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Unit Overview


This unit builds on the first-year finance unit FINA1221 to further students' knowledge of finance from the corporate financial manager's point of view, and develops skills in planning and decision making in the financial area. Topics include capital structure theories; payout policies (such as dividends); cost of capital; risk management; capital raisings including shares, debt and convertible securities issuances; and the practical aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Finance major sequence
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate the ability to evaluate the capital structures of particular companies and an awareness of current developments in this area; (2) compute the weighted average cost of capital for a firm taking into account the tax environment and analyse the impact of future changes in capital structure on the firm and its stakeholders; (3) identify the reasons why firms restructure via mergers and acquisition and determine the effect on firm value; and (4) apply the valuation techniques to the appraisal of real and financial assets.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) weekly assessments; (2) case study; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Joey Yang (Semester 1) and Chloe Ho (Semester 2)
Unit rules
FINA1221 Introduction to Finance
or FINX1221 Introduction to Finance
or FINA2221 Introduction to Finance
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
  • 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 one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.