Dublin Business School Assessment Brief Assessment Details Module Title: Module Code: Module Leader: Stage (if relevant

): Assessment Title: Assessment Number (if relevant): Assessment Type: Restrictions on Time/Length : Individual/Group: Assessment Weighting: Issue Date: Hand In Date: Planned Feedback Date: Mode of Submission: Assessment Task Class should divide into groups of three students (maximum). Each group selects a company which has raised finance within the last ten years, either through the issue of equity, debt or a refinancing mechanism. No two groups within the class can choose the same company. Groups must register their chosen company with the lecturer. In the event of two groups choosing the same company, allocation will be on the basis of the group which has registered first. The aim of the project is to detail and assess the purpose, process, impact, financial consequences and key issues before, during and subsequent to the fund raising process. Specifically the following areas should be addressed: Theory of Finance AC690 Margaret O’Keeffe Level 9 Fund raising case study n/a Analytical case study 5,000 words Group 50% of total marks 9 October 2012 20 November 2012 7 December 2012 Moodle

1. Overview of the company background, main business, significant events and key

2. A critical review and assessment of the company’s specific funding requirements
and objective for the fund raising round.

3. A critical review the funding process and subsequent outcome – were original
objectives achieved.

4. A critical of the key issues (internal and external) which arose during the fundraising process and/or influenced the outcome.

5. A comprehensive financial analysis of the financial statements of the company,

comparing the company’s performance and financial position pre and post funding. The analysis to include: • Calculation of the key activity, liquidity, profitability, financial gearing and investment ratios pre and post funding. Please include a clear table showing full workings and assumptions if relevant. • A comprehensive interpretation and analysis of the above ratios. • Overall conclusion on the strength and financial health of the company and the impact of the fund raising process on the financial strength and health of the company.

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6. Analysis of the capital structure of the company pre and post funding and a
critical discussion of the impact of the fund raising process on its capital structure within the context of academic theories of capital structure. Assessment criteria The assignment will be assessed on the basis of the level and depth of the content, knowledge, understanding, critical analysis and insight, evidence of reading and overall presentation and structure. At this level students need to demonstrate a high level of critical awareness and in-depth analysis and show significant insight into the topic. As a guide, the following approximate criteria will be used. Lecturer reserves the right to alter the assessment criteria if appropriate. Depth of content, knowledge and understanding of the key 35% principles and concepts Depth of critical analysis and insight 40% Evidence of reading 10% Overall presentation, coherence and structure 15% Based on the assignment criteria the following is an indicative marking guide. Again lecturer reserves the right to alter the marking structure, if appropriate. 1. Background and company overview 5% 10%

2. Critical review of the objective of the fund-raisin round
the subsequent outcome 4. Critical analysis of the key issues arising and impacting during the process 5. Financial Analysis of company pre and post funding 6. Review of capital structure and impact thereon of the fund raising process 7. Academic presentation and coherence

3. Review of the fund raising process and a critical review of 20%
10% 30% 10% 15%

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General Requirements for Students:


A proportion of assessment marks is allocated to presentation. All assignments must be word-processed, with word count noted unless otherwise stated by the lecturer. Where a hardcopy submission is required, an Assignment Submission Form must be securely attached to each submission. All assignments must be submitted no later than the stated deadline.

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o Assignments submitted after the latest deadline (date and time) specified,
including any extension, are deemed to be ‘late’ and are penalised, as follows:  Where the assignment is submitted not more than seven working days after the latest specified date, the mark awarded to the assignment is reduced by 25%.  Where the assignment is submitted more than seven working days after the latest specified date, it is awarded a mark of zero  Where the assessment is undertaken in a group, the piece of work should be submitted in its complete entirety, and any penalty for late submission incurred applies to all group members. 4. All relevant provisions of the Assessment Regulations must be complied with. Extensions to assignment submission deadlines will be not be granted, other than in exceptional circumstances. To apply for an extension please go to http://www.dbs-students.com/Registrar/ and download the Assignment Extension Request Form. Once completed this form should then be returned to your Programme Leader, for approval. Students are required to retain a copy of each assignment submitted, and the submission receipt (If a physical submission is required) until the issuing of a transcript indicating the mark awarded. Assignments must be appropriately packaged and presented. Where a submission involves digital media, it is the submitting students’ responsibility to ensure the media is appropriately labelled, fully working and they must retain a copy. Assignments that breach the word count requirements will be penalised. There is a 10% discretion, either way, applicable in terms of word count. Students are required to refer to the assessment regulations in their Student Guides and on the Student Website.



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Dublin Business School penalises students who engage in academic impropriety (i.e. plagiarism, collusion and/or copying). To prevent plagiarism please follow this link to the Harvard/OSCALA (delete as appropriate) Style Referencing Guide - all referencing is required in this format. http://issuu.com/dbslibrary/docs/harvard-referencing-guide/1? mode=a_p (Guide on referencing is also available under DBS library guides at www.library.dbs.ie) In relation to electronic submissions:

A. All assignments should be submitted to your subject/course page on
Moodle by the deadline date. B. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure their file is uploaded correctly. C. When an assignment is submitted, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the file is in the correct format and opens correctly. D. When you submit your assignment you will be asked to click on a button which will declare the following:

By submitting this assignment I confirm that I am aware of DBS’s policy regarding cheating, plagiarism and all other forms of academic impropriety. The coursework submitted is my own or my group’s work, and all other sources consulted have been appropriately acknowledged. I am aware that in the case of doubt an investigation will be held.

E. Include an electronic cover sheet with the following details to the front of
the assignment:

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Electronic Assignment Cover sheet Please fill out and attach as the first page of Assignment. Student (s) Number as per your student card:

Course Title: Lecturer Name: Module/Subject Title: Assignment Title: No of Words:

Note: Technical support is available to student between 0930- 1700 hrs only. There is no technical support after 1700 hrs. It is your responsibility to ensure that you allow time to troubleshoot any technical difficulties by uploading early on the due date.

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