FINC 7023 Introduction to Finance

Credit Points 10

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Description This subject provides business leaders and managers with a contextualised and non-technical introduction and overview of key financial concepts. The subject covers the fundamental principles underlying finance and financial decision-making by individuals and organisations. Upon completion of this subject, learners will possess the analytical skills necessary to understand and assess basic financial data using a range of metrics relevant in a range of contexts including green and sustainable finance.

School Business

Discipline Banking and Finance

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Equivalent Subjects BUSM 7007


Students must be in a postgraduate program.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  1. Outline key concepts and principles of finance and financial decision making.
  2. Analyse and assess basic financial data using financial databases and finance metrics. 
  3. Explain the risk-return relationship and fundamentals of risk management.
  4. Identify fundamental investment and financing decisions for managers.
  5. Critically discuss contemporary topics in finance, including green and sustainable finance.

Subject Content

  • Topic 1 The world of finance: financial markets and the Australian financial landscape
  • Topic 2 Fundamentals of small business financing
  • Topic 3 Introduction to financial statements and financial performance measurement
  • Topic 4 Time value of money and the basics of interest rates
  • Topic 5 The risk-return relationship and fundamentals of risk management for managers
  • Topic 6 Financing and investment decisions
  • Topic 7 Green and sustainable financial instruments
  • Topic 8 Contemporary topics in finance


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz 60 minutes 20 N Individual
Presentation 10 minutes 20 N Group
Report 1,300 words 30 N Individual
Final Exam 2 hours 30 N Individual

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