FINA5525 Case Studies in Finance

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This is the capstone unit in the Master of Applied Finance. It aims to consolidate the understanding of financial theory and capital market practice gained in the other units. A broad range of capital market transactions is considered in order to build a more complete understanding of financial markets.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate the ability to solve complex problems; (2) critically analyze accepted knowledge and claims in new, unfamiliar and changing circumstances and develop alternative frameworks; (3) demonstrate the ability to produce clear and concise written communication in a finance context to specialists and non-specialists; (4) demonstrate the ability to give oral presentations that are clear and coherent to specialists and non-specialists; (5) demonstrate the capability to reflect on and evaluate the nature and implications of assumptions and value judgements in analysis; (6) develop competencies to work effectively in teams; (7) recognise, understand and respond appropriately to ethical, social, regulatory, economic, sustainability and global issues in finance; and (8) critically analyse solutions of advanced finance problems.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) participation; and (3) tests. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Russell Poskitt (Semester 1), Professor Dirk Baur (Semester 2)
Unit rules
Minimum of 48 credit points in units coded FINA
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per week which may include lectures/seminars/workshops
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
To maximize their learning, students should aim to undertake this unit in their final semester.
  • 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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.