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ACST2001 – Financial Modelling

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 Lecturer
Sachi Purcal
Contact via acst2001@mq.edu.au
4EaR 728
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
50cp at 1000 level or above including [(ACST101 or ACST1001) and (STAT150 or STAT1250 or STAT170 or STAT1170 or STAT171 or STAT1371)]
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit explores some basic concepts of finance, in particular: price; yield; the relationship between price and yield; interest rate risk; reinvestment risk; duration and its uses; volatility; the contingent payments approach; arbitrage pricing theory; pricing forwards; futures and options. To achieve understanding, this unit uses financial mathematics (the techniques learned in ACST1001 are developed further here) to analyse transactions involving commonly used financial instruments in the context of the markets in which they are traded. At the same time, students develop skills in solving problems; in explaining financial ideas in simple language; in constructing spreadsheet models; and in working as part of a team. A range of assessment tasks are provided, some to generate feedback on how well the understanding and skills are developing, and others to determine the standard of understanding and skills attained.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Apply the basic concepts and principles of financial analysis into solving financial problems.
  • ULO2: Design Excel spreadsheets to solve basic problems in financial analysis.
  • ULO3: Appraise the work of others in the field of financial analysis.
  • ULO4: Construct a solution to a problem in financial analysis as part of a team.

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
Take-home Quizzes 20% No 16/3/21 and 11/5/21
Spreadsheet Project Task 20% No 4/5/21
Online Exam 60% No Exam period

Take-home Quizzes

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: 16/3/21 and 11/5/21
Weighting: 20%

 

You will use the quiz links on iLearn to complete two take-home quizzes.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply the basic concepts and principles of financial analysis into solving financial problems.
  • Appraise the work of others in the field of financial analysis.

Spreadsheet Project Task

Assessment Type 1: Quantitative analysis task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: 4/5/21
Weighting: 20%

 

There are two components (an individual task and a group spreadsheet task). You will need to submit the tasks via iLearn.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply the basic concepts and principles of financial analysis into solving financial problems.
  • Design Excel spreadsheets to solve basic problems in financial analysis.
  • Appraise the work of others in the field of financial analysis.
  • Construct a solution to a problem in financial analysis as part of a team.

Online Exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 28 hours
Due: Exam period
Weighting: 60%

 

The final examination will be an open book online exam, to be held during the University Examination period.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply the basic concepts and principles of financial analysis into solving financial problems.
  • Design Excel spreadsheets to solve basic problems in financial analysis.
  • Appraise the work of others in the field of financial analysis.
  • Construct a solution to a problem in financial analysis as part of a team.

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

Calculators

You may use a calculator in the class tests and at the final exam provided that it is portable, silent and battery operated, but you must show clearly the steps involved in every calculation. In the final exam you may NOT use any calculators that have a text-retrieval capacity, whether or not they have a full alphabet on the keyboard. Calculators may be checked at the commencement of the final exam, and the make/model may be recorded.

Software

Many of the problems you will encounter in this unit can be solved easily with the spreadsheet program, Excel. You can use this spreadsheet program to verify your solutions to many of the problems you are solving. You will need to use Excel to do the Group Spreadsheet Project.

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Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

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Results

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