Financial Decision Making

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Dear All

The aim of this assignment is to test your knowledge and understanding of key accounting and corporate finance concepts, theories and tools that can be used to critically analyse organisations.

Required:

You are required to select a company quoted on the FTSE 250 index which has the same first letter as your surname. Imagine that you are acting as a financial advisor to a potential investor in that company. You are to produce a report of a maximum2,500 words which covers the following issues for the last five years:

Section A

  1. Profits, earnings and dividends (including a comprehensive ratio analysis).
  2. Financial stability and liquidity (including a comprehensive ratio analysis)

+/-1500 Words

Section B

  1. A critical reflection on the company portrayed by journalists and other financial reports
  2. An evaluation of the corporate governance of the company.
  3. Identify the asset value per share and the current market share price and assess whether or not your selected company represents an investment opportunity.

+/-1000 words

You can use www.northcote.co.uk, pro-share and the FT to identify companies within their sectoral classifications.

It is essential that all sources of information are correctly referenced using the Harvard system.

Maximum words: 2,500words

Finding information for your Accounting and Finance assignments Introduction This guide is designed to help you to get started with searching for information for your assignments. It contains tips on how to save time and maximise your potential to get high marks. Use the following web page as your starting point to get access to all the resources that could be useful to you: http://www.northampton.ac.uk/library If you need any help, please get in touch: Joanne Farmer Email: joanne.farmer@northampton.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1604 892769 NELSON You will find all of the databases that the library subscribes to, as well as other useful sources for your subject, on NELSON (Northampton’s Electronic Library Search Online). NELSON is an intuitive tool that enables quick and easy searching of library resources. Searching NELSON is simple - follow these steps: ➢ Go to http://nelson.northampton.ac.uk and click on ‘Sign in’ at the top right of the web page. Note: you can also access NELSON from the main library pages of the University website. ➢ Decide where you wish to search – choose from Everything, Journal Articles, Library Catalogue or NECTAR. ➢ Enter keywords in the search box and ‘search’. ➢ Use the options on the left to refine your results by resource type, by topic, by date etc. Books and electronic books Books are a useful starting point for any assignment. They will help you to learn about concepts and theories that are new to you. From NELSON, select Library Catalogue to find books on your topic. If you wish to see if your tutor has provided a list of recommended reading, go to the ‘Reading Lists’ tab along the top menu. There is a growing collection of ebooks and you can see these by clicking to show only ‘Full Text Online’. Here is an example: Just open up the record and click to ‘view online’ – we recommend that you choose ‘Open source in a new window’. TIP: Using e-books could save you valuable time if are waiting for a book to be returned or if you are working from home. Online databases Plan your search The library subscribes to a number of online databases that provide access to journals, newspapers, reports and other types of information. You can search the databases by keyword, so it is useful to think about the different search terms before you start. Scribble a few ideas down on paper as this will be a useful guide to follow when you search the different databases. For example, if you are searching for information on corporate financial planning, the following search terms could be useful:Finance Business finance Financial planning Business Financial strategy Corporate finance Corporate planning Strategic planning Strategy Individual keywords can be grouped together to create specific searches e.g. Corporate finance and strategy TIP: Be flexible with your keywords and consider different spelling variations, abbreviations, synonyms and so on. Access the databases You can search many of the databases collectively through NELSON, by using the default setting ‘Everything’. Enter keywords in the search box (see example above) and use the options on the left to refine your results. TIP: Don’t rely on Google alone! If you want to get good marks, try using a range of sources. Good business information is rarely free! For advanced searching, go direct to the main databases for your subject. From NELSON, go to the ‘Databases’ tab along the top menu and select an appropriate resource. Good databases for accounting and finance You will probably want to access journal articles more than anything else. The main journal databases are: Database Information ABI Global Enter keywords in the basic or advanced search page. Go to Advanced Search and untick Earlycite and Backfiles as we do not have these 2 collections of older articles. Alternatively, choose My Subscribed Content to search only items that you can access. Go to Advanced Search to search ‘Journals available to me’. Go to Search along the green menu bar. Limit by date – full text begins around 1995 for most publications. Emerald Sage ScienceDirect Wiley Items that are display an open padlock may be accessed. TIP: If you are looking for a particular journal (e.g. you already have a reference to an article), search Find My Reference Other useful databases include: Database Information Global Business Browser Key Note LexisNexis Box of Broadcasts Northcote TIP: Contains company and financial data. It must be accessed directly from the ‘Databases’ link within NELSON. Select one of the customer logins to access this resource Includes market research and company/financial data Includes news articles from UK newspapers. Free-to-air radio and television programmes. A free website providing UK annual report coverage, go to http://www.northcote.co.uk There are different types of information e.g. academic (research) and trade (professional). Always evaluate the usefulness/quality of what you find. Other help Guides and tutorials For further help with using NELSON, see ‘A getting started guide to NELSON’. You will find a comprehensive guide to Harvard Referencing linked from the main library pages, as well as online information skills tutorials. 1-1 subject support If you would like to book an appointment with your Academic Librarian, please use the contact details at the start of this page. Support can be provided online if you are a distance learner. General help Please see a member of library staff for general help and support or email libraryhelp@northampton.ac.uk JF 08/12
A getting started guide to: Introduction This guide is designed to help you to get started with using NELSON (Northampton’s Electronic Library Search ONline). It is an intuitive tool that enables quick and easy searching of library resources available at the University of Northampton. There are four main search options: ➢ Everything: Searches all of the resources including books, journal articles and items held on the University’s institutional repository, NECTAR. ➢ Journal Articles: Searches the library databases for full text journal articles. ➢ Library Catalogue: Checks the main Library Catalogue for books, ebooks, DVDs and other items. ➢ NECTAR: Searches the University’s institutional repository for research publications and theses produced by University staff and researchers. Basic searching Searching NELSON is simple - follow these steps: ➢ Go to http://nelson.northampton.ac.uk and click on ‘Sign in’ at the top right of the web page. Sign in with your University login. Note: you can also access NELSON from the main library pages of the University website. ➢ Decide where you wish to search – Everything, Journal Articles, Library Catalogue or NECTAR. ➢ Enter keywords in the search box and ‘Search’. ➢ Use the options on the left to refine your results by resource type, by topic, by date etc. Finding books and electronic books If you wish to see if your tutor has provided a list of recommended reading, go to the ‘Reading Lists’ tab along the top menu. To look for books or ebooks, select the Library Catalogue option and enter keywords, or specific book details e.g. keywords from the title, family name of author. If you have a lot of results, you may find it helpful to sort ‘by date’ to change the order of the items displayed. Some items may have several editions. These are referred to as versions on NELSON and you can expand the record to view these. Information is available at the bottom of each item listed which will inform you whether it is available and where it is located. Reserving and renewing books If all of the copies of an item are already on loan, you may place a reservation. Select the ‘request’ option, and then the button to ‘Reserve this item’. To renew your books, go to the ‘Library Account’ tab and log in as directed. Accessing ebooks There is a growing collection of ebooks and you can see these by clicking to show only ‘Full Text Online’ from the options on the left. Once you have located an item, just open up the record and click to ‘view online’ – we recommend that you select ‘Open source in a new window’. Finding journal articles From the NELSON home page, select Journal Articles. Enter relevant keywords in the main search box or on the ‘Advanced Search’ page. Use the options on the left to refine your search e.g. by Topic. Once you have located an item you are interested in, click on the option to view online. It is recommended that you choose ‘Open source in a new window’. Saving items to ‘e-shelf’ To save items, click on ‘Send to’ in the item record and choose ‘Add to e-Shelf’. Any items you save here can be returned to at a later date, until you remove them from the e-Shelf. You will notice other options are available, including Email, Print and Refworks. Searching individual subject databases You may find it more effective to search the subject databases directly. Also, a number of databases are not available to search via the general NELSON pages and you have to search these individually. To do this, go to the ‘Databases’ tab in NELSON and select the resource you wish to search. If you have already entered your University Login, you will be transferred to the database automatically. If not, you will either be presented with the University Login prompt or will need to look for Institution Login/Shibboleth and then select ‘University of Northampton IDP’. A number of resources require a different login (e.g. Global Business Browser, BRAD, IRS Employment Review, Gartner). If you are off campus and need any help please email the library (see details below). Remember to provide your University ID number. Other help Help page More detailed help is available from the ‘Help’ tab within NELSON. Academic Librarians If you would like to book an appointment with your Academic Librarian, who can help with literature searching skills, please email librarians@northampton.ac.uk. General help Please see a member of library staff for general help and support or email libraryhelp@northampton.ac.uk JF/HR 08/12

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