ECF2721 - Trade finance and foreign exchange - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Economics


Dr Horag Choi

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)

City (Melbourne)

  • Trimester A 2017 (Day)
  • Trimester B 2017 (Day)
  • Trimester C 2017 (Day)


This unit focuses on the topics of international finance and trade. This includes the importance of international finance, the determination of exchange rates, foreign investment, parity conditions, hedging and speculation in foreign exchange markets, foreign exchange markets-spot, forward, futures and options markets, the balance of payments accounts and the effect of macroeconomic policies on trade balance.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. understand the operation of foreign exchange markets
  2. understand the key factors that influence international financial markets
  3. analyse and evaluate the benefits and disadvantages of the various exchange rate systems
  4. understand the concept of payments among nations and macroeconomic policies
  5. understand and analyse the interactions among the foreign exchange rate, trades, and macroeconomic policies.


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.

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