Financial Decision Making - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assessment - Linked CLOs: 1 - 7 (30%) , Invigilated Exam - Linked CLOs: 1 - 7 (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,000.00
International 3,250.00

This unit provides you with the key knowledge and skills required for financial management linking together strategic decision making concepts with day-to-day management decisions. The unit adopts a practical approach using examples taken from Australian companies as well as large international companies. It equips you with techniques and skills that enable you to objectively analyse and evaluate alternatives from a solid theoretical base.

This unit embraces the three key decisions confronting business: The Investment Decision, The Financing Decision and The Dividend Decision.

On successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. CLO1: Demonstrate a broad, critical and practical understanding of financial decision making theories and practices in the real world
  2. CLO2: Identify valuation models and use them for equity, debt instruments and the firm as a whole
  3. CLO3: Compare the advantages and disadvantages of the most commonly used methods of investment evaluation
  4. CLO4: Differentiate between the various costs of capital and calculate these costs
  5. CLO5: Recognise the significance of capital structure and examine its importance in decision making
  6. CLO6: Recognise the impact of dividend policy as it applies to firms
  7. CLO7: Understand the importance of working capital management.
  • Assessment — Linked CLOs: 1 - 7 (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Linked CLOs: 1 - 7 (50%)
  • Mid-study period test — Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction and overview of financial statement
2Valuation of Financial Assets
3Time Value of Money
4Risk & Return - Capital Market Theory
5Debt Valuation
6Interest rates & share valuations
7Capital Budgeting
8Cost of capital and capital structure policy
9Dividend policy
10Working capital management

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials

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.

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