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Unit Overview


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.

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

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; (2) mid semester exam; and (3) final exam. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the final exam component.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Mosharraf Hossain (Semester 1) and Ms Yeok-Fun Mah (Semester 2)
Unit rules
FINA5432 Introduction to Finance
AND FINA5635 Corporate Finance
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week (maximum students per class: 45)
  • 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.