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

General information

An introduction to valuation techniques widely used in the accounting and finance sector to value firms, drawing heavily upon financial statement analysis. This analytical approach considers relevant accounting policies that may impact the quality of the reported figures and the assessment of underlying risk. You will develop practical skills through the use of financial modelling to develop and evaluate valuation models for a specific firm (e.g., a takeover target). Although this is an accounting subject, the topics are relevant to those contemplating careers in investment banking, equity research, funds management, corporate finance and business consulting. This subject draws heavily on knowledge and skills acquired in pre-requisite subjects.


Academic unit:Bond Business School
Subject code:ACCT71-511
Subject title:Security Appraisal and Valuation
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:September 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
Attendance and learning activities: Attendance at all class sessions is expected. Students are expected to notify the instructor of any absences with as much advance notice as possible.


Prescribed resources:
  • Tim Hasso (2018). Valuation: An Integrated Approach. [Website]
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Research and extract financial and business information from published financial reports, international databases and other relevant sources.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply various financial analysis and valuation techniques and critically analyse their benefits and limitations.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to complete a written valuation report for a takeover target.
  4. Exercise judgement under supervision to provide possible solutions to routine accounting problems in straightforward valuation contexts using, where appropriate, ethical, entrepreneurial and/or global perspectives.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Project § Groups of 3 to 5 students develop a fairness opinion for a chosen takeover target. A peer evaluation system will be used to assess the performance of each group member during the project. 40% Weekly 1, 2, 3, 4.
Homework Homework - Progressive development of a valuation model through weekly assignments. 10% Weekly 1, 2.
Computer-Aided Examination (Closed) ^ Comprehensive exam consisting of short essay questions and spreadsheet tasks. See Additional Pass Requirement. 30% Final Examination Period 2, 4.
Computer-Aided Examination (Closed) ^ Examination consisting of short essay questions and spreadsheet tasks. See Additional Pass Requirement. 20% Week 6 (Mid-Semester Examination Period) 2, 4.

Pass requirement

Students must earn a minimum average of 50% across the Mid-Semester examination and the Final Examination to pass the subject.

  • ^ 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

A peer-evaluation system will be used in this subject to help determine the individual marks for all group assessments. As part of the requirements for Business School quality accreditation, the Bond Business School employs 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.

Subject curriculum

Overview of the valuation process and key concepts. This includes the purposes of valuation and the various standards and premises of value.

Evaluating the quality of financial reports by considering problems that may impact their quality, such as earnings management. Adjusting the reported figures based on our accounting analysis.

Using ratio analysis to understand the business by drawing upon the financial reports.

Understanding risks associated with a business. This includes identifying disclosed risks through the notes in financial reports and how to use quantitative models in assessing undisclosed risks.

Forecasting financial statements and key inputs in valuation models.

The estimation of cost of equity and cost of debt in practice. This includes issues such as normalized risk free rates, market premiums, and the subjectivity of beta estimates.

Valuing firms using intrinsic valuation approaches. This includes cash flow based methods such as levered and unlevered discounted cash flow models, as well as earnings based methods such as the residual income model.

Valuation of firms using relative valuation approaches, including P/E, P/B, P/S and enterprise value multiples.

Approved on: Jul 18, 2018. Edition: 3.1
Last updated: Sep 18, 2018.