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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2011 (Evening)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Evening)


Topics include development of money and financial markets and financial flows analysis; intermediation; economic role of the different financial institutions; determination of interest rates and yield curve analysis in financial markets; exchange rates and money supply; sources of short-term, medium-term and long-term finance; sources of overseas borrowing; an introduction to interest rate and exchange rate management; performance of the financial system.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. compare and contrast specific types of financial institutions, instruments and markets in order to explain the distinctions between their operations, usage and regulation
  2. critically evaluate the assumptions and conventional wisdom relating to the term structure of interest rates and foreign exchange rates
  3. develop academic skills by accessing electronic data sources and hard copy references to evaluate a case study assignment
  4. develop an ability to work in a team by requiring syndicates to submit written solutions to assigned case studies, and thereby demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills and develop a team orientated approach to work effectively as a team member to produce a professional quality business document solving financial-institution related issues.
  5. demonstrate in an individual summative assessment task the acquisition of a comprehensive understanding of the components and functioning of capital markets in an open economy as exemplified by the unit.


Within semester assessment: 30%
Examination (3 hours): 70%

Chief examiner(s)

Michael Skully

Contact hours

3 hours per week


Students must be enrolled in one of the following courses to undertake this unit:
0028, 0396, 0503, 0504, 0790, 0826, 1445, 1499, 1822, 2098, 2619, 3174, 3176, 3177, 3179, 3189, 3822, 3843, 3844 or 3848.