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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 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

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 MATH11246 or STAT11048

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2018

Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Distance
Gladstone
Mackay
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville
Term 3 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville
Term 3 - 2019 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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 38.18% 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
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
Action Taken
All videos have been redeveloped in the recent semester to address this recommendation and reflect changes due to the use of a new book.
Source: 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
Action Taken
Weekly videos are now split into multiple short-length videos and other resources have also been redesigned to address this recommendation.
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
Nil.
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
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 financial mathematics and synthesize related information for corporate valuations and financial decision making
  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
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