorrect decisions when we fail to account for the impact of (or upon) firm flexibility. We then describe the three most common types of real options that firms face in practice and then explain how decision trees might be used to arrive at an approximation of the value of the real option that is embedded within a project. We conclude by considering empirical evidence on the take-up of real options analysis and discuss the situations in which real options analysis might most be needed. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 39 min), 4 readings, 4 quizzes
Video5 videos
4.1 The Problem with NPV (It always works… except when it doesn’t…)6m
4.2 Examples of Real Options in Practice (Is that an option in your project?)11m
4.3 Approximation of Real Option Values Using Decision Trees (Options do grow on trees!)9m
4.4 Empirical evidence and final points (Does anyone exercise their option to use real options?)8m
Reading4 readings
Week 4 Outline10m
Academic Integrity10m
Where to From Here? The Next Step.10m
End of Course Survey10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Week 4 practice quiz - This quiz does not contribute to your final grade30m
Week 4 graded quiz - This quiz contributes 10% towards your final grade30m
Course Final Exam - This quiz contributes 40% towards your final grade20m
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Top Reviews

By SMJul 24th 2018

the videos were very interesting though they were a bit longer as compared to the other courses, making this course more challenging

By SVNov 30th 2018

The content in this course is more interesting than that of the previous three. This was my favourite course in the specialization.

Instructors

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Paul Kofman

Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics
Sidney Myer Chair of Commerce
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Sean Pinder

Associate Professor
Faculty of Business and Economics

About The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is an internationally recognised research intensive University with a strong tradition of excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement. Established in 1853, it is Australia's second oldest University....

About the Essentials of Corporate Finance Specialization

You will gain a firm understanding of corporate finance, including accounting principles and financial analysis, how value is created by global markets, the choices firms face when making financial decisions and defining attitudes towards risk. The Specialization concludes with a Capstone project that allows you to apply the skills you've learned throughout the courses....
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