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AFIN3010 – Issues in Applied Finance

2021 – Session 1, Special circumstances

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

To check the availability of face-to-face and online activities for your unit, please go to timetable viewer. To check detailed information on unit assessments visit your unit's iLearn space or consult your unit convenor.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
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Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
10cp in ACST or AFIN units at 3000 level
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit gives students the opportunity to test how their finance skills can be applied in practice by exposure to leading industry professionals. The topics selected go beyond traditional corporate and investment finance, and include coverage of the latest issues and real world scenarios. Students will learn first hand from practitioners on current and future trends and skills required in finance to prepare them as they embark on their careers in the industry. The projects completed in the unit are carefully set in conjunction with the industry professionals, giving students the opportunity to show evidence of demonstrated learning and the application of finance knowledge from a broader perspective.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Apply theories and techniques in finance and be aware of the assumptions and limitations in practice.
  • ULO2: Evaluate the real world business applications of financial concepts.
  • ULO3: Work cooperatively in a group to conduct analysis and report the findings and recommendations.
  • ULO4: Develop good understanding of contemporary developments in the financial sector.

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
Individual Assignment 25% No Week 5
Group Assignment 25% No Week 7
Online Quiz 0% No week 8
Final Examination 50% No Final Exam Period

Individual Assignment

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 12 hours
Due: Week 5
Weighting: 25%

 

The assignment will cover quantitative and qualitative analysis of a finance scenario or problem. Student will be required to submit a report of 1000 to 2000 words.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply theories and techniques in finance and be aware of the assumptions and limitations in practice.
  • Evaluate the real world business applications of financial concepts.
  • Develop good understanding of contemporary developments in the financial sector.

Group Assignment

Assessment Type 1: Project
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 7
Weighting: 25%

 

The assignment will cover quantitative and qualitative analysis of a finance scenario or problem. Student will be required to work in a group and produce a report of 1500 to 2000 words.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply theories and techniques in finance and be aware of the assumptions and limitations in practice.
  • Evaluate the real world business applications of financial concepts.
  • Work cooperatively in a group to conduct analysis and report the findings and recommendations.

Online Quiz

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 0.5 hours
Due: week 8
Weighting: 0%

 

The online quiz will consist of 5 to 10 multiple choice and / or short answer questions and will be available on iLearn. Please use the quiz result as an indicator of whether you are progressing satisfactorily in the unit.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply theories and techniques in finance and be aware of the assumptions and limitations in practice.

Final Examination

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Final Exam Period
Weighting: 50%

 

An open book online exam of 2 hours will be held during the University Examination Period.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply theories and techniques in finance and be aware of the assumptions and limitations in practice.
  • Evaluate the real world business applications of financial concepts.
  • Develop good understanding of contemporary developments in the financial sector.

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

No prescribed textbook required

Unit Schedule

Week

Lecturer

Topic

 

Week 1

Mahjabeen Zaman

An overview of risks within the investments industry

 

Senior Investment Specialist - Citi Australia

Week 2

Mahjabeen Zaman

Investment Trends in Wealth Management ES

 

Week 3

Richard Lawson

Quantitative investing – Part 1

Co-founder of InterValley Ventures an Australian venture capital firm

Week 4

Richard Lawson 

Quantitative investing – Part 2

 

Week 5

Hamid Yahyaei

Applied Fixed Income Analysis

Specialised Lecturer & Senior Research Assistant 

 

Week 6

Hamid Yahyaei

Macro-Financial Analysis 

 

Week 7

Frank Li 

Multi Asset Portfolio Construction

Portfolio Manager at MLC Super Fund

Week 8

David Beaton

Financial Modelling 1

Investment Director at John Laing an international originator, active investor and manager of infrastructure projects.

Week 9

David Beaton

Financial Modelling 2

 

Week 10

Anthony  Passe-de silva

Business and Industry Analysis

Solutions Developer at ANZ

Week 11

Mark Hancock

Equity Analysis - 1

Managing Director of Precept Investment Actuaries Pty Ltd

Week12

Mark Hancock

Equity Analysis - 2

 

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Results

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Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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