June 2018: A review of my Semester 2 units (and glorious weather!)

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I have to talk about the weather first. The recent weather is glorious! We are all surprised. “Oh my god, I just can’t believe how sunny it is! Can you believe how warm it is?”

It may be hard to believe but the sun is shining in Manchester. After enduring months of cold, dark, rainy days, I really love the fantastic sunshine! In public parks, there are so many people. Nearly every available space of greenery is taken up. We all enjoy the sunshine!

All of my classes in semester two finished on 1 May and my exams were from 14 May to 1 June. All the four units I took are assessed via two-hour unseen examinations. It may be a good chance for me to review the four units I took here. I had two compulsory units, including Corporate Finance and Qualitative Research Methods, and two optional units, including Corporate Governance and Mergers and Acquisitions.

In terms of the compulsory units, Corporate Finance focuses on the core issues of corporate finance. From both a theoretical and empirical standpoint, we studied corporate financial policy, corporate governance, and corporate cash holding decisions, dividend decisions and investment decisions. There were case studies to help us better understand the topic. In Qualitative Research Methods, we learnt about different types of accounting research and the range of research methodologies. This unit has greatly improved our practical research skills, which is helpful for us to conduct our dissertation projects.

In terms of the optional units, Corporate Governance advanced our knowledge of the fast-changing fields of governance and accountability by combining theoretical and practical aspects. We were provided with a significant number of core readings as well as supplementary readings, primarily relevant academic journal articles, case studies and news articles. The professor always encouraged us to think about corporate governance issues critically and develop our unique perspectives. In Mergers and Acquisitions, we analysed a wide range of the phenomenon of takeovers examining the purpose they serve, what drives them and what lessons can be learnt from both a private corporate perspective and a public policy angle. Lecture slides are usually brief and we were required to take extensive notes and read many academic references to understand what we have learnt better.

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