MSc Development Finance / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Financing Projects

Course unit fact file
Unit code MGDI61961
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

The unit aims to develop an understanding of and skill in the analysis and implementation of the different methods and strategies used to finance projects and services, in particular financial sources, financial engineering techniques, financial instruments and their associated risks. It does this within historical and contemporary contexts of project management.

 Circumstances permitting, teaching and assessment will be organized as below with three components:

 1. Coursework assignment to Convenor’s specification

1000 words – individual -25%

2. Workshop group assignment: Cumulative cash flow - 25%

3. Two hour unseen examination - 50%

Aims

The unit aims to develop an understanding of and skill in the analysis and implementation of the different methods and strategies used to finance projects and services, in particular financial sources, financial engineering techniques, financial instruments and their associated risks. It does this within historical and contemporary contexts of project management.

Syllabus

Topics:

  1. Introduction to financing projects and services  
  2. Contractual arrangement of a typical project finance
  3. Financing projects: A developing country context  
  4. The role of microfinance and other development institutions in financing projects
  5. Project financial plan and modelling
  6. Project appraisal techniques
  7. Project financial markets and instruments
  8. Private finance initiative and bundling of projects
  9. Risk management in projects and services
  10. Financing of green projects

 

Teaching and learning methods

Introduction by convenor in first week of semester. Welcome document and method of study sent to all students.

Delivery of the course unit includes the following:

a. 10 sessions of lecturing by the teaching staff, and the guest lecturers.

b. Case Studies

c. Workshops

Knowledge and understanding

- describe how projects and services are financed and how finance is managed in different types of projects

· understand the different types of financial risks associated with investments in projects and services

· describe how projects are procured under the PFI in terms of stand alone projects, joint ventures (PPPs) and services sold and the concept of bundling of projects

· understand the importance of finance in a project and how the financial package determines the commercial viability of a project

Intellectual skills

- determine sources and financial instruments used in project finance such as long term and short term debt, mezzanine finance such as bonds and swaps, equity and aid

· evaluate different contract strategies utilised to procure projects under public / public-private / private financing routes

· analyse projects procured by project finance in terms of their viability and sustainability and the use of Microfinance

· develop a financial plan for a project linked to the construction, operation, financial package and revenue generation elements of the project

Practical skills

· apply financial engineering techniques to make a project viable based on the project’s cash flows

 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

- Problem solving

- Ability to conceptualise and manage financial planning in a range of project contexts

- Skills in the presentation of the outputs of a financial/risk assessment

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 25%
Written exam 50%
Written assignment (inc essay) 25%

Feedback methods

Individualised feedback will be to students after submission of each assignment.

 

Recommended reading

Core text:

Merna, T. & Al-Thani, F. F., (2018) Financing Infrastructure Projects, (Second Edition) ISBN 978-0-7277-6336-5, ICE Publishing, London

Yescombe, E.R. (2014). Principles of  Project Finance, (second edition), Elsevier Inc Academic Press, USA.

Additional texts:

Merna, T., Chu, Y., and Al-Thani, F. F., (2010) Project Financing in Construction – A structured guide to assessment, Wiley-Blackwell.

Levitt, R.E. (2019). Public–Private Partnerships for Infrastructure Development: Finance, Stakeholder Alignment, Governance. Edward Elgar Pub.

Clifford, P.D. (2020). Project Finance: Applications and Insights to Emerging Markets Infrastructure. Wiley.

Gatti, S. (2018). Project Finance in Theory and Practice, (3rd Edition), Elsevier Inc Academic Press, USA.

Thompson, S. (2021). Green and Sustainable Finance: Principles and Practice, (first edition), Kogan page.

Merna, A. and Owen, G., (1998) Understanding the Private Finance Initiative, 1st Edition, ISBN 962 360 031 3,

Merna, A. and Njiru, C., (1998), Financing and Managing Projects, 1st Edition, ISBN 962 936 051 9,

Merna, T. and Dubey, R.,  (1998) Financial Engineering in the Procurement of Projects, 1st Edition, ISBN 962 936 052

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Tutorials 5
Independent study hours
Independent study 125

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Dereje Regasa Unit coordinator
Nafisatu Irene Okhade Unit coordinator

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