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The subject considers the nature and operation of investment markets with a focus on three major asset classes; shares, bonds and property. It looks at the characteristics of these different investment options, especially in terms of the risks and returns associated with each. The module also introduces basic financial mathematics involving the time value of money, calculation of present and future values, and the computing of rates of return for investments or projects with property as a context. An introduction to the interpretation, analysis and use of financial statements (profit and loss statements, cash-flow statements and balance sheets) is provided. Finally, it considers the application of appropriate accounting and regulatory standards in interpretation of financial statements.
A financial calculator is required, specifically the HP10bii+. The cost is approximately $65.
Intended learning outcomes
This subject will enable you with a range of tools and capacity to analyse, evaluate and design financial solutions and alternatives and for the built environment.
This course will enable you:
- To comprehend what makes a `developed' financial system;
- Distinguish between the basic types of financial instruments and their sources and users;
- Apply financial mathematical techniques to analyse financial instruments and built investments;
- To understand the role of risk and uncertainty in financial decision-making;
- To analyse and design lending and borrowing solutions;
- To apply and evaluate finance and investment techniques as strategic decision-making tools for the design and built environment.
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will have had the opportunity to develop the following generic skills:
1. Intellectual skills:
- define a problem
- identify the correct method of interpreting data and solving problem
- synthesise knowledge and interpret the appropriateness of the solution
- identify an issue and learn to discuss in a reflective manner
2. Research and professional skills
- appreciate the value of listening attentively, selecting what is important, watching for signals for important points & identifying the structure of the presentation/lecture
- competently use a calculator
- apply and interpret financial mathematical techniques appropriate to the problem
- interpret the financial pages
3. Transferable skills
- competently communicate through a written essay/report
- demonstrate research and professional skills through, for example, the quantitative analysis and interpretation of data
- use standard word processing and spreadsheet packages
- demonstrate basic time management skills
Last updated: 20 February 2024