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AFCP6017 – Case Studies in Applied Finance

2021 – Term 2, Fully online/virtual

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
Lindesay Brine
Contact via Email
Paul Marevich
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to GradCertFin or GradDipAppFin or MAppFin or MAppFin(Adv)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
The unit provides an understanding of the finance industry and its integral role in the modern economy. The focus is on a high level, fully integrated overview of the major participants, their roles, interactions and the purpose they endeavour to fill for all stakeholders in the economy. The key structures of the finance system are examined, and how they usually work and sometimes do not work. Case studies of actual events and participants will be used to provide a sense of the application of finance in the real world - what actually happens as well as what should happen.

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: Identify and assess the functions of the financial system in modern economies.
  • ULO2: Critically examine participants and their markets in the finance industry.
  • ULO3: Apply knowledge and skills to assess contemporary case studies in applied finance.
  • ULO4: Demonstrate effective communication to diverse audiences across different industry sectors.

General Assessment Information

Information - Extension Requests / Penalties

Online Participation (15%)

Students who do not participate receive a mark of zero. This penalty does not apply in cases where an application for Special Consideration has been made and approved.

Further information on submitting an Application for Special Consideration can be found at https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-consideration

 

Online Quizzes (10%)

You are expected to make yourself available for assessment during the relevant quiz window.

Students who do not submit this task by the due date and time receive a result of zero. This penalty does not apply when an application for Special Consideration has been made and approved. 

Students who do not attempt the quiz receive a mark of zero. This penalty does not apply in cases where an application for Special Consideration has been made and approved.

Further information on submitting an Application for Special Consideration can be found at https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-consideration

 

Short Exercises (15%), Assignment (25%) and Final Case Study (35%)

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 incurs a 20% penalty). This penalty does not apply for cases in which an application for Special Consideration is made and approved.

Late submissions will be accepted up to 96 hours after the due date and time.

Further information on submitting an Application for Special Consideration can be found at https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-consideration

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Online Participation 15% No In iLearn
Online Quizzes 10% No In iLearn
Short Exercises 15% No In iLearn
Assignment 25% No In iLearn
Final Case Study 35% No In iLearn

Online Participation

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 32.00 hours
Due: In iLearn
Weighting: 15%

Participation in online discussion forums


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify and assess the functions of the financial system in modern economies.
  • Apply knowledge and skills to assess contemporary case studies in applied finance.

Online Quizzes

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 3.00 hours
Due: In iLearn
Weighting: 10%

A number of short online topic quizzes


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify and assess the functions of the financial system in modern economies.
  • Critically examine participants and their markets in the finance industry.

Short Exercises

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10.00 hours
Due: In iLearn
Weighting: 15%

Short analytical tasks on financial system topics involving modelling and/or case study analysis


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify and assess the functions of the financial system in modern economies.
  • Critically examine participants and their markets in the finance industry.

Assignment

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15.00 hours
Due: In iLearn
Weighting: 25%

Analysis of an individual case study topic and presentation of conclusions via a paper of up to 2500 words


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify and assess the functions of the financial system in modern economies.
  • Critically examine participants and their markets in the finance industry.
  • Apply knowledge and skills to assess contemporary case studies in applied finance.
  • Demonstrate effective communication to diverse audiences across different industry sectors.

Final Case Study

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15.00 hours
Due: In iLearn
Weighting: 35%

Using a topical case study analyse and interpret information for presentation to a varied audience


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify and assess the functions of the financial system in modern economies.
  • Critically examine participants and their markets in the finance industry.
  • Apply knowledge and skills to assess contemporary case studies in applied finance.
  • Demonstrate effective communication to diverse audiences across different industry sectors.

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

REQUIRED AND RECOMMENDED TEXTS AND/OR MATERIALS

Required Text:

There is no required text. All readings are available in iLearn or accessible via iLearn.

Additional Readings:

  • Additional readings are included in iLearn.
  • Students should assume these readings are examinable unless otherwise advised.

Calculators:

  • No calculator is required for this course.

Assumed Access: Access to a computer with word processing and spreadsheet capability is assumed, as is general student computer literacy and ability to access the internet.

 

TECHNOLOGY USED AND REQUIRED

This is an online unit which will make use of the University's iLearn system.

Unit's iLearn Site:

  • Found by logging on to iLearn ilearn.mq.edu.au, then clicking on Case Studies in Applied Finance.
  • This is where you will find forums, downloadable resources and links to important pages.
  • The forums allow you to communicate with other students and lecturer(s) and may provide supplementary material.
  • You are requested to post your questions on the forums at least 24 hours prior to the assignment submission date or the examination date. Questions posted after that time may not be answered. Please try to not leave your questions to the last few days.

Important Notice:

  • It is important that you familiarise yourself with the unit’s iLearn site.
  • All students should check iLearn regularly and look for updates and distribution of materials related to the unit or assessments and participate in forum discussions.

Unit Schedule

The Unit Schedule is available in iLearn, together with details of required readings and activities.

 

Learning and Teaching Activities

Strategy

Programs in the Applied Finance Centre adopt a deep teaching and learning strategy in which students acquire and retain knowledge and also are able to make sense of the issues and concepts and apply them in the “real world”. The program relies heavily on student engagement and participation by: (a) Continuous learning throughout the term. This is encouraged through a combination of students undertaking prescribed reading throughout the units and/or completion  of practice problems, online activities, case studies, assignments, class discussions, etc and interaction via forums; and (b) Assessments, which enable the student to demonstrate his/her understanding of the learning objectives achieved through the continuous learning.

Student Participation

This is an online unit. Students participate in this unit by: (a) Actively engaging with the required readings of this unit; (b) Working systematically through and completing online activities; (c) Interacting in forums; and (d) Completing all assessment tasks.

Unit Schedule

The Unit Schedule is available in iLearn, together with details of required readings and activities.

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

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.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

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.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.