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Unit Profile Correction added on 26-03-20
The end of term examination has now been changed to an alternate form of
assessment. Please see your Moodle site for details of the assessment.
This unit covers the basic concepts, tools and techniques that financial managers use in the contemporary business context. You will learn about the principle 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.
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 ECON11030) 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 1 - 2020
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).
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.
You can attempt this assessment individually or as a group of no more than two students. To form a group, you may consider getting in touch with one of your peers on the same campus or another campus or another distance learning student. For groups, only one member of the group should submit. The assessment constitutes a set of mathematical problems and associated theory and discussion questions and case studies (real world scenario, or hypothetical or virtual world scenario). For a group assessment, there can be few additional tasks compared to an individual submission. The contents are based on weeks 1-5 (inclusive). The assessment aims at both judging your competence regarding the topics encountered and making you familiar with the applications of these concepts in real-world information processing. Further details, including the specific questions to be answered, will be provided within the Assessment block in Moodle by the end of Week 1.
Some points to note:
You may use Equation Editor, MathType to indicate the calculation steps. If you use the financial calculator, please show the formula and figures in the formula further to the financial calculator steps. You may also be required to use Microsoft Excel or similar software for assessment questions.
The explanations in discussion questions should aim at one brief paragraph or multiple paragraphs depending upon the question and marks allocated. If you use sources to support your decisions, please use in-text referencing to acknowledge the source. However, you are not expected to reference the formulae.
You should submit as a doc/docx/rtf format through the submission link on Moodle.
Assessment Due Date
Week 7 Friday (1 May 2020) 11:59 pm AEST
Return Date to Students
Week 10 Monday (18 May 2020)
Return information will be advised on Moodle
The assessment judges your ability to solve the set problems and discuss the relevant issues, further to your capability to use online resources. Marks allocated for this assignment consider the following aspects:
Identify and explain the critical problems corporate financial managers encounter and solve
Analyse risk and return for financial decision making
Explain the valuation of financial securities (bonds, shares etc.) and the role of efficient markets.
Information Technology Competence
2 Online Quiz(zes)
Complete an online quiz through the relevant link in Moodle. The quiz will open on Friday of Week 10 at 9 am (AEST) and will close on Monday of Week 12 at 11:59 pm (AEST). It consists of 15 questions (both multiple choice and true-false questions) relating to weeks 6-10 inclusive and covers both theoretical concepts and math problem-solving. You have 65 minutes to complete this online quiz. You will be unable to re-open the quiz after the indicated dates and times. Therefore it is your responsibility to complete the quiz within the specified period. If you experience a computer problem you cannot solve, you are required to contact the unit coordinator by email at the earliest. Notably, the online system records your attempt on the quiz. Thus, decisions regarding any computer issue are likely to consider these records (if any). Some further details on the quiz structure will be advised on Moodle by the end of Week 9.
Number of Quizzes
Frequency of Quizzes
Assessment Due Date
Week 12 Monday (1 June 2020) 11:59 pm AEST
Available from Friday 22 May 2020 9:00 am to Monday 1 Jun 2020 11:59 pm only (AEST)
Return Date to Students
Week 12 Tuesday (2 June 2020)
Your online quiz results will be automatically generated and displayed upon completion of the quiz. You will have access to your completed quiz to check the questions you got wrong after the quiz closes.
You will be assessed on your problem-solving and critical thinking skills. The nature of this assessment item indirectly assesses your information technology competence.
Please note the dates and time the quiz will remain open. You need to ensure that you attempt the quiz within this period.
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Apply finance theories and synthesise related information for corporate valuations, financial decision making and dividend policy formulation
Analyse and form investment decisions using sound capital budgeting techniques
Information Technology Competence
Complete an invigilated examination
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - all non-communicable calculators, including scientific, programmable and graphics calculators are authorised
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.
Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification
you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.
As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the
Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure.
This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid,
the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.
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.
Where can I get assistance?
For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.