Financial Spreadsheeting

Subject FNCE90045 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 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 16-Dec-2015
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 02-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Each student is to provide their own laptop or notebook computer, with Windows OS and MS Excel 2007 or later at every class.

FNCE90045 has a quota of 160 (2 streams of 80). Entry will be determined on a first-in, first-served, basis.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 3-hour class per week
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours per semester


This subject is only available to:

  • Students enrolled in the Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and the Master of Finance;
  • Students in the Master of Accounting who have completed FNCE90018 Corporate Financial Policy and FNCE90056 Investment Management;
  • Students enrolled in the Master of Management who have completed FNCE90018 Corporate Financial Policy and FNCE90056 Investment Management.
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2


Recommended Background Knowledge:


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 Ian O'Connor



Subject Overview:

The following topics will be covered: Financial Applications using Excel: basic spreadsheeting skills, functions and the function wizard, worksheet formatting and graphics. Financial problem solving tools: Solver, Goalseek and the Analysis Toolpak. Data management tools, subtotalling, consolidation, sorting filtering and pivot tables. Programming principles with applications to finance: object orientated programming, variable and control structures, writing Excel financial functions and subroutines, and creating add-ins. Communicating with the user of financial applications through message boxes, input boxes and dialogue boxes.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Use all the built-in features of Microsoft Excel;
  • Explain the principles of object-orientated programming;
  • Apply the principles of object-oriented programming to the development of Visual Basic for Applications programs;
  • Integrate various programming structures and concepts to build complex programs;
  • Evaluate strategies for finding and fixing computer programming errors;
  • Design computer programs that implement solutions in an efficient and effective manner.
  • 2-hour end-of-semester examination (50%)
  • Two computer-based assignments of 2500 words each and each worth 25%, due in Weeks 10 and 12 (50%)

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): Graduate Diploma in Finance
Master of Accounting
Master of Finance
Master of Management (Accounting and Finance)
Master of Management (Finance)
Master of Management (Finance)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 150 Point Master of Management (Finance)

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