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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Financial Economics major sequence
  • Level 3 option in the Finance major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Yeok-Fun Mah
Unit rules
Successful completion of FINA2222 Corporate Financial Policy
Enrolment in
MJD-FINEC Financial Economics
and Successful completion of
FINA2204 Derivative Products and Markets
and FINA2205 Practical Finance Analytics
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
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  • 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.