Introduction to Finance Principles - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment (20%) , Invigilated Exam - Final Examination (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,324.00
HECS 1,324.00
International 1,574.00

This unit was previously known as BAN23 Introductory Finance.

This unit develops the rationale and techniques of corporate financial management built from the fundamentals of financial mathematics, interest rates, project and asset valuation, portfolio theory, asset pricing theory, capital structure theory, and risk management.

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At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. distinguish and apply time value of money concepts to solve financial problems
  2. evaluate and apply the diverse financial models to value real and financial assets
  3. synthesise the competing theories in capital structure policy, and evaluate the different models of cost of capital estimation
  4. evaluate and apply the concepts of risk management.
  • Assignment (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Final Examination (50%)
  • Mid-study period test (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

You will need some maths skills, an understanding of quantitative techniques and/or algebra. You may use a standard or financial calculator.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduce basic concepts and principles to financial processes, products and institutions
2Introduce finance theory as it applies to financial processes, products and institutions
3Develop a foundation in finance for students specialising in related fields
4Present a set of financial tools that facilitate financial analysis and decision making

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

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This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Fundamentals of Corporate Finance + Connect card

    By:Ross Drew Walk Westerfield

    ISBN: 9781743762967


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