Economics of Finance

Subject ECON90034 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2014:

Semester 1, 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: Three hours per week of lectures and tutorials
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours per semester


This subject is only available to students who would satisfy the entry criteria for the Graduate Diploma in Finance, Postgraduate Diploma in Finance or Master of Finance.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

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Subject Overview:

This subject examines important features of financial markets, illustrating how economic analysis can aid understanding of those features. Topics considered may include: payments systems (drawing on network economics); security issuance techniques (drawing on auction theory); credit rationing (drawing on asymmetric economics); financial market regulation (drawing on the theory of regulation); macroeconomic determinants of financial prices; flow of funds analysis and long term influences on saving, investment and financial markets (such as retirement incomes policy); international debt defaults and enforcement and international agencies.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Apply economic theories to sharemarket and financial market situations;
  • Evaluate macroeconomic policy in relation to current issues;
  • Explain the importance of competition to the sharemarket performance of firms;
  • Interpret the meaning and measurement of economic variables, such as the Gross Domestic Product;
  • Explain the economic forces that determine sharemarket performance;
  • Describe the roles of money and the financial system in the macroeconomy;
  • Critically analyse macroeconomic policies appropriate to the achievement of macroeconomic objectives and to evaluate those policies;
  • Analyse the factors influencing economic growth, exchange rates, and interest rates.

  • 3 assignments: Assignment 1 (7.5%) 750 words due in week 6; Assignment 2 (15%) 1500 words due in week 10; Assignment 3 (7.5%) 750 words due in week 12
  • 2-hour end-of-semester examination (70%)

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:

  • Evaluation of ideas, views and evidence
  • Synthesis of ideas, views and evidence
  • Critical thinking
  • Application of theory to economic policy and business decision making
  • Accessing economic and other information
  • Summarise and interpretation of information
  • Application of windows software
  • Statistical reasoning
  • Problem solving skills
  • Collaborative learning and teamwork
  • Negotiation and bargaining
  • Written communication
  • Oral communication

This subject is only available to students in the Postgraduate Diploma in Finance or the first year of the Master of Finance.

Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Finance
Master of Finance

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