Financial Markets

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Financial Markets

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    BSB113 or CTB113

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit introduces students to the institutional structure of global financial markets, and thereby complements the understanding of theoretical finance gained in either BSB122 or EFB210. Topics covered include the functions of financial markets, the banking and payments system, financial system deregulation, non-bank financial institutions, stock exchange operations, debt markets, foreign exchange markets and markets for financial derivatives.
    Learning Outcomes
    Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to:
    1. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of domestic and international financial markets, products, institutions and regulatory authorities
    2. Critically analyse theories and models of finance including the contributions, assumptions, limitations and related social and ethical implications of these
    3. Demonstrate written communication skills to effectively structure, present and explain critical analysis of finance theories, models and thinking
    This unit focuses on eight different areas of financial markets. These are financial market theories, government debt markets, financial institutions, equity markets, debt markets, foreign exchange markets, derivatives markets and ethical issues in financial markets. All areas are covered from an Australian and international perspective.
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    This unit takes a critical approach to exploring financial theories and their relationship to real world events. Students will be introduced to diverse thinking and critical insights into financial market events and develop their own critical analysis skills drawing on texts, readings, online resources, guided discussions, interactive tutorials and practical exercises.
    This unit has a formal class contact time in lectures and tutorials of approximately three hours (lecture two hours, workshop one hour). The lectures will present material relevant to the understanding of domestic and international financial markets. In addition, recent developments in the Australian and global financial markets will be reviewed. This material is to be examined in conjunction with the required reading for the topic. Lectures and text readings are to be viewed as complementary educational tools rather than substitutes with examinable material presented in either of these mediums or both.
    Resources such as PowerPoint slides for each lecture topic and required readings are provided on the unit's Blackboard site. Important announcements in relation to the unit are also made available here. You will need your student number and password to access the Blackboard site.
    Assessment name: Examination (written)
    Description: Closed book multiple choice examination. The questions will cover all unit materials from weeks 1 to 5.
    Length / Duration: 1 Hour
    Formative or Summative: Formative and Summative
    Relates to objectives:1 and 2
    Weight: 20
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Week 7
    Assessment name: Essay
    Description: The assignment will require knowledge and understanding of unit materials and application of critical analysis skills. It must be submitted to Assignment Minder Gardens Point by its close at 9.45pm on the due date. Length / Duration: 1000 words
    Formative or Summative: Formative and Summative
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2, and 3
    Weight: 20
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Week 11
    Assessment name: Final Examination
    Description: Closed book examination. Short answer and calculation questions. The questions will cover all unit materials from weeks 1 to 12.
    Length/Duration: 2 hours plus 10 minutes perusal
    Relates to objectives: 1 and 2
    Weight: 60
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Central Exam Period

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