IBO319 Business and Investments

Code IBO319
Name Business and Investments
Status Courses of Free Choice
Level and type Undergraduate Studies, Academic
Field of study Economics
Academic staff Maija Šenfelde, Kristīne Gorbunova
Credit points 2.0 (3.0 ECTS)
Parts 1
Annotation Essence of investments, their types and role in economic growth. The synergy effects of investments. The main strategies of investments, the assessment of investment projects to evaluate the effectiveness of different capital investment alternatives and their risk level. Investments in human capital and securities are analysed, as well as possibilities of using public-private partnerships are considered..
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
The aim is to acquaint with the capital investment possibilities and with the evaluation of investment alternatives. The main tasks: -to develop understanding of the influence of investments on the economic development, as well as synergy effects of investments; -to enable students to evaluate different capital investment alternatives; -to develop understanding of investment project implmentation using public-private partnerships.
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Upon completion of the study course, students are able: 1. to describe the influence of investments on the economic development of a country; - the first assessment test
2. to compare different capital investment alternatives, to design cash flow and to assess capital investment project; - tasks
3. to use a sensitivity analysis in order to define which of the factors mainly influence the net present value (NPV); - the second assessment test
4. to design the investments of human capital and their return, to explain a relationship between the investments in human capital and their return, competences and knowledge; - tasks
5. to appraise investments in different securities based on profitability and risk level; - the third assessment test
6. to list the main models of public-private partnerships (PPP) and to describe their main differences and their advantages. - discussion
Course prerequisites Knowledge of microeconomic and macroeconomic analyses is preferred.

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