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Module Code: MANG2015 Assessment: INDIVIDUAL COURSEWORK Weighting: 100%
Submission Due Date: @ 16:00 18 January 2021 Word Count:


Method of Submission: Electronic via Blackboard Turnitin ONLY

(Please ensure that your name does not appear on any part of your work)


Any submitted after 16:00 on the deadline date will be subject to the standard University late penalties (see below), unless an extension has been granted, in writing by the Senior Tutor, in advance of the deadline.

University Working Days Late: Mark:
1 (final agreed mark) * 0.9
2 (final agreed mark) * 0.8
3 (final agreed mark) * 0.7
4 (final agreed mark) * 0.6
5 (final agreed mark) * 0.5
More than 5 0



This assessment relates to the following module learning outcomes: ALL

A1. the role and function(s) of financial managers of firms, the important features of the main types of business, the main differences between debt and equity, and the role of financial assets and markets;

A2. the rules used to make optimal investment decisions;

A3. the theoretical aspects of financial management, capital structure and dividend policy;

A4. short and long‐term financing, investment, corporate restructuring and valuation decisions;

A5. the organisational structures available within the economy and their relationship to the market for corporate control.


B1. enhance your critical ability and apply various theoretical concepts to problem solving; B2. strengthen your quantitative skills;

B3. critically evaluate the existing literature and other available sources; B4. examine the financial strategy and structure of firms.


C1. enhance critical analysis and adopt appropriate methods with respect to specific issues of corporate financial management and problem solving;

C2. examine the financial strategy and structure of firms


Coursework Brief: 



1)     One of the factors that may affect the amount of debt and equity in the capital structure of the firm, is the need for financial flexibility.

What financial flexibility is, and which firms do you think need to be more financially flexible? High-tech firms or firms in the retail sector? Explain.

You are expected to use sources from the web (especially academic articles) to justify your answer. Limit your answer to no more than 500 words.  [20 marks]

2)     What factors can contribute to the bankruptcy of a firm?

You are expected to use sources from the web (especially academic articles) to justify your answer. Limit your answer to no more than 500 words.  [20 marks]



3)     Many investors, beyond stocks, they hold gold in their portfolios. Why do you think investors allocate a proportion of their money in gold and under what circumstances?

You are expected to use sources from the web (especially academic articles) to justify your answer. Limit your answer to no more than 500 words.  [20 marks]

4)     “Our company has evaluated an investment opportunity using the discounted payback period method and we found that we will never recover our initial investment. Thus, we decided to reject the investment opportunity.”

The above statement is from the CEO of a large company. Briefly discuss the decision of the CEO to reject the investment opportunity. Do you think it is correct or not?  [15 marks]



5)     You are given the following key financial information for IBM and DELTA AIRLINES for the year 2008 (in $ million):

Current Assets 49004 8904
Working Capital 6569 -2118
Cash 12741 4255
Total Assets 109524 45014
Current Liabilities 42435 11022
Short-term Debt 11236 1160
Total Liabilities 96059 44140
Retained Earnings 48507 -12688
Total Equity 13465 874
Sales 103630 22697
EBIT 16750 113
Net Income 12334 -8922
Operating Cash Flows 18812 -1707
Shares Outstanding 1339 695
Share Price 84.16 11.46

Note: The above information represents a sample obtained from the financial statements.


Answer the following questions:

1)     Which firm has the highest risk of bankruptcy, according to the Z-Score model?

2)     If you were a bank manager, to which firm would you give a loan? Explain.

3)     Provide recommendations about how DELTA AIRLINES can lower its riskiness.

4)     Can you think of an external factor that may make the riskiness of both firms to be higher than normal?

5)     Would you use the Z-Score model to assess the riskiness of a bank? [25 marks]


Nature of Assessment: This is a SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT. See ‘Weighting’ section above for the percentage that this assignment counts towards your final module mark.

Word Limit: Any text that exceeds the wordcount will not attract any marks. The relevant word count includes items such as cover page, executive summary, title page, table of contents, tables, figures, in-text citations and section headings, if used. The relevant word count excludes your list of references and any appendices at the end of your coursework submission.

You should always include the word count (from Microsoft Word, not Turnitin), at the end of your coursework submission, before your list of references.

Title/Cover Page: You must include a title/ cover page that includes: your Student ID, Module Code, Assignment Title (MANG2015 COURSEWORK), Word Count. This assignment will be marked anonymously, please ensure that your name does not appear on any part of your assignment.

References: You should use the Harvard style to reference your assignment. The library provide guidance on how to reference in the Harvard style and this is available from:

Submission Deadline: Please note that the submission deadline for Southampton Business School is 16.00 for ALL assessments.

Turnitin Submission: The assignment MUST be submitted electronically via Turnitin, which is accessed via the individual module on Blackboard. Further guidance on submitting assignments is available on the Blackboard support pages.

It is important that you allow enough time prior to the submission deadline to ensure your submission is processed on time as all late submissions are subject to a late penalty.  We would recommend you allow 30 minutes to upload your work and check the submission has been processed and is correct. Please make sure you submit to the correct assignment link.

You will know that your submission has completed successfully when you see a message stating ‘Congratulations – your submission is complete…’. It is vital that you make a note of your Submission ID (Digital Receipt Number). This is a unique receipt number for your submission, and is proof of successful submission. You may be required to provide this number at a later date.  We recommend that you take a screenshot of this page, or note the number down on a piece of paper.  You should also receive an email receipt containing this number, and the number can be found after submitting by following this guide.  This method of checking your submission is particularly useful in the event that you don’t receive an email receipt.


You are allowed to test submit your assignment via Turnitin before the due date. You can use Turnitin to check your assignment for plagiarism before you submit your final version. See “Viewing Your Originality Report for guidance.  Please see the Module Leader/lecturer on your module if you would like advice on the Turnitin Originality report.


The last submission prior to the deadline will be treated as the final submission and will be the copy that is assessed by the marker.  


It is your responsibility to ensure that the version received by the deadline is the final version, resubmissions after the deadline will not be accepted in any circumstances.

Important: If you have any problems during the submission process you should contact ServiceLine immediately by email at or by phone on +44 (0)23 8059 5656.

Late Penalties: Further information on penalties for work submitted after the deadline can be found here.

Special Considerations: If you believe that illness or other circumstances have adversely affected your academic performance, information regarding the regulations governing Special Considerations can be accessed via the Calendar:


Extension Requests: : Extension requests along with supporting evidence should be submitted to the Student Office as soon as possible before the submission date. Information regarding the regulations governing extension requests can be accessed via the Calendar:


Academic Integrity Policy: Please note that you can access Academic Integrity Guidance for Students via the Quality Handbook:  Please note any suspected cases of Academic Integrity will be notified to the Academic Integrity Officer for investigation.


Feedback: Southampton Business School is committed to providing feedback within 4 weeks (University working days).  Once the marks are released and you have received your feedback, you can meet with your Module Leader / Module Lecturer / Personal Academic Tutor to discuss the feedback within 4 weeks from the release of marks date. Any additional arrangements for feedback are listed in the Module Profile.


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