Business Finance

Subject FNCE20001 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

January, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 04-Jan-2016 to 05-Feb-2016
Assessment Period End 26-Feb-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Jan-2016
Census Date 15-Jan-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 05-Feb-2016

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
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 request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Joshua Shemesh, Dr Vincent Gregoire, Prof Rob Brown


Summer: Rob Brown
Semester 1: Vincent Gregoire
Semester 2: Joshua Shemesh

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, (12th edn), 2014

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.

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