• Class Number 4838
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Dr Jo Drienko
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
    • Pei Luo
SELT Survey Results

This course 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 money markets, stock markets, 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

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Explain basic financial transactions, institutions and markets, including money markets, stock markets, foreign exchange, derivatives markets and contracts.
  2. Discuss the concept of time value of money and calculate the value of cash flows relating to a number of financial instruments.
  3. Explain the concept of diversification, including the risk and return relationship and calculate optimal weights for a portfolio comprising of two financial assets.
  4. Discuss concepts of arbitrage, and utilise derivatives for risk management purposes.

Research-Led Teaching

Students undertaking this course will be taught fundamental skills in Finance that will be applied to real life applications. Students will also be shown how these techniques are applied to research today.

Additional Course Costs

The only additional course costs are a non-programmable scientific calculator (not a financial calculator!) and printing materials. 

Examination Material or equipment

The only permitted materials in the examination are a calculator (scientific, non-programmable and not a financial calculator), dictionary (which will be checked at the examination), pen and a ruler. 

Required Resources

No required textbook.

Titman, S., Martin, T., Keown, A., and, J. Martin, Financial Management: Principles and Applications, 7th Edition, Pearson Education, 2016.

Note that the textbook readings from this recommended resource are optional. In addition, this textbook is available to students as a 2 hour loan from the ANU library.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Written and verbal feedback will be addressed to:
  • the whole class; and
  • to individuals.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Information Regarding Assessment

Any student identified, either during the current semester or in retrospect, as having used ghost writing services will be investigated under the University’s Academic Misconduct Rule.


It is preferable to contact the lecturer via email.


If necessary, the lecturers and tutors for this course will contact students on their official ANU student email address. Information about your enrolment and fees from the Registrar and Student Services' office will also be sent to this email address.


Students are expected to check the Wattle site for announcements about this course, e.g. changes to timetables or notifications of cancellations. Notifications of emergency cancellations of lectures or tutorials will be posted on the door of the relevant room.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Topic: Course Admin and an Intro to Financial Mathematics Activity: Lecture/Workshop Reading: Lecture Notes 1; CFA Code of Ethics, CFA Standards of Professional Conduct, Sections I and VII; Textbook (Titman et al: Ch.1 & 2 & 5 & 6)
2 Topic: Time Value of Money – Valuing Shares Activity: Lecture/Workshop/Tutorial (Tutorial 1 Questions) Reading: Lecture Notes 2; Textbook (Titman et al: Ch.10 (pp. 301-308 & from p. 315 to the end of the chapter))
3 Topic: Time Value of Money – Valuing Debt Instruments Activity: Lecture/Workshop/Tutorial (Tutorial 2 Questions) Reading: Lecture Notes 3; Textbook (Titman et al: Ch.9 (up to p. 281))
4 Topic: Time Value of Money – Making Investment Decisions Activity: Lecture/Workshop/Tutorial (Tutorial 3 Questions) Reading: Lecture Notes 4; Textbook (Titman et al: pp. 378-380 (read first), & pp. 335-343)
5 Topic: Diversification – Defining Risk and Understanding its Relationship with Return Activity: Lecture/Tutorial (Tutorial 4 Questions) Reading: Lecture Notes 5; Textbook (Titman et al: Ch.7)
6 Topic: Diversification – Portfolio Theory Activity: Lecture/Tutorial (Tutorial 5 Questions) Reading: Lecture Notes 6; Textbook (Titman et al: Ch.8 (up to p. 238))
7 Topic: Diversification – The Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), the Required Rate of Return for Risk and the Cost of Capital Activity: Lecture/Workshop/Tutorial (Tutorial 6 Questions) Reading: Lecture Notes 7; Textbook (Titman et al: Ch.8 & 14 (up to p. 469))
8 Topic: Arbitrage – Futures Contracts Part (A) Activity: Lecture/Workshop/Tutorial (Tutorial 7 Questions) Reading: Lecture Notes 8; Textbook (Titman et al: Ch.20)
9 Topic: Arbitrage – Futures Contracts Part (B) and Options Contracts Part (A) Activity: Lecture/Workshop/Tutorial (Tutorial 8 Questions) Reading: Lecture Notes 9; Textbook (Titman et al: Ch.20)
10 Topic: Arbitrage – Options Contracts Part (B) Activity: Lecture/Workshop/Tutorial (Tutorial 9 Questions) Reading: Lecture Notes 10; Textbook (Titman et al: Ch.20)
11 Topic: Arbitrage – Forwards, Futures and Options Contracts as Tools for Risk Management Activity: Lecture/Workshop/Tutorial (Tutorial 10 Questions) Reading: Lecture Notes 11; Textbook (Titman et al: Ch.20)
12 Topic: Final Exam Details, Jobs in Finance Activity: Lecture/Tutorial (Tutorial 11 Questions) Reading: Lecture Notes 12

Tutorial Registration

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Final Examination 100 % 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 100 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Final Examination

The final examination will be closed-book and based on all the work covered throughout the duration of the semester. The final examination is worth 100% of the overall course grade. The exam will include a mixture of theoretical and numerical questions. Students will be provided with further details regarding the exam as it approaches (no later than week 12). This assessment task needs to be completed in pen (NOT PENCIL).

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Jo Drienko
6125 0487

Research Interests

Dr Jo Drienko

Pei Luo
6125 0487

Research Interests

Pei Luo

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