CQUniversity Unit Profile
FINC19011 Business Finance
Business Finance
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General Information

Overview

This unit covers the basic concepts, tools and techniques that financial managers use in the contemporary business context. You will learn about the principal functions of financial managers, the different business structures, and capital markets and financial securities. You will also examine the valuation of investments and portfolio, project evaluation, the cost of capital, market efficiency, risk management, basics of foreign exchange and international financial market, and dividend policy. Completion of the unit will raise your awareness on how businesses and corporate organisations decide on short and long term investment decisions, and the global and domestic economic and contextual factors which influence these decisions.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

ECON11026 or MATH11246 or STAT11048

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2017

Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Distance
Gladstone
Mackay
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Practical and Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
2. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 10%
3. Examination
Weighting: 60%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Self-reflection

Feedback

The unit may provide more interactivity in videos

Recommendation

While the unit already provides some interactive videos, some more interactivities can be adopted in some of the videos in future offering

Feedback from Self-reflection and Student feedback

Feedback

Videos or slides could be slightly shorter for some weeks.

Recommendation

Some of the weekly materials, including some of the videos, will be shortened in future offering

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Discuss the critical decisions corporate financial managers face and solve
  2. Apply financial mathematics for the valuation of corporations and financial decision making
  3. Make investment decisions using sound capital budgeting techniques
  4. Analyse risk and return for financial decision making
  5. Discuss the pricing of shares, bonds and the role of efficient markets.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical and Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Online Quiz(zes) - 10%
3 - Examination - 60%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Practical and Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Online Quiz(zes) - 10%
3 - Examination - 60%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Fundamentals of Corporate Finance 2nd Australasian edn (2013)

Authors: R. Parrino, D. Kidwell, A. Yong, Dempsey, Morkel-Kingsbury, Ekanayake, Kofoed, Murray
John Wiley and Sons
Milton Milton , Qld , Australia
ISBN: 9780730305712
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

E-book version may be used as an alternative to the hard copy.

May involve the use and installation of a customized software. Further details will be advised later.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Different online resources indicated on Moodle.
  • MathType or other Equation Editor
  • MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 6th Edition (APA 6th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Shagun Khemka Unit Coordinator
s.khemka@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 10 Jul 2017

Module/Topic

Introduction to finance and Time Value of Money

Chapter

1 & 5(Partial)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 17 Jul 2017

Module/Topic

Cash flow and valuation

Chapter

5(Partial) & 6(Partial)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 24 Jul 2017

Module/Topic

Risk and return

Chapter

7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 31 Jul 2017

Module/Topic

Bond valuation

Chapter

6(Partial) & 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 07 Aug 2017

Module/Topic

Share valuation

Chapter

6(Partial) & 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 14 Aug 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 21 Aug 2017

Module/Topic

Capital budgeting basics (with international context)

Chapter

10 and additional resources in lecture slides

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 28 Aug 2017

Module/Topic

Cash flow and capital budgeting

Chapter

11 & 12

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 04 Sep 2017

Module/Topic

Cost of capital

Chapter

13

Events and Submissions/Topic

Valuation Assignment Due: Week 8 Friday (8 Sept 2017) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 11 Sep 2017

Module/Topic

Raising capital

Chapter

15

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 18 Sep 2017

Module/Topic

Capital structure policy

Chapter

16

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 25 Sep 2017

Module/Topic

Dividends and dividend policy

Chapter

17

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 02 Oct 2017

Module/Topic

Revision

Chapter

All

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Quiz Due: Week 12 Monday (2 Oct 2017) 11:45 am AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 09 Oct 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 16 Oct 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Valuation Assignment

Task Description

This assessment item is to be completed individually. You are required to complete a set of mathematical problems, and associated discussion questions and case studies (real world scenario, or hypothetical or virtual world scenario), outlined on Moodle. The contents will be based on weeks 1-5 (inclusive). While assessment 1 covers the basic knowledge, this assessment aims at both judging your competence in respect to the theories and problems encountered and making you familiar with the practical applications of these concepts in processing real world information.

Calculations can be illustrated using an Equation Editor, MathType or financial calculator steps. If you use the financial calculator, you must show the formula and figures in the formula as well as the financial calculator steps.

You may also be required to use Microsoft Excel or similar software for assessment questions. Further, the assessment may involve extracting real world information from online resources.

The explanations in discussion questions should be aimed at one brief paragraph to multiple paragraphs depending upon the question.

If you use sources to support your decisions, you must use in-text referencing to properly acknowledge the work of the original author. However, you are not expected to reference the formulae.

Further details, including the questions to be answered, will be provided within the Assessment block in Moodle by Week 5 Monday.

Also, you are to submit as a doc/docx/rtf format. Please note that you are encouraged to employ cloud services to store your documents while you prepare the assessment; though the final submission has to be made through the assessment submission link on Moodle.


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Friday (8 Sept 2017) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 10 Friday (22 Sept 2017)

Further return information, including any potential slightly earlier return date, will be advised on Moodle.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Your performance will be based on your ability to solve complex finance problems, which will provide evidence of your critical thinking and problem solving skills using both formula/financial calculator and Microsoft Excel; and it will also judge your ability to use real world online resources. Marks will be allocated for this assignment for meeting the following requirements:

  • Completeness of submitted assignment – all required parts submitted
  • Accuracy of the calculations and explanations
  • Presentation: clearly and neatly labelled answers to each question; no spelling, typing or grammatical errors; and appropriately referenced if required.
  • References to proper sources in the case of discussions
  • Model construction (if any) using Microsoft Excel

More details are on Moodle.

Note: Ensure you show the formulae, figures inserted into the formulae and then your calculation steps used (either financial calculator steps or further steps using the equation). Answers need to be shown appropriately e.g. if a percentage you can show up to two decimal places such as 12.25%; if $ and cents then you can show as $50,000.18 (2 decimal places only).

A specific marking criteria is provided on Moodle.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
All students are required to submit their assignment through the Assessment block in Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Discuss the critical decisions corporate financial managers face and solve
  • Apply financial mathematics for the valuation of corporations and financial decision making
  • Make investment decisions using sound capital budgeting techniques
  • Analyse risk and return for financial decision making
  • Discuss the pricing of shares, bonds and the role of efficient markets.


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Online Quiz

Task Description

Complete an online quiz within the assessment block in Moodle. The quiz will consist of 15 questions relating to Chapters 10 to 13, and 15-16 from your prescribed textbook (covering weeks 6 to 10 contents). The quiz will contain both multiple choice and true-false questions. You have been allocated 65 minutes to complete this online quiz.

You will not be able to re-open the quiz after this date. Therefore it is your responsibility to complete the quiz within the specified time period. If you experience a computer transmission problem you cannot resolve, you are required to contact the unit coordinator by email (the online system records your attempt on the quiz) at the earliest.


Number of Quizzes

1


Frequency of Quizzes


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Monday (2 Oct 2017) 11:45 am AEST

Available from 9:00 am Monday 25 Sep 2017 to 11:45 pm Monday 2 Oct 2017 only (AEST)


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Tuesday (3 Oct 2017)

Your online quiz results will be automatically generated and will be displayed upon completion of the quiz. You can access your results again on the course website via the Gradebook. You will have access to your completed quiz to check the questions you got wrong after the quiz closes..


Weighting
10%

Assessment Criteria

Students will be assessed on their problem-solving and critical thinking skills, demonstrated by their performance on the online quiz. The nature of this assessment item indirectly assesses your information technology competence.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Complete within Moodle - access via the Assessment block.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Discuss the critical decisions corporate financial managers face and solve
  • Apply financial mathematics for the valuation of corporations and financial decision making
  • Make investment decisions using sound capital budgeting techniques
  • Analyse risk and return for financial decision making
  • Discuss the pricing of shares, bonds and the role of efficient markets.


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Technology Competence

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
60%

Length
180 minutes

Details
Calculator - all non-communicable calculators, including scientific, programmable and graphics calculators are authorised
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Closed Book
Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

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What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

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