Mergers and Acquisitions

Subject BUSA90270 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

January, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 11-Jan-2016
Teaching Period 18-Jan-2016 to 27-Mar-2016
Assessment Period End 01-Apr-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 29-Nov-2015
Census Date 29-Jan-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 04-Mar-2016

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 27-Jun-2016
Teaching Period 04-Jul-2016 to 07-Aug-2016
Assessment Period End 12-Aug-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 01-May-2016
Census Date 08-Jul-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 29-Jul-2016

This subject is only available to students admitted to MC-BA, MC-BAPT, or students with permission of the MBA course coordinator

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Merger & acquisition activity is a mainstay of the growth characteristics of large firms. It has been a feature of business life for well over a century. Whilst there have been many merger ’waves’ over the years, this pathway to growth has constantly maintained its importance. This subject begins with an examination of the history of, and reasons for, merger and acquisition activity thereby providing a rationale for the study of the whole of the merger & acquisition process. This process extends from the decision to acquire through to the means of achieving successful post-merger integration.

The subject will concentrate on the four fundamental elements of M&A:

  • Undertaking deals for the right reasons – strategy
  • Ensuring the right price is paid – valuation
  • Finding the right information on which to make the decision – due diligence
  • Making the deal work after completion – post-merger integration

Studying these and other elements of M&A will utilise all the skills you have developed in the core subjects of your MBA.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should:

  • Know the reasons behind the continuing levels of M&A activity.
  • Appreciate the impact of regulatory considerations on M&A deals.
  • Understand the interactive elements that make up successful mergers and acquisitions.
  • Have a working knowledge of how to go about managing a merger or acquisition.
  • Be able to actively participate, as a member of management, in elements of an acquisition.
  • Individual assignment (20%)
    • 1,000 words
    • Week 2
  • 2 Syndicate assignments (30%)
    • equivalent to individual 2,000 word assessment
    • Week 3 & 4
  • Final examination (50%)
    • Hurdle requirement
    • 2 hours
    • End of subject
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is only available to students admitted to MC-BA, MC-BAPT, or students with permission of the MBA course coordinator

Related Course(s): Master of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration/Master of Marketing

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