Faculty of Business and Economics

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

MBA Program



  • MBA Teaching Period 4 2016 (On-campus block of classes)
  • Trimester 3 2016 (On-campus block of classes)


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 equals 144 hours per semester.

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Chief examiner(s)


Students must be enrolled in course 0028.