Business Finance

Subject FNCE20001 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Semester 1 and 2: Two 1-hour lectures and a 1-hour tutorial per week; Summer Semester: Twenty-four hours of lectures and twelve hours of tutorials
Total Time Commitment: Not available


(1) FNCE10001 Finance 1 or

(2) An approved quantitative subject and an approved accounting subject. Approved quantitative subjects are: ECON10005 Quantitative Methods 1, MAST10008 Accelerated Mathematics 1; MAST10009 Accelerated Mathematics 2; MAST10005 Calculus 1; MAST10006 Calculus 2; MAST10007 Linear Algebra; MAST10011 Experimental Design and Data Analysis; MAST10010 Data Analysis 1. Approved accounting subjects are: ACCT10002 Accounting Transactions and Analysis or ACCT10002 Introductory Financial Accounting



Recommended Background Knowledge:

Please refer to Prerequisites and Corequisites.

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:

Topics include basic institutional knowledge of the Australian finance sector and an introduction to the theory of pricing of risky assets, focusing on the Capital Asset Pricing Model; fundamentals of capital budgeting, including methods of allowing for inflation, and the treatment of risk; instruments of corporate funding; the theory and practice of capital structure and dividend policy decisions; and an introduction to complex financial instruments such as options and futures.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Solve basic problems in financial mathematics.
  • Discuss the basic theories underlying the pricing of risky assets;
  • Comprehend the concepts of portfolio formation;
  • Explain the fundamentals of capital budgeting, including the use of alternative criteria, allowing for inflation and the treatment of risk;
  • Analyse the issues facing managers in decisions of capital structure and dividend policy;
  • Use the features of financial derivatives to achieve particular financial outcomes.

Semesters 1 and 2: A 2-hour end-of semester examination (60%), a 1-hour mid-semester test (25%) and periodic tutorial assignments totalling not more than 1500 words (15%)

Summer Semester: A 3-hour end-of semester examination (80%), and a 1-hour mid-semester test or two tutorial assignments totalling not more than 2000 words (20%)

Prescribed Texts:

Business Finance (G Peirson, R Brown, S Easton, P Howard and S Pinder), McGraw-Hill, (11th edn), 2012

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:
  • High level of development: problem solving; interpretation and analysis; critical thinking.

  • Moderate level of development: oral communication; written communication; collaborative learning; statistical reasoning; application of theory to practice; synthesis of data and other information; evaluation of data and other information; accessing data and other information from a range of sources.

  • Some level of development: team work; use of computer software.

Related Breadth Track(s): Your Money or Your Life
Real Estate and the Australian Dream
Fundamentals of Finance and Accounting
Ethics &&& Investing
Economics &&& Finance

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