Financial Markets

RMIT University Vietnam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Financial Markets

  • Host University

    RMIT University Vietnam

  • Location

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

    None but completion of Macroeconomics 1 (BAFI1002/BAFI3216/BAFI2046/BAFI1005/BAFI3182) is recommended.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description

    Financial Markets is a first year course that introduces you to the financial markets environment in which business organisations operate. The course presents an overview of the financial system and its various financial markets, instruments and institutions. You will investigate the nature and role of the main financial markets within the domestic and global environment. Within this framework, the course is practically-based and enables you to critically analyse problems in real-life treasury dealing situations using live data. Students collaborate in small teams during those simulation sessions and report on their treasury dealing activities.


    Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

    On successful completion of this program you will be able to:

    • Identify the nature and key components of financial systems domestically and globally to apply in diverse contexts.
    • Identify the nature, role and determinants of the structure and level of interest rates in economics and financial contexts.
    • Demonstrate the basic financial mathematics applied to the pricing of money and capital market instruments.
    • Analyze the characteristics and functions of the main financial intermediaries operating in financial systems in a global context.
    • Assess the operations of the foreign exchange market including the nature and determinants of exchange rates and relevant investment strategies.
    • Explore the main features of equity and derivatives markets from investors’ perspective.
    • Work collaboratively in teams and communicate effectively during group treasury dealing activities.
    • Consolidate the key components that constitute the activity in financial markets and what drives a live dealing room environment.


    Overview of Learning Activities

    To achieve the objectives of the course students must participate in various learning activities:

    Attendance at, and note taking during, scheduled lectures.

    Reading of, and note taking from, distributed material and prescribed text.

    Completion of distributed tutorial/feedback questions.

    Attendance at, and participation during, dealing sessions and tutorials.

    Participation in individual learning activities including regular access to myRMIT.

    Students are expected to conduct their own readings before attending the lectures and dealing sessions. The materials presented in the lectures and dealing sessions may be different from the materials students download from the Blackboard in terms of information format, breadth and depth. The materials used in the lectures and dealing sessions are specifically designed to explain and demonstrate key concepts and may not include all the details.


    Overview of Learning Resources


    Thomson Reuters Eikon (RTF)

    A number of External Links are found on the Learning Hub. Secondly, other External Links are categorised into three major sections:

    Daily Newspapers and Business Magazines

    Financial Markets

    International Finance Associations

    The prescribed textbook is an integral part of the subject and will help students to further their understanding of the different topics covered within this course.

    Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT Library website.

    Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.


    Overview of Assessment

    The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

    Assessment Task 1: 20%
    Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4 

    Assessment Task 2: 30% 
    Linked CLOs: 3, 4, 5, 6

    Final Examination: 50%
    Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

    Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.


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