FIN535 Strategic and Contemporary Financial Issues (8)

This subject aims to encapsulate learning from students' previous studies.  Topics covered are chosen from current finance issues which are of strategic importance to the finance industry and industry professionals.  The subject requires students to critically review the print and electronic media concerning contemporary finance topics and analyse the implications of these issues. Case studies and other learning methods will be used throughout.  The subject builds on the knowledge acquired in FIN516 Corporate Finance and FIN530 Financial Markets and Instruments.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: FIN535. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Accounting and Finance

Enrolment Restrictions

Postgraduate students only. Not available to students who have completed FIN517 Advanced Corporate Finance.


FIN516 and FIN530

Subject Relationships

FIN517 FIN535 has similar content of FIN517 which was made obsolete in 2009.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically analyse and provide informed commentary on empirical evidence from financial media, industry sources and empirical studies;
  • be able to analyse and explain the nature of current finance issues and make strategic choices based on the evidence;
  • be able to explain and synthesise the emerging issues and complexities that arise in the Australian and global corporate finance sectors.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Financial fraud and ethics;
  • Asset securitisation;
  • Financial crises and market cycles;
  • Sovereign debt and sovereign wealth funds;
  • Initial public offerings;
  • Real options;
  • Mergers, acquisitions and divestments;
  • Current developments in financing.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.