Fundamentals of Finance

Subject FNCE90065 (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 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three hours of lectures and seminars per week
Total Time Commitment:

144 hours per semester, including self-directed study/research

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:

Not available to students who are enrolled in, or who have previously completed, FNCE90060 Financial Management, FNCE90018 Corporate Financial Policy or FNCE90056 Investment Management

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:


Prof Garry Twite



Subject Overview:

This subject introduces students to the fundamentals of finance, financial securities and financial markets. Topics include: key financial concepts such as the time-value-of-money, risk, return, present value, diversification, arbitrage, leverage and voting control; key financial securities such as stocks, bonds, mortgages and other loans; key financial markets such as the stock, interest rate and foreign exchange markets; and key participants in financial markets such as investors, funds, companies, banks, intermediaries, governments and regulators.

This subject is designed for students who seek an understanding of financial concepts and markets, but who do not intend to pursue any further studies in finance.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Explain the nature and role of different financial markets
  • Describe and distinguish the key features of different financial securities and participants
  • Apply key financial concepts to value financial securities and products
  • Explain the role of risk and return in financial decision making
  • Reflect on the content of current news in the financial press.
  • One 2000 word individual assignment, due in weeks 7 to 9 (30%)
  • One 3-hour end-of-semester examination (70%)
Prescribed Texts:

Details willl be provided by the end of 2015.

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
  • Problem solving
  • Team work
  • Critical thinking
  • Evaluation of data and other information.
Related Course(s): Master of International Business
Master of Management
Master of Management (Human Resources)
Master of Management (Marketing)
Master of Public Administration
Master of Public Administration (Enhanced)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of International Relations
100 Point Master of Public Policy and Management
100 Point Master of Social Policy
150 Point Master of Public Policy and Management
150 Point Master of Social Policy
200 Point Master of International Relations
200 Point Master of Public Policy and Management
200 Point Master of Social Policy

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