Financial Markets - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • 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 (30%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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

Financial Markets is a Level 1 unit that introduces you to the financial markets environment in which business organisations operate. The unit presents an overview of the financial system and its various financial markets, instruments and institutions. You will investigate the nature and role of the main financial markets within the domestic and global environment.

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

  1. identify the nature and key components of financial systems domestically and globally to apply in diverse contexts
  2. identify the nature, role and determinants of the structure and level of interest rates in economics and financial contexts
  3. demonstrate the basic financial mathematics applied to the pricing of money and capital market instruments
  4. analyse the characteristics and functions of the main financial intermediaries operating in financial systems in a global context
  5. assess the operations of the foreign exchange market including the nature and determinants of exchange rates and relevant investment strategies
  6. understand the main features of equity and derivatives markets from investors’ perspective
  7. work collaboratively in teams and communicate effectively to produce a high quality report.
  • Assignment (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Quizzes (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to financial markets
2Flow of funds and determination of interest rates
3The money market
4The debt-capital market
5The foreign exchange market
6The equity-capital market
7The derivatives market
8The changing financial system and role of financial institutions

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

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.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Financial Institutions, Instruments and Markets

    By:Viney & Phillips

    ISBN: 9781743079959


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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