Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Banking and Finance
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2015 (Day)


Topics include history of international banking; international financial system and its major players; regulations and interaction with public policy; world debt; foreign exchange markets; lending and investment criteria; the Australian international banking sector.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. develop skills in understanding of the role of international banking within the international financial, derivatives and regulatory markets
  2. develop an international banking perspective by contrasting different banking and finance systems in other countries
  3. develop an ability to work in a team by completing a group report that requires a written synthesis of the contributions of team members and presentation of the report in the class
  4. develop oral presentation skills by participation in discussions during tutorials
  5. develop academic skills by preparing an individual assignment based on empirical studies that requires research using the web and print reference materials
  6. demonstrate in an individual summative assessment task the acquisition of a comprehensive understanding of the topics covered by BFF5050.


Within semester assessment: 40%
Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Piyadasa Edirisuriya (First semester)
Dr Silvio Contessi (Second semester)