Case Studies in Finance

Subject FNCE90023 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

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

FNCE90019 Principles of Finance. This subject is only available to those students who would satisfy the entry criteria for the Master of Applied Finance.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2015
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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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.

  • One 3-hour examinations (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 & analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Synthesis of data and other information
  • Evaluation of data and other information
  • Using computer software
  • Accessing data and other information from a range of sources
Related Course(s): Master of Applied Finance

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