FINA3304 Banking: Theory and Practice

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Finance major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Management and Commerce
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit provides an introduction to Australian banking. It also explores issues relating to international banking and current developments in the international banking arena. Topics include bank risk management; asset and liability structures; securitisation; bank performance analysis, and the impact of cost of funds and capital adequacy provisions on bank lending policies. A consistent theme is that the functions and services provided by banks are influenced by the theory of finance, technology, government regulation and the forces of competition.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a clear understanding of the Australian financial system with an emphasis on the role and functions of its regulators; (2) describe, comment and analyse the changing composition of the Australian financial services sector; (3) critically review typical problems encountered by modern financial institutions, financial regulators and their stakeholders; (4) use financial data to demonstrate an understanding of market risk, credit risk, interest rate risk, capital adequacy and liquidity management; (5) demonstrate the ability to give oral presentations that are clear and coherent to a variety of audiences; and (6) develop competencies to work effectively in teams.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) weekly participation; (2) group assignment; and (3) examinations. 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)
Ms Yeok-Fun Mah (Semester 1)
Unit rules
FINA2222 Corporate Financial Policy
equivalent; for pre-2012 courses: ACCT1101 Financial Accounting
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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