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.

Availability

Session 1 (30)
Online
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

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School of Accounting and Finance

Enrolment Restrictions

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

Prerequisites

FIN516 and FIN530

Subject Relationships

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

Incompatible Subjects

FIN517

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.

Syllabus

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.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of FIN535 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Title
Value %
1
Assignment 1
10
2
Assignment 2
15
3
Assignment 3
25
4
Final exam
50

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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