FINA5533 Finance Essentials

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline
Semester 2OnlineOnline
This unit introduces fundamental concepts and applications of essential finance topics across a range of perspectives. The unit provides a solid foundation of financial theory with an understanding of when and how to apply those theories in financial decision making. Topics include financial mathematics and the time value of money, investment decisions and capital budgeting, valuation, the cost of capital, capital structure and the risk and return relationship.
Students are able to (1) explain the objectives of financial management across a range of stakeholder perspectives; (2) identify the roles and key players of capital markets; (3) apply investment decision analysis (including those based on the time value of money) from a capital budgeting perspective; (4) apply basic equity and debt valuation methods; (5) compute the weighted average cost of capital and components; (6) demonstrate an understanding of key capital structure considerations; and (7) explain the relationship between risk and return.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes and (2) examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Mosha Hossain (Semester 1), Ms Yeok-Fun Mah (Semester 2)
Unit rules
ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting or equivalent

For Graduate Certificate in Finance students: none
FINA5432 Introduction to Finance
FINA5635 Corporate Finance
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week (maximum students per class: 45)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
  • 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.
  • If this unit is offered as on-campus face-to-face study only, 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.