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MAF203 - Business Finance


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Sagarika Mishra
Trimester 2: Daisy Doan
Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 3 scheduled online seminars


The focus of this unit is the financial function of a typical firm. The finance manager's role in financial decisions is emphasised. Topics include: investments and firm valuation concepts; risk and rates of return; capital budgeting and project evaluation; capital structure; cost of capital; and dividend policy.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Comprehend conceptual foundation for financial decision-making in a typical business firm.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Evaluate risk-return trade-off in firm's financial decisions.

GLO4: Critical thinking


Apply relevant analytical techniques for valuation of bond and share, short-term and long-term investment and financing decisions and working capital management.

GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Analyse implications of alternative methods of capital financing and of alternative capital structures to cost of capital and value of a firm.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Analyse theory and practice of dividend policy.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: (Individual) - Online Test   5% Week 5
Assessment 2: (Individual) - Online Test   5% Week 8
Assessment 3: (Group of 3 or 4) Assignment 3,000 words 30% Week 10
Examination 2-hours 60% Exam period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

Hurdle requirement achieve at least 50% of the marks available on the examination

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MAF203 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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