|Unit convenor and teaching staff||
Unit convenor and teaching staff
This is an introductory unit in finance and is a core part of the first year knowledge base in most programs. Students will examine the Australian financial system as well as an introduction to financial mathematics and the pricing of financial instruments. They will also learn about financial institutions, financial markets, and risk and regulation. Students will develop spreadsheet skills in finance which is a critical employment skill.
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
Assessment criteria for all assessment tasks will be provided on the unit iLearn site.
It is the responsibility of students to view their marks for each within-session-assessment on iLearn within 20 days of posting. If there are any discrepancies, students must contact the unit convenor immediately. Failure to do so will mean that queries received after the release of final results regarding assessment tasks (not including the final exam mark) will not be addressed.
Late submissions of assessments
Sometimes unavoidable circumstances occur that might prevent you from submitting an assessment on time and, in that case, you may be eligible to lodge a Special Consideration request.
Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, please note that no extensions to assessment deadlines will be granted. Assessments that are submitted late will attract a late penalty:
|Online Quizzes||17%||No||Various, see iLearn for details|
|Team Based Learning Task||8%||No||Week 6, see iLearn for details|
|Excel Assignment||10%||No||Week 7, see iLearn for details|
|Assignment||5%||No||Session break, see iLearn for details|
|Online Exam||60%||No||University Examination Period|
Online quizzes will be held weekly. Students are given a single attempt at each quiz.
iLearn quizzes and forum posts
The Excel Assignment requires students to use an Excel spreadsheet to solve basic finance problems.
Students will be given a set of questions which they will need to complete, scan, and upload to iLearn.
The final examination will be an open book online exam, to be held during the University Examination period.
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2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation
The content for each week will comprise of a lecture recording, a live lecture review session, and a set of tutorial questions (Problem Sets).
Please note that tutorials will only be offered in selected weeks throughout the session. The schedule of lecture and tutorial class times is available at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au. More details will be available on iLearn. It is the responsibility of individual students to stay up to date with the material.
A lecture recording will be uploaded to ECHO at the start of each week. Lecture notes will be available in the week of the lecture, in the iLearn weekly tabs.
Each topic will be accompanied by a live lecture review session in the following week delivered via Zoom (see iLearn for details). These sessions will further explore the ideas introduced in the lecture, as well as provide students an opportunity to ask specific questions relating to the associated lecture. Further details will be provided on iLearn.
Students will need to register for a tutorial. Tutorials are considered compulsory but no marks are allocated for attendance/participation. Tutorials will be available for most, but not all weeks of the session. Please see the tutorial schedule available on iLearn.
Tutorial enrolment or change of tutorial can be made through eStudent in the first two weeks of the session. No tutorial changes are allowed after Week 2. 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 room available. Do NOT email the unit convenor or any member of the teaching team regarding changing of registered tutorials. We are unable to do this for you.
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
Note: The textbook is not considered strictly necessary for the unit. It is highly recommended that students interested in purchasing the textbook first try the digital version available FREE from the university library (with limited page printing allowance per logon). See the university library website here for more details. A newer fourth edition is also available.
A calculator will be required for the various calculations throughout the session, and for the Final Examination. Note: As a general rule, students are expected to clearly show all steps/working in their solutions to 'calculation' questions.
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 expected to by Week 1 be familiar at least with the basic operation of their calculator.
Students are expected to by Week 1 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 software (version 2013 or more recent), and are expected to in Week 1 have viewed the 'Excel Tutorials' in iLearn 'Kick-Start'. Excel will be used in lectures and tutorials from Week 1. An excel assignment is part of the assessment for this unit. A review of Excel fundamentals and time value of money functionality is scheduled for the Week 5 lecture. We strongly recommend students engage with Excel from Week 1.
See https://students.mq.edu.au/support/technology/service-desk/office-365 for instructions on how to get your free copy of Microsoft Office.
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, 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). Students without HSC General Mathematics or equivalent, are best advised to not undertake ACST1001 until completing a math unit (MATH1000 or ECON1031).
Please refer to iLearn
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Unit information based on version 2021.03 of the Handbook