Learning and Teaching Activities
There are 3 hours of face-to-face teaching per week consisting of 1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial. The schedule of lecture and tutorial class times is available at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au
Lectures will be held weekly. No lecture will be held in week 10 but see above for the In Class Test in that week. Lecture notes will be available in the week of the lecture, at the iLearn weekly tabs.
Tutorials will be held weekly, commencing in Week 1. No tutorials are scheduled for Week 10. Tutorials are considered compulsory but no marks are allocated. Attendance will be recorded and may be considered in instances where applications are made for withdrawal without penalty.
Tutorial enrolment or change of tutorial can be made through eStudent in the first two weeks of the semester. No tutorial changes are allowed after Week 2. Students should check on eStudent for their tutorial room, especially as tutorial room allocations may have been changed since time of enrolment. Students should attend their allocated tutorial, but exceptions may occur on a one-off basis. That is, where circumstances prevent you attending your own tutorial in a given week, you may attend an alternative tutorial if a seat is available (sign the attendance record for that alternative tutorial).
Students are expected to complete the ‘Tutorial Questions’ as a self-directed study activity before attending a tutorial. Solutions will be posted after the week in which the questions are discussed. Additional learning support will be available in tutor consultation times, and in PAL sessions.
Parino, R. et al. 2018. Fundamentals of Corporate Finance (Australian 3rd Ed.). Milton, QLD: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
e-text version (cheapest): ISBN 978-0-7303-5517-5 https://www.wileydirect.com.au/buy/fundamentals-of-corporate-finance-3rd-edition/
Hardcopy alternative: ISBN 978-0-7303-6346-0
The university library also has licences that enable FREE online access to the text (with limited page printing allowance per logon). See iLearn.
Note: This textbook is only a recommendation for students that want to read in more depth. It is NOT a requirement that students use this text.
Technology Used and Required
A calculator will be required during the Week 10 In Class Test (ICT), and the Final Examination. Note: students are expected to clearly show all steps (working) in their solutions to 'calculation' questions.
Non-programmable calculators with no text-retrieval functionality are permitted. Calculators that have a full alphabet on the keyboard are not permitted. Graphics calculators are not permitted. Calculators need the following minimum functionality: xy or ^, 1/x and log or ln functions, and a memory. Non-programmable financial calculators are permitted but it is not a requirement to use a financial calculator.
Students are assumed to already be familiar with the basic operation of their calculator prior to the start of this unit.
Prior to the start of this unit, students are expected to be familiar at least with the basic operation of their computing device, ensuring the device is Wi-Fi enabled to access lecture activities in 'real-time'.
Students should have access to Excel 2013 (or more recent), or equivalent software that can output .xlsx files. Further, students are expected to have viewed the 'Excel Tutorials' in iLearn 'Kick-Start' by the end of Week 1. Excel will be used in lectures and tutorials from Week 1. An Excel assignment is part of the assessment. A review of Excel fundamentals and time value of money functionality is scheduled for the Week 4 lecture. We strongly recommend students to engage with Excel from Week 1. Students should refer to iLearn for links to obtain free access to Excel software.
Knowledge of Maths
A background of at least HSC General Mathematics or equivalent numerical competency is assumed. A small self-diagnostic online Maths Revision exercise is available on iLearn. The self-diagnostic exercise is not assessable itself, (although Assessable Quiz 1 questions include coverage of similar questions), but may assist in providing an indication of your understanding of the type of mathematics functions we will use in the unit. Students requiring assistance with the unit's mathematical elements throughout the term may consult with the Numeracy Centre team during appointed hours (no appointment needed).