For campus students:
- A 2-hour lecture will be held each week.
- A 1-hour tutorial / computer laboratory session will be held each week, commencing on week 2 of the session.
For distance students:
- All lecture and tutorial exercises and solutions will be available on iLearn.
- The timetable for classes can be found on the University web site at: https://timetables.mq.edu.au/2017
Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials Prescribed
There is no specific required text for this unit. Detailed lecture materials are provided. However the following books are useful references:
- Capital budgeting: Financial appraisals of investment projects by Dayananda et al (ISBN 0 521 52098 3).
- Financial Modeling by Simon Beninga (ISBN 0 262 02482 9).
Technology Used and Required
You will be required to use the teaching website, Excel and Word.
Unit Web Page
Course material is available on the learning management system (iLearn). To access the teaching website, go to http://ilearn.mq.edu.au and login using your usual login and password.
Teaching and Learning Activities
- The unit is taught via lectures, tutorial exercises and the use of spreadsheet software for implementing models and calculations for the purpose of financial decision making.
- Each lecture is self-contained and structured according to the summary provided in the “weekly curriculum” section below. Students are expected to read the relevant lecture notes prior to the lecture, so that they are familiar with the material to be covered. This will greatly enhance your learning experience.
- Dealing with advanced material in our subject area requires a range of generic skills. This unit aims at developing such skills. The lectures and in particular the assignments and tutorial exercises are tailored to enhance critical analysis, problem-solving and creative thinking, comprehension, computing and writing skills.
- You should take the time to work on the problem sets, since they will tend to be similar in nature to the problems you see on the test and exam. Solutions will be provided.
- We cover many examples of financial valuation and decision making problems and how to solve these using spreadsheets. Our approach is one of learning by example and by practising using excel to solve financial decision making problems.