Unit description

Introduces key concepts, principles, tools, contemporary issues and context of finance and financial management in order to prepare students for participation in making investment, financing and dividend decisions. Topics covered include the time value of money, the risk and return trade-off, capital budgeting, financing alternatives, capital structure and distribution policy.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction to finance and financial analysis

Topic 2: Time value of money, bonds and interest rates

Topic 3: Risk and return

Topic 4: Capital budgeting

Topic 5: Capital structure and financing

Topic 6: Distribution policy

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

Prescribed texts

Study Period 5

  • Brigham, EF & Ehrhardt, MC, 2014, VitalSource eBook CP0944 - ACC00716 Finance, 1st edn, Cengage. ISBN: 9780170275705.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

SCU Online (intensive)

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Business case studies25%
Business case studies35%
Exam: closed book40%

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Fee information


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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3

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