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ACCT71-511: Security Appraisal and Valuation January 2018 [Standard]

General information

This subject introduces valuation techniques that are widely used in the accounting and finance sector to value firms. We use a fundamental analysis approach to understand and analyse the current state of a firm, drawing heavily upon financial statement analysis to assess its performance, identify major accounting policies that may impact the quality of the reported figures, and assess the underlying risk. The insights from this process are used to forecast the future performance of the firm and estimate its cost of capital. Finally, we use both intrinsic and relative valuation techniques in assessing the value of the firm. Throughout this subject, students will use Excel to build a financial model to value a takeover target.

This accounting capstone subject draws heavily on knowledge you have acquired during your degree, and integrates it through real-world application in the valuation context. While this is an accounting subject, it is also of interest to those contemplating careers in investment banking, equity research, funds management, corporate finance, and business consulting.

Changes due to Commonwealth Games: The University has marginally altered the timetable for the January semester of 2018 (181) to ensure that students have the opportunity to engage with the Commonwealth Games to be held in April 2018. The modified timetable has been designed to not impact on overall subject or program learning outcomes. Some subjects may be delivered in a slightly modified mode to accommodate the change. Specific arrangements will be included on the iLearn site for each subject. All changes to the class schedule have the full approval of University and Academic Unit administration and will not adversely affect student learning or assessment.


Academic unit:Bond Business School
Subject code:ACCT71-511
Subject title:Security Appraisal and Valuation
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:January 2018
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Computer Lab: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Lab Tutorial 1
  • Computer Lab: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Lab Tutorial 2
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 72) - Recommended study time & reviewing materials


Prescribed resources:
  • Tim Hasso (2018). Valuation: An Integrated Approach. [Website]
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Assurance of learning

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Research and synthesise financial and business information from published financial reports and international databases.
  2. Use excel in demonstrating the application and integration of advanced financial analysis and valuation techniques, and critically analyse their benefits and limitations.
  3. Work in a group to complete a written valuation report for a takeover target and undertake an oral presentation of their findings.
  4. Exercise expert judgement to provide possible solutions to accounting problems in valuation contexts using where appropriate ethical, entrepreneurial and/or global perspectives.
  5. Seek and reflect on performance feedback and identify learning opportunities for self-improvement.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Analysis Homework 10% Weekly 1, 2.
Computer-Aided Examination (Closed) ^ Mid-Semester Exam 20% Mid-Semester Examination Period 2, 4.
Oral Pitch Presentation of Valuation Report 5% Week 10 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Reflective Essay Group Work Reflection 5% Week 11 3, 5.
Campaign § Valuation Report 30% Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4.
Computer-Aided Examination (Closed) ^ Final Exam 30% Final Examination Period 2, 4.
  • ^ Students must pass this assessment to pass the subject
  • § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

Must Pass Exams: Regardless of your marks in any other component of the course, you must average a minimum of 50% over the two in-class exams in order to pass the subject.

Subject curriculum

Overview of the valuation process and key concepts

Using ratio analysis to understand the business

Analysing accounting practices and assessing financial reporting quality

Forecasting financial statements and key inputs in valuation models

Estimating the cost of equity and cost of debt in practice

Valuation of firms using discounted cash flow models

Valuation of firms using residual income valuation

Valuation of firms using a relative valuation approach

Approved on: Jan 19, 2018. Edition: 2.3