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ACST8029 – Capital Budgeting and Financial Modelling

2021 – Session 1, Infrequent attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Colin Zhang
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
ACST603 or ACST6003 or admission to MActPrac
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit covers established methods for the valuation and appraisal of investment projects and related financial decisions. It also covers the new 'real options approach' to investment appraisal, including the application of exotic options pricing formulae to real options using Microsoft Excel to build financial models, and introducing students to Visual Basic/Excel macros for financial modelling.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Understand current established methods for the valuation and appraisal of investment projects, their advantages and disadvantages and the development of financial models for this purpose.
  • ULO2: Build the financial models and perform the calculations to implement these methods using microsoft excel.
  • ULO3: Demonstrate an introductory understanding of the “real options approach” to investment appraisal.
  • ULO4: Document a financial decision making problem and its solution using spreadsheet software and communicate the results to interested stakeholders.

General Assessment Information

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 and extensions

Tasks 10% or less – No extensions will be granted. Students who have not submitted the task prior to the deadline will be awarded a mark of 0 for the task, except for cases in which an application for special consideration is made and approved.

Tasks above 10% - No extensions will be granted. There will be a deduction of 10% of the total available marks made from the total awarded mark for each 24 hour period or part thereof that the submission is late (for example, 25 hours late in submission – 20% penalty). This penalty does not apply for cases in which an application for special consideration is made and approved. No submission will be accepted after solutions have been posted.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Assignment 1 20% No Week 5
Class test 10% No Week 7
Final Exam 50% No Exam period
Assignment 2 20% No Week 10

Assignment 1

Assessment Type 1: Modelling task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Week 5
Weighting: 20%

 

This is an individual assignment which focuses on building financial models and performing the calculations to implement these methods using an Excel spreadsheet.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Understand current established methods for the valuation and appraisal of investment projects, their advantages and disadvantages and the development of financial models for this purpose.
  • Build the financial models and perform the calculations to implement these methods using microsoft excel.
  • Document a financial decision making problem and its solution using spreadsheet software and communicate the results to interested stakeholders.

Class test

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 13 hours
Due: Week 7
Weighting: 10%

 

The class test will be 60 minutes open-book written paper with no reading time, to be held during the lecture time.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Understand current established methods for the valuation and appraisal of investment projects, their advantages and disadvantages and the development of financial models for this purpose.

Final Exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 28 hours
Due: Exam period
Weighting: 50%

 

The final examination will be a 2 hour examination with ten minutes reading time.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Understand current established methods for the valuation and appraisal of investment projects, their advantages and disadvantages and the development of financial models for this purpose.
  • Build the financial models and perform the calculations to implement these methods using microsoft excel.
  • Demonstrate an introductory understanding of the “real options approach” to investment appraisal.

Assignment 2

Assessment Type 1: Modelling task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Week 10
Weighting: 20%

 

This is an individual assignment which focuses on building financial models and performing the calculations to implement these methods using an Excel spreadsheet.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Build the financial models and perform the calculations to implement these methods using microsoft excel.
  • Demonstrate an introductory understanding of the “real options approach” to investment appraisal.
  • Document a financial decision making problem and its solution using spreadsheet software and communicate the results to interested stakeholders.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Classes

  • A 3-hour lecture / tutorial will be held each week.
  • All lecture and tutorial exercises and solutions will be available on iLearn.

Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials Prescribed

Textbooks:

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.

Unit Schedule

Week

Lecture

Topics

1

1

Introduction to excel, introductory financial mathematics & functions. Translating mathematical formulae into excel code. Application to pricing bonds and bills. Excel implementation.

2

2

Further topics in financial mathematics.  Amortizing loans, annuities, leases & bonds. Excel implementation.

3

3

Introduction to capital budgeting. Project cashflows and methods for their estimation.

4

4

Elementary methods of forecasting. Matrix algebra and applications. Implementation in excel.

5

5

Project appraisal using NPV, IRR, ARR, PP and other methods. Excel implementation

6

6

Methods for estimating model parameters, Sensitivity and breakeven analysis. Case Studies

7

7

mid semester exam

8

8

Introduction to options and valuation via the Black Scholes model.

9

9

Binomial option pricing methods and implementation in excel.

10

10

Monte Carlo simulation modelling and financial applications.

11

11

The "real options approach" to valuation of projects.

12

12

Case Studies

13

13

Case Studies and revision

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