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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 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.


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 or ECON11030 or STAT11048 or MGMT11169

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 3 - 2023

Term 3 - 2023 Profile

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

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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%).

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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
Revision of slides for a greater link to contemporary circumstances and less dependency on textbooks will be beneficial.
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
Reducing number of slides per week is recommended.
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
Take-home exam can be made more manageable.
The question structure of the take-home exam will be reconsidered to make it more manageable within the exam time frame.
Action Taken
Source: Self
Some contents can be updated to reflect contemporary contexts.
Some resources will be updated to conceptualise the modern finance contexts and industry and academic research.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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