FINC20018 - Managerial Finance

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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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 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
3. Examination 50%

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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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 85.71% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 41.18% 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: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Good teaching approach by the unit coordinator.
Recommendation
The teaching team has focused on the areas that students may find challenging and spent some workshop time to reinforce finance concepts and terminologies using exercise questions and case studies. The approach works well especially for students from non-accounting and finance background.
Action Taken
The teaching team has focused on the areas that students may find challenging and spent time to reinforce finance concepts and terminologies using real-life examples. The Unit Evaluation demonstrates those students from non-accounting and finance background appreciated this teaching approach.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
I really enjoyed the assignments for this course. They were real-world oriented, practical and I learnt a lot from them both.
Recommendation
The assessment questions are based on real-world case studies. All the assessments have been discussed in class with a clear expectation conveyed to students. The workshop sessions have been also recorded and uploaded on the Moodle to ensure that students have access to information and guidelines in preparing their assessments.
Action Taken
The teaching team will continue the current teaching practice and integrate various learning resources including guest lecture and alumni talk to simulate a positive learning environment for students.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Please clearly identify what the lectures and workshops are in your next course.
Recommendation
The workshop is mainly for class activities and using practical questions and case studies to engage with students, while some of the finance terminologies are explained in detail in the lecture recording. This will require students to prepare the materials before joining the workshop. The teaching team will further clarify.
Action Taken
The teaching team has further clarified for students. The workshop is mainly for class activities and using practical questions and case studies to engage with students, while some of the finance terminologies are explained in detail in the lecture recording. This will require students to prepare the materials before joining the workshop.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
This was one of the most tech-embracing units I have had at CQUniversity so far. The content is complex, but it was delivered in a way understandable for students coming from different backgrounds.
Recommendation
We have adopted a few case studies and scenario-based analysis in the assessments. As for the class activities we have used youtube videos, online quiz in mobile phones as well as guest speeches to create a learning environment to engage the students in various methods. A few experiments will be considered when embracing ChatGPT in L&T and assessment design.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
My sincere gratitude to my lecturer who helped me a lot to understand the content and helped me to complete my assessment. Though I am from a medical background I could be able to understand at least few parts of theoretical and its importance in practical life.
Recommendation
It is encouraging to see students from other backgrounds to show interest in finance. The teaching team will endeavour to support students, especially those from non-accounting and finance background, to achieve the learning outcomes.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
In comparison with other units, I found the weekly content far more significant and required approximately 14 -20 hours of time per week especially leading up to assignment submission and balancing the weekly content with assessment content.
Recommendation
This is a challenging unit for students from non-accounting and finance background and lack of finance prerequisite knowledge. The teaching team will focus on those important areas that students may find challenging and reinforce finance concepts/terminologies that underpin the assessment components.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8