This introductory course in finance focuses primarily on the investment side of the subject of finance. The purpose of the course is to equip students with necessary knowledge about terms and methods used in order to make sound investment decisions. It should be mentioned that the methods taught are applicable to both financial investments (stocks and bonds) and real investments (production facilities, equipment etc.). Additionally the course will focus on sustainable investment decisions.

Course content

  • Introduction - How the course fit into the subject of finance.
  • Cashflows.
  • Time value of money.
  • Capital budgeting (Net Present Value, Internal Rate of Return, Payback etc.).
  • The pricing of bonds.
  • The pricing of stocks.
  • Introduction to risk.
  • The Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM).
  • Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC).


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