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MAF702 - Financial Markets


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), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Amirul Ahsan
Trimester 2: Michael D'Rosario
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 3 hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 3 scheduled online seminars


Topics addressed in this unit include: the operation and structure of a modern financial system (institutions, instruments and markets); direct and intermediated finance; interest rate determination and yield curve analysis; mathematical concepts; financial institutions; prudential supervision; equity markets and instruments; sources and types of short-term, medium-term and longer-term debt finance; financial instrument pricing; the foreign exchange markets; offshore funding in the international markets; and introduction to derivative instruments.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this unit students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Identify, explain and apply financial concepts and theories to diverse contexts.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Find, analyse and evaluate data and extant literature on financial markets from reliable sources.

GLO3: Digital literacy


Appraise, analyse and synthesise relevant data and literature to formulate and defend perspectives on financial markets and concepts and scenarios.

GLO4: Critical thinking


Solve contemporary ill-defined problems by selecting and applying appropriate methods.

GLO5: Problem solving


Coherently present and justify financial information and decisions in a business report. GLO2: Communication


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) Financial Markets Simulations   10% Week 5 & Week 9
Assessment 2: (Individual) Case Study Report 4,000 words 40% Week 7
Examination 2-hours 50% 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: MAF702 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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