cod. 1007691

Academic year 2019/20
2° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Economia degli intermediari finanziari (SECS-P/11)
Type of training activity
42 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The course aims to deepen the understanding of criteria and methodologies for the analysis of financial equilibrium. Students will acquire skills and abilities to identify problems and make appropriate choices in the field of firm financial management. At the end of the course, students will have acquired:

a. the knowledge required to understand and describe in detail the concept of financial equilibrium, as a condition for firm competitiveness on capital markets, and also knowledge of methodologies for the analysis and monitoring of financial management.
b. the knowledge of financial theory guidelines for the optimization of financial choices in the use of capital and the ability to apply methodologies for the analysis of performance in terms of value creation;
c. the ability to plan and monitor firm growth paths and critically assess financial sustainability using independent judgment;
d. communication skills with company and bank management in the analysis of financial statements and business plans for the evaluation of creditworthiness;
e. the knowledge of working methods for financial analysis and the ability to critically evaluate, with independent judgment, the degree of potential stability of firms in relation to adverse dynamics of the economic cycle, market conditions and the resulting degree of creditworthiness.


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Course unit content

- Financial analysis. Historical financial analysis: balance sheet, balance sheet reclassification, balance sheet ratios, cash flows analysis.
- Financial forecasting: financial plans and their construction.
- Agricultural commodity risk and hedging techniques. Agricultural commodity markets.

Full programme

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Analisi Finanziaria, Mc GrawHill Education (2018), Regalli, Soana, Tagliavini (edited by). Chapters 3, 6, 10 e 11.

Online course materials.

Teaching methods

• Knowledge and understanding: lectures
• Applying knowledge and understanding: exercises
• Making judgments: during this module, students will be encouraged to identify strengths and weaknesses of company financial structure
• Learning skills: for each topic the main problem to be solved will be introduced, and then the solutions adopted will be critically analyzed
• Communication skills: the teacher will illustrate the meaning of the most common terms used by the financial community.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written test. During the written test it is not allowed to consult any educational material or electronic device, except for the calculator.

- The acquisition of the ability to communicate with appropriate technical vocabulary will be assessed through 3 closed-ended questions about the meaning of terms used in the field of corporate finance. Each question will be assessed 1 point.

- The acquisition of basic knowledge of institutions, methodologies, theories and concepts will be assessed with 3 open-ended questions. Each question will be assessed 3 point.

- The acquisition of the ability to apply methods of analysis methods will be assessed through two exercises. Each exercise will be assessed 7 points.

- The acquisition of learning skills and autonomy of judgment will be evaluated with 2 open-ended questions. Each question will be assessed 3 point.

The "laude" will be attributed to the achievement of an evaluation of at least 31/32 points.

The results of the written exam are published on the ESSE3 portal and students can see the results of the tests, after appointment with the teacher.

Other information

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