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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dirk Baur (Semester 1) and Russell Poskitt (Semester 2)
Unit rules
Minimum of 36 credit points in units coded FINA
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per week which may include lectures/seminars/workshops
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.
  • 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.