FINC19011 - Business Finance

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

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Term 1 - 2021 Profile
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Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
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).

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 and Written Assessment 30%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
3. 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

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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: Student and Self-reflection
Feedback
Some of the formulae and math explanations can be more elaborate.
Recommendation
Some of the weekly resources will be elaborated to clarify math and formulae.
Action Taken
This has been addressed by providing additional clarifications to some week's contents.
Source: Student and Self-reflection
Feedback
Including some real life examples will aid the learning further.
Recommendation
Some of the weekly resources will be augmented with real-life case studies or examples.
Action Taken
This has been addressed by incorporating relevant resources and providing assessments that focus on real-life case studies.
Source: Student feedback and Self-reflection
Feedback
Reorganisation and modification of some resources will be useful
Recommendation
Resources for some weeks are to be reorganised and modified in future delivery for further ease of learning
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Self-reflection
Feedback
Inclusion of few more tutorial resources may lead to better understanding
Recommendation
Few additional tutorial resources are to be included in varied weeks for better understanding
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and explain the critical problems corporate financial managers encounter and solve
  2. Apply finance theories and synthesise related information for corporate valuations, financial decision making and dividend policy formulation
  3. Analyse and form investment decisions using sound capital budgeting techniques
  4. Analyse risk and return for financial decision making
  5. Explain the valuation of financial securities (bonds, shares etc.) and the role of efficient markets.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Examination