Case Studies in Finance

Subject FNCE90013 (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:

July, 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 3-hour lecture per week (Semester 1), 36 hours taught intensively (Semester 2).
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours per semester


This subject is only available to those students that have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Finance or who have successfully completed 100 points of the 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.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Melbourne Business School @ Berkeley Street
Level 4, 198 Berkeley Street
Telephone: +61 3 8344 1670

Subject Overview:

This is a capstone subject for the program consisting of selected case studies from topics including: financial management, investment management, portfolio analysis, derivatives and risk management, mergers and acquisitions, raising capital and other topical issues. The case studies describe actual business situations faced by financial managers, which requires analysis and decision-making.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Interpret basic financial statements and explain how they link together;
  • Explain and apply ratio analysis in valuation;
  • Explain how fundamental values (or 'intrinsic values') are estimated;
  • Apply, evaluate and compare current technologies to value firms using financial information;
  • Explain business activities that determine value, and identify 'value created for shareholders';
  • Explain the funding alternatives available to firms;
  • Evaluate the consequences of mergers and acquisitions;
  • Describe the nature and role of derivatives in risk management.
  • 3000 word assignment or equivalent, due mid-semester (30%)
  • One 3-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:

  • 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
  • Accessing data and other information from a range of sources
Related Course(s): Master of Finance

Download PDF version.