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FINC19011 - Business Finance

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit covers the basic concepts, tools and techniques that financial managers use to maximise shareholder wealth. The main financial decisions that will be covered include investment, financing and dividends using practical applications. Within these three main financial decision-making areas, the unit defines the goal of the firm, discusses how investments are evaluated, how sources and the mix of capital are determined and how the retention and distribution of earnings is reached.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

ECON11026 and either 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2014

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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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 10%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 20%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
4. Examination 60%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 35.94% response rate.

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.

Source: Self-reflection
Feedback
Revision of slides for a greater link to contemporary circumstances and less dependency on textbooks will be beneficial.
Recommendation
Several slides across weeks will be revised to make contents even more understandable for this highly technical subject.
Action Taken
Some slides have been edited to incorporate less dependency on textbooks.
Source: Student and Self-reflection
Feedback
Reducing number of slides per week is recommended.
Recommendation
For the weeks which contain a large number of slides, changes will be made to reduce number of slides and which will expectantly reduce students' cognitive loads.
Action Taken
The slides in this unit are designed as a form of study guide. Thus, rather than reducing slides abruptly, students have been kept informed concerning the slides' purpose and how they may skim through the contents while not sustaining a high cognitive load.
Source: Student
Feedback
Take-home exam can be made more manageable.
Recommendation
The question structure of the take-home exam will be reconsidered to make it more manageable within the exam time frame.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Self
Feedback
Some contents can be updated to reflect contemporary contexts.
Recommendation
Some resources will be updated to conceptualise the modern finance contexts and industry and academic research.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. discuss the key decisions facing corporate financial managers and solve many of the problems these financial managers are expected to solve
  2. apply financial mathematics for the valuation of corporations and other 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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Examination