Course Title: Advanced Corporate Finance

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Corporate Finance

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance: 

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance. 

Course Coordinator: Dr Nirav Parikh

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1680

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B080 F11 R034

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study:

BAFI3217 Corporate Finance

Course Description

Corporate finance theory deals with the roles of corporate in the capital market and the interactions between investors, managers, regulators and other stakeholders. This course builds on basic corporate finance theory. It focuses on advanced theoretical and applied treatment of contemporary issues in corporate finance including mergers and acquisitions, competing capital structure theories including financial distress and agency costs, dividend policy and taxation, real options, corporate governance, equity offerings and debt issuances.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

CLO1: Develop knowledge of contemporary issues in corporate finance including firms’ investment and financing policies, corporate governance and restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions .

CLO2: Critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of corporate finance concepts/theories.

CLO3: Analyse the implications of corporate finance theory for practical financial management and policy making.

CLO4: Investigate the impact of a range of funding sources in corporate financial decision making.

CLO5: Integrate ethical decision making and apply intercultural perspectives in the corporate finance field and related areas of business knowledge

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner.  Your learning will be supported through various learning activities. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies/Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study spaces. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases.

Computers and printers are available at every Library. You can access the Internet and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Contact: Ask the Library for assistance and information on Library resources and services: Study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, information literacy, referencing, maths and study skills.  Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows.


Assessment Task 1: 20%

Linked CLOs: 1, 3, 4

Assessment Task 2: 40%

Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 3: 40%

Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5