International Finance

RMIT University Vietnam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Finance

  • Host University

    RMIT University Vietnam

  • Location

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Required Prior Study 
    004969 - Business Finance

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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

    Course Description

    As a consequence of many global factors, including floating exchange rates, the abolition of capital controls, the deregulation of financial markets and advances in information technology, the field of international finance has become increasingly important over the past three decades. An increase in international trade and the related flow of finance has contributed significantly to the importance of financial management beyond the domestic borders. In this course, you will learn that by understanding the financial decision-making framework from an international perspective, comprehending the global environment of business finance and being aware of the cultural variables of international business, are therefore paramount for today’s financial manager as it provides skills that ensure the competent evaluation of alternatives and the making of objective decisions.

    This course provides you with a capstone experience, which will give you the opportunity to integrate, critically reflect on and consolidate what you have learnt in your program.


    Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

    • Identify the factors that led to the prominence of international finance as a business activity in diverse contexts
    • Apply important features of the foreign exchange market and illustrate foreign exchange mechanisms.
    • Illustrate various methods and techniques of forecasting.
    • Investigate the structure of the balance of payments (BoP) and analyse the concepts of real and effective exchange rates.
    • Analyse the factors that affect the supply and demand in the foreign exchange market and evaluate the empirical validity of Purchasing Power Parity.
    • Investigate the reasons for interest parity condition and explain the concept of the real interest rate
    • Define risk and exposure and to distinguish between them and illustrate forward hedging, futures hedging, money market hedging and option hedging.
    • Introduce the basic concepts pertaining to currency options and identify the determinants of option premiums (prices)

    Overview of Learning Activities

    To achieve the objectives listed above this course requires you to participate in various learning activities. These activities comprise the following:

    • attendance at and notetaking during scheduled lectures and dealing sessions
    • active participation in lectures and dealing sessions
    • rigorous self-study and preparation
    • reading of, and notetaking from, prescribed and recommended text books, as well as other references
    • optional consultation with academic staff
    • complete assessment tasks

    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

    Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT/Blackboard. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.

    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.

    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



    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, 5, 6

    Assessment Task 2: 30%
    Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

    Final Examination: 50%
    Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

    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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