This unit provides students with an understanding of how organisations make investment and financing decisions. Students will demonstrate how to apply various valuation methods and theories to real-world settings. Students will also learn to appreciate the limitations of tools in practical settings. Specific topics include capital budgeting, investment decision rules, discounted cash flow, real options valuation, cost of capital, capital structure, dividend policy and evaluation methods such as WACC and APV. Students will demonstrate the necessary skills for making value-changing financial decisions to maximise an organisation's value.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate, analyse and apply knowledge of finance theories, practices and markets when making decisions on how to efficiently raise, manage and invest capital;  
  2. Critically analyse and solve problems related to the decisions of the corporate manager;  
  3. Explicate the theories underlying the operation of financial markets and relevant asset pricing models for a provided strategic corporate transaction; and,  
  4. Apply critical thinking, problem solving and presentation skills to effectively analyse, present and explain financial data, information and ideas to diverse stakeholders.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Investment and finance decisions (500 words) 10%
Project Investment decision making for managers - written report based on a case study (2000 words) 40%
Case Study Problem solving and critique of Australian business scenarios based on a case study with financial datasets. (2500 words) 50%

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