Introduction to Financial Instruments and Markets - 2018

Unit summary

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  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Group Project (35%) , Invigilated Exam (45%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
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Domestic 1,368.00
HECS 1,368.00
International 1,618.00

An overview of global financial markets and the major instruments traded within those markets. The focus is on equity and debt markets. The importance of ethics within financial markets will also be discussed.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. compare the types of equity securities that companies can use to raise equity capital, and understand how share prices are determined
  2. contrast the characteristics of different types of debt securities and analyse different theories of interest rate determination and the relationship with the pricing of interest rate securities
  3. evaluate the importance of ethics within the financial markets and investment industry
  4. interpret internation financial economic theories in relation to financial instruments and markets, including the effect on calculation of financial instrument prices.
  • Group Project (35%)
  • Invigilated Exam (45%)
  • Mid-study period test (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Market Organisation & Structure
2Equity Securities
3Equity Valuation
4Market Efficiency & Technical Analysis
5Ethics in the Investment Industry
6Fixed Income Essentials
7Debt Security Valuation
8Term Structure & Interest Rate Dynamics
9Interest Rate Risk
10Credit Risk

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

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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.
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