Financial Economics - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Spreadsheet Exercise (20%) , Assignment 2 - Essay (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,840.00
International 4,090.00

Financial Economics is the study of markets for real and financial assets. The past two decades have witnessed an unprecedented series of theoretical and empirical advances in our understanding of these markets, with major breakthroughs in portfolio theory, capital asset pricing under uncertainty, valuation of options, response of security prices to new information and corporate financial behaviour. The practical implications of these breakthroughs, commonly known as modern financial theory, are widely recognised and implemented by Wall Street and corporate practitioners. This unit exposes you to the main theoretical and empirical literature in financial economics.

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

  1. generate research ideas and develop research questions
  2. identify and critically analyse relevant literature
  3. undertake empirical analysis using correct analytical techniques
  4. discuss coherently, logically and in a scholarly manner the findings of research activities
  5. reflect on findings of analysis, justifying judgements and decisions
  6. make recommendations based on analysis of information and data
  7. develop structured arguments.
  • Assignment 1 — Spreadsheet Exercise (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Essay (30%)
  • Journal — Reflective (40%)

Recommended prerequisites

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

  • Broadband access

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.

1The Global Financial Crisis (GFC)
2Asset Pricing
3Mathematical Finance
4Stock Mispricing
5The Black-Scholes Model of Option Pricing
6Corporate Finance
8Behavioural Corporate Finance

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links
  • Wikis

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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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