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ECON2035 – The Economics of Financial Institutions

2022 – Session 2, Online-scheduled-weekday

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
Tuesday 11-12 and by appointment
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.

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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.

General Assessment Information

Late Assessment Submission Penalty (written assessments) 

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, a 5% penalty (of the total possible mark) will be applied each day a written assessment is not submitted, up until the 7th day (including weekends). After the 7th day, a grade of ‘0’ will be awarded even if the assessment is submitted. Submission time for all written assessments is set at 11.55pm. A 1-hour grace period is provided to students who experience a technical concern.  

For any late submissions of time-sensitive tasks, such as scheduled tests/exams, performance assessments/presentations, and/or scheduled practical assessments/labs, students need to submit an application for Special Consideration.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Weekly Online Discussion 20% No Weekly starting Week 2
Online Test 30% No Week 7 Tuesday 06 Sep 2022
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

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 3 hours
Due: Week 7 Tuesday 06 Sep 2022
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: 42 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 Writing Centre 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 2-3pm or Tuesday 7-8pm 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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