FINA1221 Introduction to Finance

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2AlbanyMulti-mode Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Accounting; Professional Economics; Finance major sequences
  • Level 1 elective
Content
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.
Outcomes
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.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) examinations; 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 and Mr Daniel Cahill (Semester 1), Professor Paul Gerrans and Dr Mosharraf Hossain (Semester 2), Dr Russell Poskitt (Summer School)
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
ACCT1101 Financial Accounting
Incompatibility:
FINA2221 Introduction to Finance
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
Non-standard teaching period [TS-SUMM-F-2020]
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.