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Business Finance PG (6224.5)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2, 3
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Business School


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This unit aims to develop a working knowledge of the concepts, tools and applications of corporate financial decision-making within a framework of maximizing the wealth of a firms stakeholders, with particular emphasis on shareholders. The topics includes financial goals, time value of money, risk and return analysis, asset pricing, capital budgeting, cost of capital, capital structure, and dividend policies. This is a problem oriented subject, which requires students to learn and apply various financial concepts and tools to solve complex problems related to firms financing, investment, distribution and retention decisions.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Appraise and illustrate the goals of financial management of a firm and basic finance principles, including the time value of money concept, risk-return relationship, efficient market and portfolio diversification;

2. Critically examine the theories and models used in investment, financing and dividend decisions, reflecting on their limitations and practical applications;

3. Identify and apply appropriate models and techniques to solve problems relating to valuation of shares and bonds, alternative capital investment proposals and to calculate costs of capital;

4. Critically evaluate and compare different capital structure theories and dividend policies relating to their limitations, to develop alternatives; and

5. Solve complex problems involving firms financing, dividend and retention decisions.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Normally 39 hours of classroom and structured learning per semester.


11396 Business Decision Making G OR 11405 Quantitative Methods in Commerce G OR 6275 Statistical Analysis & Decision Making G



Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units

11215 Business Finance, 6392 Business Finance

Equivalent Units


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