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Assignment: PRESENTATION and handout
For your oral exam, you will be working as a corporate analyst for your teacher. Your main responsibility will be to develop a feasibility study outlining the parameters for possible future investment in your chosen company. This process is called Due Diligence: essentially, you will play the role of an objective third party. This means that your only loyalty is to an objective account of the current state of affairs. You are to choose a company and have it approved by your teacher. You will then be responsible for analyzing the company and making recommendations either for or against future investment. You will have to defend your analysis. Remember: you are working for your teacher, not for the company: Due Diligence requires objectivity!
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Second, you will write a handout of your presentation. This handout is a coherent document, summarizing the basic content of your presentation, which you hand in on the day of your presentation. On this handout, no mistakes (spelling, grammar, layout, etc.) will be tolerated!
In week 28, you will check in with your teacher to discuss the progress of your presentation. By then you need a draft of the handout and presentation.
The last two weeks of the semester is when you will give the actual presentation (week 35 + 36). Each student should speak for at least 5 minutes (max. 8 to 10 minutes) and everybody should speak for more or less the same amount of time. Your material must be presented by means of a Powerpoint presentation (again, no mistakes will be tolerated). After the presentation, you will be submitted to a sort of cross-examination. Each person will be responsible for a direct question-and-answer in relation to your presented material.
Every group will also be responsible for shadowing another group. Your job will be to shadow and challenge the results and research of the presentation. You are not required to become an expert but you should be well-read on the subject. Thus, since information is always the most valuable asset, we will post the names of the companies as soon as they have been approved and, further, one week before your presentation the shadow group will be informed of the conclusion of your presentation (to invest or not to invest), so that they will have some time to come up with a counter-argument.
Remember: this is an opportunity to use the vocabulary from the relevant chapters in the book (1-13), e.g. financial history: Chapter 9 - Accounting and financial statements