• Offered by Rsch Sch of Finance, Actuarial Studies & App Stats
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Course subject Financial Management
  • Areas of interest Finance
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Emma Schultz
    • Dr Jenni Bettman
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
    Second Semester 2018
    See Future Offerings

Foundations of Finance is designed to familiarise students with the components of the financial system as well as to introduce them to the three basic ideas underpinning finance, namely the time value of money, diversification and arbitrage.  In doing so, the course provides students with introductory exposure to financial transactions, institutions and markets including debt, equity, foreign exchange and derivative markets and the instruments traded therein. It also provides students with a solid foundation for later studies in finance.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements for this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Understand financial transactions, institutions and markets, including money markets, stock markets, foreign exchange, derivatives markets and contracts.
  • Understand the ideas behind the time value of money and be able to calculate the value of cash flows relating to a number of financial instruments.
  • Understand the concept of diversification, including the risk and return relationship and have the ability to calculate optimal weights for a portfolio comprising of two financial assets.
  • Understand concepts of arbitrage, and utilise derivatives for risk management purposes.

Other Information

See the course outline on the College courses page. Outlines are uploaded as they become available. 

Indicative Assessment

Typical assessment may include, but is not restricted to: in-class quizzes, a mid-semester exam and a final examination.

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Students are expected to commit at least 10 hours per week to completing the work in this course. This will include at least 3 contact hours per week and up to 7 hours of private study time.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed or be currently enrolled in STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods or STAT1003 Statistical Techniques.

Preliminary Reading





Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3900
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
2572 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
7543 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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