• Class Number 6959
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Anna von Reibnitz
    • Dr Anna von Reibnitz
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
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).

Examination Material or equipment

Please see the Wattle course site for information on examination material, which will be released by the end of week 4 (for the mid-semester examination) and by the end of week 11 (for the final examination).

Required Resources

No required textbook.

Titman, S., Martin, T., Keown, A., and J. Martin, Financial Management: Principles and Applications, 8th Edition, Pearson Education, 2019.

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, and an e-book can be accessed from: primo.exlibrisgroup.com

Staff Feedback

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

  • Interactions with lecturer and tutor(s) in consultations and tutorials/workshops/lectures.
  • Through assessments where the lecturer and tutors will provide specific feedback.

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Other Information


You final mark for the course will be based on the raw marks allocated for each of your assessment items. However, your final mark may not be the same number as produced by that formulate, as marks may be scaled. Any scaling applied will preserve the rank order of raw marks (i.e. if your raw mark exceeds that of another student, then your scaled mark will exceed or be the same as the scaled mark of that student), and may result in a score that is either higher or lower than the raw mark calculated.

Support for Students

The University offers a number of support services for students. Information on these is available online from http://students.anu.edu.au/studentlife/


If necessary, the lecturer and tutor(s) for this course will contact students on their official ANU student email address. Information about your enrollment 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.

Assessment Requirements

As a further academic integrity control, students may be selected for a 15 minutes individual oral examination of their written assessment submissions.

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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Topic: Course Overview, Introduction to Financial Markets & Time Value of Money; Activities: Lecture; Reading: Lecture Notes 1; CFA Code of Ethics, CFA Standards of Professional Conduct, Sections I and VII
2 Topic: Time Value of Money – Financial Maths; Activities: Lecture/Workshop/Tutorial; Reading: Lecture Notes 2 Tutorial 1 Questions
3 Topic: Time Value of Money – Valuing Shares;Activities: Lecture/Workshop/Tutorial;Reading: Lecture Notes 3 Tutorial 2 QuestionsQuiz 1
4 Topic: Time Value of Money – Valuing Debt Instruments;Activities: Lecture/Workshop/Tutorial;Reading: Lecture Notes 4 Tutorial 3 QuestionsQuiz 2
5 Topic: Time Value of Money – Making Investment Decisions;Activities: Lecture/Workshop/Tutorial;Reading: Lecture Notes 5 Tutorial 4 Questions
6 Topic: Diversification – Defining Risk and Understanding its Relationship with Return;Activities: Lecture/Workshop/Tutorial;Reading: Lecture Notes 6 Tutorial 5 Questions Quiz 3
7 Topic: Diversification – Portfolio Theory;Activities: Lecture/Workshop/Tutorial;Note: The mid-semester exam will be held during the week 7 lecture time. Lecture Topic 7 will be split between the week 6 and week 7 workshop times. Reading: Lecture Notes 7 Tutorial 6 QuestionsMid-Semester exam
8 Topic: Diversification – CAPM and The Required Rate of Return for Risk;Activities: Lecture/Workshop/Tutorial;Reading: Lecture Notes 8 Tutorial 7 Questions
9 Topic: Arbitrage - Futures and Forward Contracts;Activities: Lecture/Workshop/Tutorial;Reading: Lecture Notes 9 Tutorial 8 QuestionsQuiz 4
10 Topic: Arbitrage – Futures, Forwards and Options Contracts;Activities: Lecture/Workshop/Tutorial;Reading: Lecture Notes 10 Tutorial 9 Questions
11 Topic: Arbitrage – Options Contracts;Activities: Lecture/Workshop/Tutorial;Reading: Lecture Notes 11 Tutorial 10 QuestionsQuiz 5
12 Topic: Arbitrage – Forwards, Futures and Options Contracts for Risk Management and Review Workshop;Activities: Lecture/Workshop/Tutorial;Reading: Lecture Notes 12 Tutorial 11 Questions

Tutorial Registration

Tutorials commence in Week 2 of the semester and will be held on campus. ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage (https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/timetabling).

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
In-Tutorial Quizzes 15 % 07/08/2023 27/10/2023 1,2,3,4
Mid-Semester Assessment 25 % 21/09/2023 19/10/2023 1,2,3,4
Final Examination 60 % 02/11/2023 30/11/2023 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 Integrity 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 Academic Skills 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.


Course content delivery will take the form of weekly on-campus lectures (recorded and available via echo360 on Wattle), weekly on-campus workshops (recorded and available via echo360 on Wattle) and weekly on-campus tutorials.


The mid-semester assessment will be held on campus in person during lecture time in teaching week 6, with details to be provided no later than teaching week 4 of the semester. The final examination will be on campus in person, is centrally scheduled through Examinations, and will be timetabled prior to the examination period (please check ANU Timetabling for further information). Please see the Wattle course site for information on examination material, which will be released by the end of week 4 (for the mid-semester examination) and by the end of week 10 (for the final examination).

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 07/08/2023
Return of Assessment: 27/10/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

In-Tutorial Quizzes

Students will be required to sit 5 in-tutorial quizzes throughout the semester.

· These quizzes will be run according to the schedule in the "Class Structure and Content" section of this summary (unless otherwise stated by the lecturer).

· The quizzes will be 10 – 15 minutes in duration and held at the end of the tutorial.

· Students MUST sit the quiz in the tutorial they are enrolled in, otherwise the quiz will not count.

· The content for the quizzes will be limited to the required material for the topic on which the tutorial is held (the previous week’s lecture and workshop material).

· Students’ best 4 marks will count towards 15% of their overall course grade.

· Students will receive their marked quizzes back in the tutorial the following week.

· This assessment task needs to be completed in pen (NOT PENCIL).

Note: Students are required to prepare worked solutions to tutorial questions, bring these solutions to tutorials, and be prepared to participate in tutorial discussions. This is an important step in preparing for the tutorial quizzes.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 21/09/2023
Return of Assessment: 19/10/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Mid-Semester Assessment

The mid-semester assessment will be based on the content covered in lectures 1 to 5, inclusive, as well as content in corresponding workshops and tutorials. This examination will include a mixture of theoretical and numerical questions. It will be redeemable, and will therefore count towards either 0% or 25% of a student's overall course grade. Students will be provided with further details regarding the exam by the end of Week 4. The exam will be held during the week 7 lecture time. The exam will be held on campus in person.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 02/11/2023
Return of Assessment: 30/11/2023
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 60% (or 85% if the mid-semester exam is redeemed) of the overall course grade. The exam will be held on campus in person. The exam will include a mixture of theoretical and numerical questions. Students will be provided with further details regarding the exam by the end of week 10. This assessment task needs to be completed in pen (NOT PENCIL). The final exam is centrally scheduled through Examinations, and will be timetabled prior to the examination period (please check ANU Timetabling for further information). Exam scripts will not be returned. The due date references the start of the exam period, with the final exam date still to be determined.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

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

Hardcopy Submission

There are no hardcopy submissions in the course.

Late Submission

No late submission of assessment tasks will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date and time, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

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 Anna von Reibnitz

Research Interests

Current research interests include: funds management; asset pricing; gender equality

Dr Anna von Reibnitz

Friday 12:30 14:30
Friday 12:30 14:30
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Research Interests

Dr Anna von Reibnitz

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