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FINS3650 International Banking

The main aim of this course is to give students an understanding and current knowledge of international banking. It allows students to understand the operating environments of international banking institutions, more specifically, how to best manage the environment to create sustained value for shareholders. Basel Capital Accords provide the regulatory framework for banks that are active in the international markets and reference is made to this throughout the course. Topics covered in this course include examining the role of international banks in international investment and trade, project financing and managing cross border risks.

FINS3630 Bank Financial Management

The unifying theme in this course is the application of modern finance theory to the financial decision making and management of financial institutions of commercial banks. The subject of decision-making in financial institutions is approached from a risk perspective. The course covers the major decision areas for financial institution management within the framework of a regulatory and “corporate responsible” environment. The main topics covered are various financial risks and their management including interest rate risk, credit risk, liquidity risk, foreign exchange risk and market risk within an international context.

FINS3640 Investment Management Modelling

A third level elective finance course with a main focus on financial securities portfolio construction and management. It is highly recommended for students interested in financial modelling, investment management, banking and securities trading. As such, topics revolve around security analysis, alternative investments (and their risks and rewards) and a major focus on alternative hedge fund strategies.

FINS2624 Portfolio Management

This Course is a Finance Core

This core finance subject introduces students into investment theories, including application of the Markowitz portfolio theory, SIM and Factor models and CAPM. Accordingly, students will learn to design and manage portfolios, price bonds and stock options and evaluate investment performance. The skills gained from this course are fundamental in the industries of investment management and wealth management.

FINS3666 Trading and Market Making

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of trading securities at exchanges and dealer markets. This involves examining market structures, types of traders and the strategies they use to achieve their objectives. Students learn how and why investors trade and how market structure affect volatility, liquidity, trading costs, price efficiency and trading outcomes. There is a focus on barriers to trading; bid-ask spreads, trade impact on price, brokerage commissions etc. Students are exposed to the practical issues related to trading through the use of class exercises and trading simulations.

FINS3623 Venture Capital

A third level elective finance course that introduces the characteristics venture capital and private equity investments, as well as the financing of entrepreneurial firms and public to private transactions. This course is highly recommended for students with an interest in the functioning of small to medium enterprises, exploring theoretical and practical issues/decisions that they face.

FINS3641 Security Analysis and Valuation

This subject forms part of the corporate finance sub branch and provides students with theoretical and practical knowledge in equity valuation and analysis. Accordingly, students learn the different techniques and models in relation to DCF valuation , trade recommendation reports and financial statements. The knowledge and practical abilities gained through this course, relate to the industries of brokerage, fund management, mergers and acquisitions and investment banking.

FINS3625 Applied Corporate Finance

This subject forms part of the corporate finance sub branch and focuses on financial decision making. This course provides a theoretical understanding and evaluation of financial transactions in a corporate finance environment, including undertaking case studies and researching current financial issues. Furthermore, the topics learnt by students include equity and debt financing, capital raising, discounted cash flows, capital budgeting and structure, mergers and acquisitions and excel modelling. The knowledge gained from this course is relevant to the investment banking industry.

FINS1613 Business Finance

This Course is a Finance Core.

One of the compulsory level 1 courses required for a finance major at UNSW. It forms the foundation of quantitative areas in finance, introducing students to important topics such as financial mathematics, investment valuations, capital budgeting and costs of capital. The fundamentals learnt within this course are expanded upon in higher level courses of the finance major.

FINS3616 International Business Finance

Students generally take this course during the second or third year of the BCom programme. The course covers the basic theory and practical knowledge that is required to manage financial functions of firms operating in many countries. There is a strong emphasis on identifying and managing risk, more specifically, exchange rate movements and government policies. The course includes topics such as international diversification, cost of capital for multinational corporations, the role of multinational banks, short-term financing and international equity markets.