Course code BUS220

BUS220 Finance and Investment

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Course responsible: Atle Guttorm Guttormsen
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2003H
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Basic financial mathematics. Net present value. Risk and return. Basic portfolio theory. Capital asset pricing method (CAPM). Pricing of stocks, bonds and options. Project analysis. Cost of capital. Financial structure and dividend policy. Ethical problems in finance.
Learning outcome:


  • Understand the place of investment analysis business economics.
  • Understand why we focus on cash flows and not results.
  • Understand what cash flow means.
  • Understand what is meant by the different discounting principles- Time value of money/financial mathematics.
  • Understand what is meant by discount rate / capital cost.
  • Understand the importance of, and the differences between, the different decision-making criteria for an investment. including; Net present value, Internal rate of return, Payback, etc.
  • Understand what is meant by term structure of interest rates and forward rates.
  • Understand what lies in the terms total risk, relevant risk and irrelevant risk.
  • Understand the content of portfolio theory and its significance for what we call gains of diversification.
  • Understand what is meant by Beta as well as being able to interpret the size of it.
  • Understand the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) and how it is derived.
  • Understand what is meant by the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) and when it will be used.
  • Understand the concept of market efficiency.
  • Be able to make investment calculations and decisions for projects
  • Understand financing choices
  • Understand options, futures / forwards, put-call parity, international interest rate parities


  • On completion of the course students should be able to:
  • Budget cash flows, according to the equity method and the total capital method.
  • Apply the different discounting rules using both calculator and spreadsheet.
  • Apply the different decision-making criteria to both equities and bonds.
  • Apply portfolio theory to various investment alternatives.
  • Calculate Beta values.
  • Derive the Capital Asset Pricing Model
  • Apply the Capital Asset Pricing Model. *
  • Calculate the weighted average cost of capital.
  • Calculate the present value of investment projects and discuss risk in investment decisions
  • Estimate option premiums

General competence

  • As it will consistently be focused on the prerequisites of the different theories, students are expected to have a critical attitude towards the relevance of these. After completion of the course, students will have a good understanding of the practical relevance of the presented theory.
Learning activities:
Digital lectures, exercises, group work and guest lectures.
Teaching support:

David Hillier, Iain Clacher, Stehpen Ross, Randolp Westerfield, Bradford Jordan, Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, third edition. McGrawHill. 

Other literature will be distributed at the start of the course.

Basic financial accounting. Basic cost accounting. Introductory mathematics and statistics.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:

Mandatory participation on exercises.

The students will write a term paper during the course. This will be organized in such a way that the students during the course deliver parts of the assignment. Finally, the different parts are put together and delivered as a complete product. The term paper must be passed before the student can participate in the final exam.

Three hours written home exam, which counts 100 %. 
Nominal workload:
300 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
7,5 ECTS-credits overlap with RØP330 and 2,5 ECTS- credits overlap with INN200.
Type of course:

Lectures: 2x2 hours per week in 11-12 weeks.

Exercises/Group work:11x2 hours.

External examiner will control the quality of syllabus, questions for the final examination, and principles for the assessment of the examination answers.
Allowed examination aids: C3 Alle typer kalkulatorer, alle andre hjelpemidler - inkludert digitale
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / F