Course code BUS313

BUS313 Performance analyses and growth strategies

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2017 - 2018 .

Course responsible: Glenn Roger Kristiansen
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn semester. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn semester, .
Course frequency: Annually.
First time: Study year 2017-2018
Last time: 2018H
Preferential right:
-Master in Business Administration
Course contents:
The aim is to learn how companies can create competiveness through strategic profitabilty analyzes and decisions, as well as understand potential growth strategies, with a focus on M&As.
Learning outcome:


After the completion of this course, the candidates have fundamental knowledge of topics, issues and methods in the subject, for instance:

  • knowledge about financial profitability analyses, and how these are interpreted in relation to strategic challenges
  • understand the financial statement
  • understand certain measurement errors in the financial statement
  • knowledge of price strategies and methods
  • reflect on what is a satisfactory financial performance, and what this entails further (e.g., the use of capital costs and how to interpret net present value)
  • understand risk and its measurement issues
  • understand how the company generates profit and loss
  • knowledge of the aspects of the financial statement where further analyses are needed
  • understand the management discretion in applying performance measures
  • knowledge and processes about growth through merges and acquisitions
  • understand financial performance analyses and strategy in a venture-capital perspective


After completion of this subject, the candidate will be able to work independently with topics and issues that are essential for this subject, for instance:

  • perform financial performance analyses for various purposes
  • re-calculate the financial statement for various purposes
  • develop pricing strategies
  • develop pro-forma statements
  • identify red flags
  • use a simple VaR model
  • interpret investment criteria
  • analyze growth strategies, for instance M&As
  • identify potential areas for improvement through financial analyses
  • identify what changes in financial performance measures that are worth following

General competence:

After completion of this subject, the candidate will be able to apply and convey ones knowledge and skills for a trainee- or similar position related to the subject, for instance:

  • subvert an issue in corporate finance and valuation, analyze it, and identify the information necessary to illuminate or clarify the issue at hand
  • complete necessary and critical analyses and estimations of issues in corporate finance and valuation that are different or new compared to the material covered in the course
  • be able to convey analyses and arguments to those that do not have an in-depth knowledge of corporate finance and valuation, but whom do at least have a bachelor degree in business economics
  • handle the daily use of expressions and terminology from the subject, both in Norwegian and English
  • potentially contribute to the development of essential aspects of corporate finance and valuation
  • have a fundamental understanding and insight of ethical issues related to the application of the subject in practice
  • convey what changes to financial performance measures that are relevant for various stakeholders
  • present financial results for various stakeholders
Learning activities:
Traditional lectures and possibly hand-ins.
On announcement.
BUS305 and Bachelor in business administration.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
You must pass two compulsory assignments in order to take the exam. Approved assignments are valid until the next time the course is offered.
Final written exam (individual) counts 100%. Permitted aid: calculator, no other.
Nominal workload:
300 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Reduction of credits:
External examiner approves the final exam.
Allowed examination aids: B1 Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått