BFX5260 - Treasury and financial markets - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - 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 Banking and Finance

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Wayne Huf

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Students must have passed BFF5926 or equivalent or be granted permission by the Chief Examiner to undertake this unit.


Students must be enrolled in course B4001, B5001, B6001, B6003, B6004 or B6005.


This unit will combine classroom teaching and direct experiential learning in financial markets covering topics that may include market participants, treasury operations, market structures, dealer markets, liquidity and price formation. This unit is taught in the simulated trading and research laboratory (STARLab). It is a specialist, practically oriented unit where attendance is compulsory as assessment is based on classroom activities. An understanding of financial prices, returns and volatility is required.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. formulate portfolio management decisions
  2. compare and contrast differences between various market structures
  3. acquire an in-depth understanding of economic concepts such as market efficiency, performance evaluation and market structure regulation
  4. plan, verify and settle transactions completed in STARLab
  5. develop, implement, analyse and manage strategies in financial markets
  6. plan, organise and report on all activities involved in STARLab
  7. apply critical thinking, problem solving and presentation skills to individual and/or group activities dealing with treasury and financial markets.


Within semester assessment: 100%

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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