FIN 301 - Investments and Asset Pricing

General Information

The course “Investments and Asset Pricing (FIN301)” will be held by Prof. Dr. Erik Theissen and Prof. Dr. Oliver Spalt. The course addresses the investment decision problem in corporations. The course addresses the following topics: present value calculus, capital budgeting, portfolio theory, Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) and market efficiency.



Prof. Dr. Erik Theissen

Prof. Dr. Erik Theissen

Chair of Finance
University of Mannheim
Business School
L 9, 1-2
68161 Mannheim
Phone: +49 621 181-1518
Fax: +49 621 181-1519
E-mail: theissen(at)
Prof. Dr. Oliver Spalt

Prof. Dr. Oliver Spalt

University of Mannheim
Business School
L 9, 1-2 - Raum 307
68161 Mannheim

Exercise Sessions

    Further Information

  • Time and Venue

    The lecture takes place in lecture theater SO 108 on Tuesdays from 08:30 to 10:00 a.m. and in lecture theater SN 163 on Tuesdays from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. You have to visit only one of the two parallel sessions. The first lecture is on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.

  • Language

    The course is taught in English. All materials and the exam will be in English.

  • Exercise Session

    There are exercise sessions that accompany the lecture. They start in the second week of the semester (from February 17, 2020). Exercise sessions offer additional possibilities to practice the concepts addressed in the lecture. We offer exercises in English and German. For more information, see the course's ILIAS group.

  • Assessment

    Students will receive one final grade for this course. The final exam will be a closed-book exam and will make up 100% of the final grade. The examination time is 90 minutes. The exam may cover all materials discussed in the first and second part of the lecture, as well as during exercise sessions. The time and location of the exam will be published by the Studienbüro during the semester.

  • Registration & Access

    No prior registration is required to attend the lecture and exercise sessions. All information on the registration procedure will be given during the introductory lecture on February 11, 2020 in lecture hall SO 108. Registration for the exercise sessions is not required. 

  • Materials

    The course will be based on the textbook:

    • “Principles of Corporate Finance” by Richard A. Brealey, Stewart C. Myers and Franklin Allen (McGraw Hill).

    We will cover chapters 1 to 13 (13th international edition). The book also contains practice questions and quizzes for self-study and a link to a website with further materials.

    Lecture slides and problem sets will be published online on the course's ILIAS page. The site provides the course materials and the course forum.


    All the communication takes place through ILIAS. All material from the lecture and the exercise sessions will be uploaded to ILIAS. The course does not require any separate registration. For registration to the ILIAS group, follow this link