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MPF753 - Finance


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 3, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 5 October 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:MAF753
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Mong Shan Ee
Trimester 3: Xiaoyang Li
Trimester 2: Robert Xiao
Incompatible with: MAF740, MBA722, MPT753

It is recommended that students without prior exposure to elementary statistics undertake MIS771 prior to studying this unit.

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


A financial calculator is recommended.

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This unit is designed as an introduction to the theoretical principles of finance and the practical requirements of financial management within for-profit corporate organisations. The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of the types of financial decisions that need to be taken in order to create value within the firm beyond that which shareholders could create on their own; and in doing so ensure the long term sustainability of the firm. Students will develop analytical skills for making key financial management decisions, including time-value-of money and risk-return analytics. It envelopes investment, financing, capital structure and payout decisions within the context of the Australian and international financial institutional frameworks. The unit will help students to develop an ability to apply basic mathematics to solve real-world financial decision problems. The unit will offer useful 'take-home' skills and knowledge relevant both for students who are running (or are planning to run) their own businesses as well as those employed (or seeking employment) in managerial positions within large companies.


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

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Identify and communicate the primary objectives and fundamental principles of financial management and corporate financial decision making.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Evaluate and apply analytical techniques for making financial decisions.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Demonstrate critical analysis, problem solving and creative thinking.

GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Make best use of technologies to find, use and disseminate financial information.

GLO3: Digital literacy


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 

Assignment (Individual)

Part 1: Online assessment

Part 2: Practical assignment

Part 1: Weekly subissions via Aplia

Part 2: Written report

Part 1: 10%

Part 2: 30%

To be advised
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: MPF753 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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