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Thanks to globalisation and worldwide market volatility, there has never been a better time to study finance in a business context. Covering a range of topics from risk and return to budget distribution, this unit provides a comprehensive understanding of modern finance. You'll explore the business relationship between time and money, making links between bonds, interest rates and strategic decisions from a managerial perspective. You'll grow increasingly familiar with planning tools, and walk away capable of applying effective financial management to business environments. If you’re looking to diversify your potential, enrolling in this unit is a great first step. In this unit, you will study:

  • Introduction to finance and its context
  • Time value of money I
  • Time value of money II
  • Bonds and interest rates
  • Risk and return
  • Capital budgeting decisions
  • Capital budgeting cash flow estimation
  • Capital budgeting and risk
  • Capital structure and financing
  • Payout policy

Learning outcomes

  • Identify business financial decisions, their impact on value and the broader financial and regulatory environment in which these decisions are made
  • Apply the techniques of financial mathematics to analyse finance problems and opportunities
  • Measure risk and return and explain the risk-return trade-off and diversification
  • Evaluate capital investments using appropriate capital budgeting techniques
  • Compare and appraise alternative financing sources, capital structures and payout policies


You are assessed according to the following components, each with its own weighted value against your overall result:

  • Quiz: 10%
  • Business case studies: 25%
  • Business case studies: 25%
  • Exam (closed book): 40%


You can study this unit as part of the Graduate Diploma in Accounting, and Master of Business Administration. Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your SCU Online student advisor on 1300 589 882 for more information based on your particular circumstances.