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AFCP8101 – Financial System, Participants and Instruments

2021 – Term 4, Infrequent attendance, City

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Some classes/teaching activities cannot be moved online and must be taught on campus. You should already know if you are in one of these classes/teaching activities and your unit convenor will provide you with more information via iLearn. If you want to confirm, see the list of units with mandatory on-campus classes/teaching activities.

Visit the MQ COVID-19 information page for more detail.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Shane Magee
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Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to Master of Applied Finance or Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit assesses the structure, instruments and participants in the Financial System. It covers the theory and practical application of financial instruments including debt, equity, hybrids and derivatives. It also articulates the roles and objectives of participants in the system, social contracts and regulation.

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: Evaluate concepts and models used by various financial market participants and apply relevant concepts and models to meet participants needs and actual business situations.
  • ULO2: Assess financial products and instruments and construct sound and justifiable solutions that meet the requirements of financial market participants.
  • ULO3: Develop solutions for financing issues using appropriate models and financial data sources.

General Assessment Information

Assessment criteria (including information about late submissions and extensions) for all assessment tasks will be provided on the unit iLearn site.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Assignment 40% No 7 Nov
Class activities 20% No Online quizzes due: 26 Sep, 3 Oct, 10 Oct, 17 Oct, 12 Nov
Final assessment 40% No University examination period

Assignment

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: 7 Nov
Weighting: 40%

 

Assessment of finance transactions. Individual task up to 4,000 words.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Assess financial products and instruments and construct sound and justifiable solutions that meet the requirements of financial market participants.
  • Develop solutions for financing issues using appropriate models and financial data sources.

Class activities

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Online quizzes due: 26 Sep, 3 Oct, 10 Oct, 17 Oct, 12 Nov
Weighting: 20%

 

Tasks set with online classes including quizzes, online or recorded presentations, learning portfolio, analytical tasks and participation.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Evaluate concepts and models used by various financial market participants and apply relevant concepts and models to meet participants needs and actual business situations.
  • Assess financial products and instruments and construct sound and justifiable solutions that meet the requirements of financial market participants.

Final assessment

Assessment Type 1: Practice-based task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: University examination period
Weighting: 40%

 

A time-constrained task based on scenarios.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Evaluate concepts and models used by various financial market participants and apply relevant concepts and models to meet participants needs and actual business situations.
  • Assess financial products and instruments and construct sound and justifiable solutions that meet the requirements of financial market participants.
  • Develop solutions for financing issues using appropriate models and financial data sources.

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

Recommended Text

McDonald, R.L., 2013, Derivatives Markets, Pearson New International Edition, 3rd Edition, Pearson, ISBN 9781292021256

The Pearson New International Edition is based on the U.S. 3rd Edition ISBN 9781292021256

For information on textbook prices and online ordering, please refer to Pearson’s at https://www.pearson.com.au/products/detail?isbn=9781292021256

 

 

Useful References

Bodie, Z., Kane, A., and Marcus, A.J., 2014,  Investments, 11th edition, McGraw Hill.

McDonald, R.L., 2009, Fundamentals of Derivatives Markets, Pearson.

Viney, C., and Phillips, P.J., 2019, Financial Institutions, Instruments & Markets.

 

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 blended unit where students need to complete assigned activities before live Zoom sessions and block teaching. Students participate in this unit by: (a) Actively engaging with the videos and 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

Schedule 

Week Topic Session Details
1 Introduction

Zoom webinar: 22 Sep 7:00pm - 8:30pm

2 Valuation, risk and return

Zoom webinar: 29 Sep 7:00pm - 8:30pm

3 The building block financial instruments

Zoom webinar: 6 Oct 7:00pm - 8:30pm

4 Pricing forwards, futures and options

Zoom webinar: 13 Oct 7:00pm - 8:30pm

5 Applications and further option pricing

Block Weekend: 23 Oct 10:00am - 3:00pm; 24 Oct 10:00am - 3:00pm 

Attendance: Online via Zoom

6 Assignment preparation

Zoom webinar: 27 Oct 7:00pm - 8:30pm

7 Debt and swap markets: Introduction

Zoom webinar: 3 Nov 7:00pm - 8:30pm

8 Debt and swap markets: Applications

Block Weekend: 13 Nov 10:00am - 3:00pm; 14 Nov 10:00am - 3:00pm  

Attendance: Online via Zoom

9 Revision   
10 Revision

Zoom webinar: 24 Nov 7:00pm - 8:30pm

11 Exam week  

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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.

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).

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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

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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.

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Changes since First Published

Date Description
23/08/2021 Attendance for block weekends changed to online via Zoom.