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ECON2035 – The Economics of Financial Institutions

2021 – Session 2, Special circumstances

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 Unit Convenor and Lecturer
Ha Vu
Contact via ha.vu@mq.edu.au
4 Eastern Road, room 426, ext: 8499
Check ilearn for the update
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
50cp at 1000 level or above including ECON110 or ECON111 or ECON1020
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit provides an overview of the Australian and global financial systems and the management of financial institutions. Topics may include: the objectives and performance of financial institutions; risks and their controls; asset and liability management; credit evaluation; capital adequacy and regulations; informal money lenders and microfinance institutions; and shadow banking. The unit pays particular attention to the events and circumstances that, in recent times, have caused great difficulties in the financial sector, as well as the lessons learnt as a consequence.

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 describe aspects in the operation and management of banks, and other types of financial institutions.
  • ULO2: Identify, define and analyse problems associated with financial markets and recommend creative solutions within real-world constraints.
  • ULO3: Demonstrate a capacity to work independently, including the ability to research, form challenging and coherent arguments, and write short-discussion pieces.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Weekly Online Discussion 20% No Weekly starting Week 2
Online Test 1 30% No Week 7 Tuesday 7 September 2021
Final Examination (online) 50% No University Examination Period

Weekly Online Discussion

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: Weekly starting Week 2
Weighting: 20%

 

Every week, students are required to post their response to the discussion question in iLearn.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify and describe aspects in the operation and management of banks, and other types of financial institutions.
  • Identify, define and analyse problems associated with financial markets and recommend creative solutions within real-world constraints.
  • Demonstrate a capacity to work independently, including the ability to research, form challenging and coherent arguments, and write short-discussion pieces.

Online Test 1

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 3 hours
Due: Week 7 Tuesday 7 September 2021
Weighting: 30%

 

A one-hour test will be held in week 7.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify and describe aspects in the operation and management of banks, and other types of financial institutions.
  • Identify, define and analyse problems associated with financial markets and recommend creative solutions within real-world constraints.

Final Examination (online)

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

 

A two-hour online examination (open book) will be held during the University Examination period.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify and describe aspects in the operation and management of banks, and other types of financial institutions.
  • Demonstrate a capacity to work independently, including the ability to research, form challenging and coherent arguments, and write short-discussion pieces.

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

Each week, there will be a pre-recorded lecture posted on the unit iLearn page, along with the lecture slides.

Starting in Week 2, there will be one-hour tutorial class (via zoom) on Tuesday 11am-12 to discuss questions regarding the lecture topics.

All materials for the unit, such as pre-recording lectures, lecture notes, readings, and discussion questions will be available to students on the unit iLearn site at http://ilearn.mq.edu.au. Students are strongly encouraged to check the unit iLearn page weekly for announcements as well as the unit schedule, additional readings, assessment information, and discussion questions.

There is no prescribed textbook for Econ2035. You are highly recommended to check ilearn regularly for the updates of readings posted. 

Recommended Texts and/or Materials

(i) Kidwell, D. et al. 2019, Financial Markets, Institutions and Money (4th edn), Australian Edition, John Wiley & Sons Australia.

(ii) Madura, J. 2018, Financial Markets and Institutions (12th edn), Cengage Learning, 

(iii) Calomiris and Haber, 2014, Fragile by Design - The political origins of banking crises and scarce credit

Other useful resources: 

www.wsj.com

www.ft.com

www.bloomberg.com

www.theeconomist.com

www.rba.gov.au

www.bis.org

Technology Used and Required

iLearn; i-Lecture

Unit Schedule

Throughout the session, we will be looking at the following 10 topics: 

1

 An Overview of Financial Institutions, Risks and Regulations

2

The Theoretical Rationale of Financial Institutions

3

Liabilities Management

4

Credit risk Management

5

Securities Portfolio Management

6

Interest Rate Risk Management

7

Liquidity Management

8

Capital Management

9

Financial Institutions in Less Developed countries

10

Managing Financial Crises

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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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