BFC5936 - Financial modelling - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Banking and Finance

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Paul Lajbcygier

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Students must have passed BFC5925 and BFC5935 or equivalent, or be granted permission by the Chief Examiner to undertake this unit.


BFC3540, BFF5255.


This unit aims to develop students' financial modelling skills using Excel. Topics include the development and application of financial spreadsheets, solving valuation problems in finance, data and sensitivity analysis, portfolio optimisation, simulations, and financial models. The paper will also introduce students to Visual Basic programming in financial modelling.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. introduce the concept and principles of financial modelling and develop the skill set required.
  2. use Excel to effectively model financial problems and handle financial data
  3. apply critical thinking, problem solving and presentation skills to individual and/or group activities dealing with modelling in finance and demonstrate in an individual summative assessment task the acquisition of a comprehensive understanding of the topics covered in BFC5936.


Within semester assessment: 60% + Examination: 40%

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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