FINA1221 Introduction to Finance

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyMulti-mode
Semester 2AlbanyMulti-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Accounting; Finance major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Management and Commerce
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
This unit introduces the basic concepts of financial management. The emphasis is on providing an appreciation of introductory finance theory and understanding the fundamental tools of financial decision making. Topics include financial mathematics; investment evaluation techniques; capital budgeting; the valuation of both debt and equity securities; risk and return relationships; and diversification and portfolio theory.
Students are able to (1) explain the objectives of financial management in a corporation; (2) identify the roles of capital markets and financial intermediaries; (3) apply evaluation methods including those based on the time value of money to evaluate capital investment proposals; (4) demonstrate the ability to value both debt and equity securities; and (5) explain the concepts of risk, risk aversion and diversification, and systematic risk.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) participation; (2) examination; and (3) tests. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Frank Liu (Semester 1), Dr Keith Godfrey (Semester 2)
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
ACCT1101 Financial Accounting
FINA2221 Introduction to Finance
Contact hours
lectures/Practical Classes/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.