CQUniversity Unit Profile
FINC20018 Managerial Finance
Managerial Finance
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General Information

Overview

This unit provides a fundamental understanding of management finance. You will examine corporate financial goals and how to realise them through the raising of funds, the allocation of resources and the undertaking of investments by firms. You will be introduced to the theory and use of a range of financial decision making concepts such as financial goals, financial markets, financial mathematics, risk and return, asset pricing, capital budgeting, cost of capital, capital structure and dividend policy.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

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 - 2018

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney

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 Postgraduate 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. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Examination
Weighting: 50%

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

1) Overall the unit ran well with all glitches resolved amicably 2) Reporting the 20 students in Assessment 1 for academic misconduct resulted in the best outcome, namely there were no cases to report for Assessment 2.

Recommendation

Work with teaching staff and students when any glitches occur as well as to continue working with students on how to prevent high similarity through cheating and plagiarism.

Feedback from Teaching team

Feedback

1) The teaching team have been supportive and have communicated any issues via emails or by telephone. For instance, initially the experimentation of a new approach to Assessments tasks to produce multiple or unique student answers. The teaching staff drew on their professional judgement and knowledge to grade the assessments of each student with great results. 2) The teaching team were supportive and provided feedback during the investigation phase and outcome phase of the Academic Misconduct cases within their cohorts.

Recommendation

1) Develop assessments that produce answers unique to the students. 2) Communicate to the teaching team affected by Academic Conduct cases in their cohort of students during and after investigation. Support the teaching team and their students, when they report Academic Misconduct or provide additional feedback to help the Academic Misconduct Board make an informed evidence-based decision.

Feedback from Student feedback

Feedback

The student feedback for the unit has been positive whereby the overall level of satisfaction was 4.4/5. This is a pleasing result, given we changed the Assessment format, had a new Sydney campus lecturer start and where two graders graded the Sydney cohort. Based on a couple of informal emails from students, they were happy with the manner in which the teaching staff were dealing with any general unit inquiries and academic misconduct appeals.

Recommendation

1) Encourage the teaching team to manage their cohort of students as they see fit 2) Encourage the teaching team to manage any issues (including when dealing with Academic Misconduct issues) affecting their cohort of students.

Feedback from Employer feedback

Feedback

Employer feedback suggests discussion forums should be mainly used by students, rather than the unit co-ordinator jumping in first to contribute to it. By allowing other students time to contribute the discussion.

Recommendation

Be mindful to encourage students to participate in the discussion forums on the Moodle s, rather than respond to all student queries. Give pees the opportunity to help each other out on the Moodle forums.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Examine and describe financial goals and their realisation in the context of modern firms and financial managers
  2. Analyse the role of financial markets and their functions in a developed economy
  3. Evaluate various capital assets and funding strategies
  4. Evaluate corporate financial decisions related to capital structure and dividend policy aimed at maximising the value of the firm.
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
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Examination - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
8 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Examination - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Financial Management - Principles and Applications

7th Edition (2016)
Authors: Sheridan Titman, Tony Martin, Arthur J. Keown, John D. Martin
Pearson Australia
Melbourne Melbourne , Victoria , Australia
ISBN: 9781486019649
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

As an alternative, an e-book is available for this text and can be purcahsed on-line.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
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
Julie Knutsen Unit Coordinator
j.knutsen@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Jul 2018

Module/Topic

Introduction to financial management and the principles of finance

Firms and the financial market.

Chapter

1 and 2

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Jul 2018

Module/Topic

Understanding financial statements, taxes and cash flows

Financial analysis and sizing up firm performance

Chapter

3 and 4

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Jul 2018

Module/Topic

The time value of money - The basics

The time value of money - Annuities and other topics

Chapter

5 and 6

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Jul 2018

Module/Topic

An introduction to risk and return

Risk and return- Capital market theory

Chapter

7 and 8

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Aug 2018

Module/Topic

Debt valuation and interest rates

Chapter

9

Events and Submissions/Topic


Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Aug 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Aug 2018

Module/Topic

Share valuation

Chapter

10

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Aug 2018

Module/Topic

Investment decision criteria

Analysing project cash flows

Chapter

11 and 12

Events and Submissions/Topic

ASSESSMENT 1 due Thursday 30th August by 11.45 pm


Written Assessment 1: Due: Week 7 Thursday (30 Aug 2018) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 8 Begin Date: 03 Sep 2018

Module/Topic

Risk analysis and project evaluation

Chapter

13

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 9 Begin Date: 10 Sep 2018

Module/Topic

The cost of capital

Chapter

14

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 10 Begin Date: 17 Sep 2018

Module/Topic

Capital-structure policy

Chapter

15

Events and Submissions/Topic

ASSESSMENT 2 due Thursday 20th September, 2018 by 11.45 pm. 


Practical and Written Assessment 2: Due: Week 10 Thursday (20 Sept 2018) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 24 Sep 2018

Module/Topic

Dividend policy

Chapter

16

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 12 Begin Date: 01 Oct 2018

Module/Topic

Revision

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Revision and exam related discussion

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Oct 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Oct 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment 1:

Task Description

For Assessment 1, on-campus and distant (FLEX) students have the option to work in a group of 2 or as an individual. Importantly, working in a group promotes collaborative learning and knowledge sharing to enhance the learning experience.

The task includes calculation and theory questions from the prescribed textbook. Specific instructions and the marking criteria will be posted on the Moodle site. In summary key expectations include:

  • specific word count for each answer will be detailed in the assignment guidelines and instructions.
  • students are encouraged to include tables, figures and appendices to support answers.
  • all content [including the narrative, diagrams, figures, tables and appendices] must be referenced using APA reference formatting.
  • do not include any jpeg/jpg files or similar scanned picture files of your answers or those of other students as this will be considered a plagiarism offense.
  • only provide images (jpeg/jpg/or similar) of pictures, figures or tables sourced from references that you are unable to adapt or modify in MS-word for purposes of your assessments. Make sure you reference the sources of any images correctly.
  • type in all your formulas using the <Insert><Equation> function in the Microsoft-word application and include citation as a footnote for formulas or as an in-text reference citation or you risk high similarity.
  • create your own timelines in Microsoft-word or Microsoft-excel application. Do not copy and paste timelines from any website, other students papers or other sources, or you risk high similarity.
  • to demonstrate your research skills, answers to theory questions should draw supporting evidence from at least 8 different peer-reviewed references.
  • text must be 1.5 spacing and use either Arial or Times Roman 12 pt, with 16 pt bold for major headings and 14 pt bold for sub-headings.
IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT YOUR SUBMISSION
  1. Only ONE member PER GROUP is to submit the hand-written assessment.
  2. To avoid exceeding file size restrictions, do not use images or scanned pictures(jpeg/jpg/or similar) with large file sizes.
  3. Do not include in your assessments any jpeg or jpg files or similar scanned picture files of your answers.
  4. Only provide images (jpeg or jpg or similar) of pictures, figures or tables sourced from the literature that you are unable to manually adapt or modify for purposes of your assessments using MS-word. Make sure you reference the sources of any images correctly.
  5. Do not copy and paste ANY formulas from the internet or the works of other writers, including other students work, because Turnitin will pick it up as high similarity. Instead as mentioned above type in all your formulas using the <Insert><Equation> function in the Microsoft-word application.
  6. Referencing support is given on the Moodle site for this course.
  7. Do not submit in PDF format nor upload any drafts. Submission must be as a Microsoft-word doc only.
This assessment is worth 20% of the total mark for this unit.


Assessment Due Date

Week 7 Thursday (30 Aug 2018) 11:45 pm AEST

Assignment 1 Managerial Finance Moodle submission


Return Date to Students

Week 9 Thursday (13 Sept 2018)

Assignment 1 Managerial Finance feedback provided via Moodle


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Along with task instructions and questions, a comprehensive marking rubric and mark sheet is provided on Moodle.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE 1: For calculation questions, full marks will only be awarded when the answer is accurate, the right formula is used AND all calculation steps, applicable diagrams/figures/tables/timelines are shown.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE 2: For theory questions, the minimum standards include clear and correct explanations, using your own words and adherence to APA referencing formats [see also marking criteria for standards of 'Excellence']. Where copying and or pasting from other sources resulted in high percentage similarity, marks will be deducted. Serious cases are reported for academic misconduct.

This assessment is worth 20% of the total mark for this unit.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online Group

Submission Instructions
Word format only. One file per group submitted on Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Examine and describe financial goals and their realisation in the context of modern firms and financial managers
  • Analyse the role of financial markets and their functions in a developed economy
  • Evaluate various capital assets and funding strategies
  • Evaluate corporate financial decisions related to capital structure and dividend policy aimed at maximising the value of the firm.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Self-management

2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Practical and Written Assessment 2:

Task Description

Assessment 2 gives on-campus and distance (FLEX) students the option to collaborate and work in a group of 2 or individually.

Working in groups promotes collaborative learning and knowledge sharing to enhance the learning experience.

The assessment centres around a case study which requires research and application of the theories, concepts and techniques that are needed to make financial decisions in competitive business environments.

Comprehensive instructions and marking criteria are available via Moodle. In summary the key expectations are:

  • response to case study must be in report format including executive summary, table of contents, introduction, body with sub-headings, recommendations, conclusion, appendices and reference list [see also marking criteria on Moodle for full instructions].
  • fonts must be either Arial or Times Roman 12 pt and 1.5 spacing for narrative, 16 pt bold for major headings and 14 pt bold for sub-headings.
  • inclusion of diagrams and tables to support the response is strongly encouraged.
  • all supporting material, diagrams and tables must be properly referenced using APA in-text referencing formats.
  • type in all your formulas, if applicable, using the <Insert><Equation> function in Microsoft-word application and include citation as a footnote for formulas or as an in-text reference citation or you risk high similarity.
  • create your own timelines in Microsoft-word or Microsoft-excel application. Do not copy and paste timelines from any website, other students papers or other sources, or you risk high similarity.
  • support for the response should draw from a minimum of 5 different peer-reviewed references as well as a range of appropriate web-based internet and/or professional texts and sources.
  • word count is approximately 1,500 words (i.e. 4 pages) excluding in-text referencing, table of contents, diagrams and tables.
  • submission is online via Moodle in Word format (.doc or .docx).

IMPORTANT NOTES

  1. To avoid exceeding file size restrictions, do not use images or scanned pictures(jpeg/jpg/or similar) with large file sizes.
  2. Do not include in your assessments any jpeg or jpg files or similar scanned picture files of your answers.
  3. Only provide images (jpeg or jpg or similar) of pictures, figures or tables sourced from the literature that you are unable to manually adapt or modify for purposes of your assessments using MS-word. Make sure you reference the sources of any images correctly.
  4. Referencing support is given on the Moodle site for this course.
  5. Only ONE member PER GROUP is to submit the assessment.
  6. Do not submit in PDF format nor upload draft copies. Submission must be as a Microsoft-word doc only.
This assessment is worth 30% of the total mark for this unit.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Thursday (20 Sept 2018) 11:45 pm AEST

Assignment 2 Managerial Finance Moodle submission


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Thursday (4 Oct 2018)

Assignment 2 Managerial Finance feedback provided via Moodle.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Along with task instructions and questions, a comprehensive marking rubric and mark sheet is provided on Moodle.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE 1: If there are any calculation questions, full marks will only be awarded when the answer is accurate, the right formula is used AND all calculation steps, applicable diagrams/figures/tables/timelines are shown.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE 2: For case study answers, the minimum standards include clear and correct explanations, using your own words and adherence to APA referencing formats [see also marking criteria for standards of 'Excellence']. Where copying from other sources resulted in high percentage similarity, marks will be deducted. Serious cases are reported for academic misconduct.

The assignment will be marked out of 100 marks and scaled down to 30.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online Group

Submission Instructions
Word format only. One file per group submitted on Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Evaluate various capital assets and funding strategies
  • Evaluate corporate financial decisions related to capital structure and dividend policy aimed at maximising the value of the firm.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
50%

Length
180 minutes

Details
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only
Closed Book
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