FINA1109 Managing Your Personal Finance

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Management and Commerce
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
This unit highlights the importance of financial literacy in personal financial decision making. It reflects the increased financial responsibility that students face in areas including debt accumulation, financial product selection and retirement savings decisions. Students explore a range of topics including the impact of behavioural biases that are a natural part of decision making, with a view to exploring the impact these biases can have on financial decisions. Students are introduced to time value of money, with examples of the dramatic impact of compounding on both debt and equity. This introduction includes analysis of the cost of credit card debt, loans and mobile phone contracts. Students critique the concept of human capital, with a view to identifying their own human capital and understanding the part that education plays in creating this capital. They explore the interaction between consumption smoothing, debt and investing, along with planning for retirement within the present Australian superannuation system. Students create their own personal balance sheet and a simple plan for their financial future and write a reflective journal concerning this task as part of the unit.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the impact of the time value of money for borrowing and investing; (2) identify the role of biases that can adversely affect their financial decisions; (3) contrast the roles of human and financial capital in spending, saving/investment and borrowing behaviours; (4) explain the concepts of consumption smoothing and evaluate the role within a financial plan; (5) identify the role of long term savings (e.g. for education, housing, retirement); (6) develop written communication skills with the completion of a reflective journal; and (7) identify the steps in the financial planning process and components of a financial plan.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation (20%-25%)

; (2) group assignment; and (3) examination (55%-60%). 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)
Professor Paul Gerrans
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
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