ECC5475 - Financial economics - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Economics

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor He-Ling Shi (Second semester)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


ECC2000 or ECF5410 or equivalent, or be granted permission by the Chief Examiner.


Theories of hedging and speculation; determination of spot and futures prices, and intertemporal allocation; market efficiency; expectations, including adaptive expectations and rational expectations.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. understand the trade-off between risk and return
  2. develop the ability to understand literature in financial economics
  3. understand the concepts of adaptive and rational expectations
  4. develop analytical, written and oral skills by writing and presenting research papers.


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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