This course will be delivered in a blended learning environment. The traditional approach of turning up to the lecture and expecting to take notes from the lecturer does not apply to this course. The presentation slides of the course material are released in advance for you to read and study prior to attending the class. Class time is devoted to learning activities to link the concepts from the textbook with market practice. You are advised to bring your portable devices (preferably a notebook rather than a smartphone, or a device with a keyboard) to all classes to ensure you can participate in the activities.
During the scheduled lecture time, you will be provided a short overview of the key concepts that are covered for the week. The remaining time will be devoted to in-class activities. This may involve online research, group discussions and performing analyses of the financial markets, as well as answering quiz questions to consolidate your knowledge. You are expected to take notes after class and reflect on what you have learnt.
Similarly, for the scheduled tutorials, you will use this time to check your homework exercises and to take the opportunity to clarify any misunderstandings you may have. From Week 3 onwards, a proportion of the class time will be set aside for student presentations. Those who are not presenting are encouraged to ask questions and to provide comments to allow a dialogue to occur.
In summary, your success in this course will be dependent on the amount of input you contribute to your own learning and that of your peers. Attending classes expecting to passively absorb information conveyed to you will result in less enjoyment and you run the risk of performing below your expectations.
Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials
Principles of Managerial Finance, 6th edition. Gitman, Juchau and Flanagan, Pearson Australia, 2011.
Financial Management: Principles and Applications, 7th edition. Titman, Martin, Keown and Martin, Pearson Australia, 2016.
Technology Used and Required
You may use a calculator in the class test and in the final examination provided it is portable, silent and battery operated, but you must show clearly the steps involved in every calculation. You may NOT use any calculators that have a text-retrieval capacity, whether or not they have a full alphabet on the keyboard. Calculators may be checked at the commencement of the class test and final exam, and the make/model may be recorded.
You are strongly advised to submit most of your work in typed format, preferably in a PDF document. For tasks requiring substantial mathematical working, you may either choose to use MS Equation Editor or to submit a handwritten version of your attempt.
Much of the work that institutions and businesses do in practice involve the use of spreadsheets and other software packages. The increasing role of data in decision-making further emphasises the need for you to become familiar and confident with using such software to perform tasks you will encounter in future. In-class activities will be designed to allow you to develop your MS Excel skills in solving problems. These skills may be tested to a limited extent in the class test and examination. While you will be working with MS Excel and other software packages to solve more sophisticated problems involving data in class, you are required to demonstrate how calculations are performed using pen and paper in the class test and examination.