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 MBA Teaching Period 3 2015 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Dr John Vaz


This unit is designed as an introduction to finance theories and practices that can assist in the strategic management of decisions in for-profit firms. To achieve this the unit investigates the interrelated aspects of making decisions from an investing, financing and operating perspective. By applying the body of knowledge that comes from finance theories and practices, executives will learn the analytical skills required to solve these problems. The unit takes a value impacting approach to financially related strategic decisions that face executives. Further, the unit examines how financial and economic information is used to gain forward intelligence about impacts on the value of the organisation to create sustainable value.


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 financial analytical skills required to evaluate the financial goals and performance of the firm including the interpretation of financial data

4. explore and critically evaluate financial decisions regarding capital investment, financing, dividend policy, capital structure and mergers and acquisitions and their relationship with other modes of responsibility within firms.


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 one of the following courses to undertake this unit: 3183, 3184, 3185, 3189, 3190, 3191, 3195, 3196, 3197, 3198, 3837, 3839, 3849, 4437 or 0028.


MBA5705, BFG5944, BFF5904, AFX9004, BFF5925, AFF9250, BFF5954, AFX9540, MBA9005