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ECON3060 – International Finance

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
20cp at 2000 level or above including ECON203 or ECON2003 or ECON204 or ECON2004 or AFIN250 or AFIN2050
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

The aim of this unit is to analyse the structure, functions and operations of the international financial system and to evaluate its impact on the Australian economy. Topics may include: international capital flows and balance of payments; analysis of foreign exchange markets, arbitrage and speculation; discussion of purchasing power parity and real exchange rates; currency and commodity swaps; corporate management of exchange rate risk exposure in spot and forward markets; currency futures and options; Eurodollar markets; models of exchange rate determination; exchange rate forecasting techniques; international trade finance; international taxation; and foreign and direct portfolio investments; and international capital budgeting.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Analyse the structure, functions and operations of the international financial system.
  • ULO2: Research and engage with confidence in international business decisions using the appropriate analytical tools.
  • ULO3: Describe and analyse the risks that businesses and investors may face in the international markets.

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 tutorial and discussion 20% No Weekly starting week 2
Online Test 20% No Thursday 08 Sep 2022
Essay 20% No 11:59pm Sunday 09 Oct 2022
Final online examination 40% No University Examination Period

Weekly tutorial and discussion

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 13 hours
Due: Weekly starting week 2
Weighting: 20%

 

Every week, students are required to attend a one-hour live tutorial via zoom, and post their response to one of the discussion questions into ilearn.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse the structure, functions and operations of the international financial system.
  • Research and engage with confidence in international business decisions using the appropriate analytical tools.
  • Describe and analyse the risks that businesses and investors may face in the international markets.

Online Test

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 5 hours
Due: Thursday 08 Sep 2022
Weighting: 20%

 

A one-hour test will be held in week 7, consisting true/false with explanation, problem solving and short-answer questions.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse the structure, functions and operations of the international financial system.
  • Research and engage with confidence in international business decisions using the appropriate analytical tools.
  • Describe and analyse the risks that businesses and investors may face in the international markets.

Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: 11:59pm Sunday 09 Oct 2022
Weighting: 20%

 

This assessment involves students undertaking individual research on a topic given and writing a 1400-1600-word essay (excluding tables, diagrams and reference list).

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse the structure, functions and operations of the international financial system.
  • Research and engage with confidence in international business decisions using the appropriate analytical tools.
  • Describe and analyse the risks that businesses and investors may face in the international markets.

Final online examination

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 27 hours
Due: University Examination Period
Weighting: 40%

 

A two-hour exam will be held during the University Examination period

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse the structure, functions and operations of the international financial system.
  • Research and engage with confidence in international business decisions using the appropriate analytical tools.
  • Describe and analyse the risks that businesses and investors may face in the international markets.

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), Thursday 2-3pm, 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.

Required and Recommended Texts, and other resources

Required text: Jeff Madura, Ariful Hoque, and Chandrasekhar Krishnamurti, International Financial Management, Cengage Learning, either Asia-Pacific edition (2018), or US edition (2020). (Older editions are fine too).

Here is the link to the latest US edition:

https://cengage.com.au/product/division/university/title/international-financial-management/isbn/9780357130544

Recommended texts:

Geert Bekaert and Robert Hodrick, 2012 (2nd edition), International Financial Management, Pearson International. ISBN-13: 978-013-284-298-3

Alan C. Shapiro, 2014 (10th edition), Multinational Financial Management, Wiley. ISBN-13: 978-118-857-238-2

Useful resources for this course:

Banking Weekly Podcasts - Financial Times: podcast.ft.com/banking-weekly

www.bloomberg.com

www.theeconomist.com

www.bis.org

www.wsj.com

IMF Podcasts

Technology Used and Required

It is my expectation that the lectures of Econ360 will be recorded on the University’s i-Lecture facility. This can be found at: http://ilearn.mq.edu.au

The iLearn facility at this same site will also be the main vehicle through which unit communications will be made, and via which students can communicate with each other.

Unit Schedule

Week

Lecture

Assessment tasks

1

Topic 1: Multinational firms, and international flows of funds

 

2

Topic 2: Foreign exchange markets and government intervention

Online Discussion 1

3

Topic 3: International financial markets

Online Discussion 2

4

Topic 4: Currency derivative markets

Online Discussion 3

5

Topic 5: International arbitrage and interest rate parity

Online Discussion 4

6

Topic 6: Relationship between inflation, interest rate, and exchange rate

Online Discussion 5

7

Online Test 1 (20%)

Test (20%)

8

Topic 7: Measurement and management of exchange rate risk

Online Discussion 6

9

Topic 7 (cont)

Online Discussion 7

10

Topic 8: Management of long-term assets and liabilities

Assignment (20%): Due 11:50pm Wednesday 13 October 2021

Online Discussion 8

11

Topic 8 (cont)

Online Discussion 9

12

Topic 8 (cont)

Online Discussion 10

13

Topic 9: Management of short -term assets and liabilities

 

Note: Each Online Discussion is worth 2%, together they are worth 20%.

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