ACX3150 - Financial analysis and valuation - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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


Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Accounting

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit explores a range of techniques used to analyse corporate financial performance and valuation of entities. These include: application and use of financial ratios and forecasting techniques, accounting-based and cash flow-based share valuation, credit analysis and financial distress prediction, equity security analysis, and analysis relating to mergers and takeovers. Both Australian and international case studies are used to provide a real-world context.


The learning objectives associated with this unit are to:

  1. access and extract financial information from published financial reports and databases
  2. calculate and interpret relevant financial ratios concerned with the profitability, financial structure and solvency of listed public companies
  3. apply and critically assess approaches to valuation including discounted cash flow and residual income methods
  4. apply valuation methods to contexts such as security valuation, mergers and acquisitions and credit analysis
  5. apply critical thinking, problem solving and presentation skills to individual and/or group activities dealing with financial analysis and valuation.


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 have passed one of the following units: BFC1001, BFF1001, AFC2140, BFC2140, BFF2140 PLUS one of the following units: AFF1121, ACC1030, ACF1100, ACC1100, ACF2100, ACC2100


AFC3230, AFC3234, ACC3230.