Core Module Information
Module title: Mergers and Acquisitions

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: FIN11136
Module leader: Antonios Siganos
School The Business School
Subject area group: Accounting and Finance

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

This module critically reviews the extensive field of mergers and acquisitions. An interesting empirical finding is that mergers damage on average the wealth of the bidding firms shareholders. In this module, we explore potential reasoning behind this result and further our understanding of determinants of merger success. This module includes topics such as empirical methodologies used in the merger literature, valuation of target firms, method of payment, bid strategies and tactics, available defences for target firms, and organisation of the post-merger firm.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically review the theory, the principles and the practices of Mergers and Acquisitions
LO2: Contrast at an advanced level the various empirical methodologies on Mergers and Acquisitions
LO3: Critically understand the reasoning behind the success and failure of mergers

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Antonios Siganos
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
A suite of lectures will be made available to you which will support the delivery of the core academic content for the module (LO1-3). This will be supplemented by a series of interactive seminars designed to develop your critical understanding of key themes in mergers and acquisitions. Discussion and analysis of academic papers will be underpinned by the use of case studies, tutorial questions and multiple choice exercises to support your learning and development.

Formative Assessment:
You will receive feedback on your progress through the seminars. There will be
opportunities to present your work and get feedback during the

Summative Assessment:
50% individual assignment - a case study
50% exams

Component 1 will take the form of a case study based essay addressing factors influencing the relative success and failure of merger [LO3].
Component 2 will take the form of an end of Semester examination and may draw on all areas of the syllabus [LO 1-3].

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Seminar 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 160
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 50 LO3 11 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 LOs 1-3 14/15 HOURS= 02.00
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

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