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This subject introduces students to the fundamentals of finance, financial securities and financial markets. Topics include: key financial concepts such as the time-value-of-money, risk, return, present value, diversification, arbitrage, leverage and voting control; key financial securities such as stocks, bonds, mortgages and other loans; key financial markets such as the stock, interest rate and foreign exchange markets; and key participants in financial markets such as investors, funds, companies, banks, intermediaries, governments and regulators.
This subject is designed for students who seek an understanding of financial concepts and markets, but who do not intend to pursue any further studies in finance.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Explain the nature and role of different financial markets
- Describe and distinguish the key features of different financial securities and participants
- Apply key financial concepts to value financial securities and products
- Explain the role of risk and return in financial decision making
- Reflect on the content of current news in the financial press.
On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:
- Oral communication
- Written communication
- Problem solving
- Team work
- Critical thinking
- Evaluation of data and other information.
Last updated: 2 December 2019