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BUSS5514: Foundation in Economics and Finance

2024 unit information

Economics underlies all business decisions, from pricing to product development, to negotiations, to understanding the general economic environment. This unit introduces microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis, equipping students with the tools to understand the impact of economic, socio-cultural, institutional, and technological factors on businesses' operations. In microeconomics, we address how individual consumers and firms make decisions and how they interact in markets. It also introduces a framework for understanding and analysing the broader economic and public policy environment in which a business competes. In macroeconomics, we consider the aggregate level of economic activity by examining the behaviour of GDP, unemployment and inflation in the short-run and examining the role of stabilization policies. The unit then introduces basic concepts forming the foundations of finance. Finance in many ways emanates from economics. Overall, it examines the management, creation and study of financial resources and instruments that comprise the financial system. The firm and the role of financial institutions are explored along with developing important skills in financial mathematics. The unit then moves to fundamental financial tools, which include the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) and the weighted-average cost of capital (WACC). The decisions firms make around capital structure and payout policy are then studied.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Accounting

Code BUSS5514
Academic unit Accounting
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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None
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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BUSS5001 or FINC5001
Assumed knowledge:
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None

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Describe the fundamental principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics and apply these to real-world contexts.
  • LO2. Identify, explain and analyse the role of individuals and businesses in different types of market structures, including perfect competition, monopolistic competition, monopoly, and oligopoly.
  • LO3. Describe and critically evaluate the effect of changes in macroeconomic indicators including regulatory and political environments on business activity.
  • LO4. Apply the mathematics of finance and identify basic financial risk and risk management concepts.
  • LO5. Describe the role of finance in an organization and the economy.
  • LO6. Discuss how corporations are financed along with common financial tools for measuring and managing risk and returns.
  • LO7. Explain the theory of capital markets along with how organisations make investment and distribution decisions.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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