Not offered in 2019

Unit description

Introduces core concepts, principles and tools of finance and business financial management, including an overview of the financial environment, financing alternatives, risk and return, time value of money, investment decision making and working capital management. This basic knowledge of finance will help students in both their personal and business lives.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction to finance and its context
Topic 2: Your finance tool kit and accounting
Topic 3: The valuation principle
Topic 4: Time is money
Topic 5: Capital investment decisions
Topic 6: Risk, return and eggs in baskets
Topic 7: Risk and return: From eggs to theory
Topic 8: Managing a business's financial health in the short term
Topic 9: Financing a growing business I
Topic 10: Financing a growing business II
Topic 11: Dangers and opportunities of operating and financial leverage

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3

Fee paying courses
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