International Business Finance

Subject FNCE90003 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Seminars, lectures and tutorials totalling 3 hours per week
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours per semester
Prerequisites: 333-302 Corporate Finance or equivalent subject
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Gregory Schwann


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Level 4, 198 Berkeley Street
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Subject Overview: Foreign exchange market microstructure; tests of parity relationships; measurement and management of foreign exchange exposure; international asset pricing models; international cost of capital and capital structure; international capital budgeting; multinational business decision making; international debt and equity markets; international banking.
Objectives: On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
  • Apply no-arbitrage conditions to determine the links that must hold between domestic and foreign interest rates, forward exchange rates and spot exchange rates;
  • Evaluate the factors that are important in determining the extent to which a firm will hedge against changes in foreign exchange rates;
  • Recognise factors that are important in determining exchange rates;
  • Generate portfolios that contain domestic and foreign bonds and domestic and foreign stocks that are mean-variance efficient;
  • Discuss how taxes can affect international investment decisions;
  • Explain how to evaluate foreign projects.
  • 3-hour end-of-semester examination (70%)
  • Assignments totalling not more than 3000 words (30%)
Prescribed Texts: You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Oral communication
  • Written communication
  • Collaborative learning
  • Problem solving
  • Team work
  • Statistical reasoning
  • Application of theory to practice
  • Interpretation and analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Synthesis of data and other information
  • Evaluation of data and other information
Related Course(s): Master of Commerce - Finance
Master of Finance
Master of Financial Management

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