Principles of Finance - 2018

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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 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 3
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1 , Sess 3
  • Assessment: Assignment - Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3 (20%) , Essay - Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4 (30%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 4,200.00
International 4,450.00

This unit was previously known as Financial Economics.

This unit is designed to provide you with the techniques and principles underlying theory of corporate finance. You will examine a number of different financial areas and apply various financial concepts. You will assess projects to determine which of them have the best potential payoff, manage investments, value stocks and analyse the risk and return paradigm.

On successful completion of this unit you will:

  • CLO1: Identify the nature and key components of financial systems both domestically and globally 
  • CLO2: Apply the concepts of time value of money to various valuation models including debts and equities 
  • CLO3: Illustrate the concept of diversification and examine the impact on the risk and return relationship 
  • CLO4: Analyse the characteristics and functions of arbitrage and derivatives and how they are applied to risk management strategies 
  • CLO5: Explore the features of equity derivatives and evaluate how they work for investors.
  • Assignment — Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3 (20%)
  • Essay — Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4 (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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

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This unit addresses the following topics.

2A short history of stock markets
3The time value of money
4Market debt, interest rates and bond valuation
5The valuation of equity shares
6Shareholders' required rate of return
7Accounting statements and ratio analysis
8Financial leverage
9Currency exchange rates
10Derivative instruments (futures and options)
11Hedging (speculating on) currency risk

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

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  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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