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
OfferedCaulfield Trimester 2 2015 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Dr John Vaz


This unit introduces finance theories and practices that can assist financial decisions in for-profit firms. Herein investigation concerns exploration of the interrelated aspects of making decisions from an investing, financing and operating perspective. Using the body of knowledge that comes from finance theories and practices, students will learn the analytical skills required to solve these problems. Further, the unit will examine key aspects of financial decisions (capital budgeting, financing, dividend policy and hedging) that managers in non-financial firms are required to make.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. critically evaluate the firm as a financial entity and to appreciate the definition and measurement of value in a for profit context
  2. apply finance theories and practices such as the quantification of risk and return and the valuation of firms
  3. acquire competences with computational and analytical skills required to evaluate the financial goals and performance of the firm including the interpretation of financial data
  4. appraise the principal financial activities of firms with respect to investing, financing, dividend policy and risk management.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%

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.

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Chief examiner(s)


Students must be enrolled in 0028, 3184, 3185, 3189, 3190, 3196, 3198, 3839 or 3849 to undertake this unit.


MBA5905, MBA9005, BFG5944, AFG9044, BFF5904, AFX9004, BFF5925, AFF9250, BFF5954, AFX9540