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MAF101 - Fundamentals of 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)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Annette Nguyen
Trimester 3: Chien-Ting (Ed) Lin
Trimester 2: Amirul Ahsan
Incompatible with: MAF202 (2001 version only)
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, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 3 scheduled online seminars


Topics to be addressed in this introductory finance unit include: what finance is and why it is important to individuals and businesses; basic mathematical concepts involving the time value of money determining present values and future values; the basics of Australian monetary system and the determination of interest rate; the nature of return and risk; risk/return measurement and application; the basics of Australian financial system; foreign exchange market and transactions; the basics of global financial markets.


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

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Describe, analyse and apply key financial concepts, including the importance and functions of finance in business organization; time value of money; Australian monetary system; risk-return measurement and trade-off in terms of individual asset and portfolio; Australian financial system, as well as global financial markets.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Utilize tools and technology, such as basic algebra, Microsoft Office software and internet resources, to collect, evaluate and organize financial information.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking


Conduct academic and practical analysis on real-world financial issues and supply feasible solutions based on processed information.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


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 4 x 1-hour 10% Weeks 3, 5, 7 & 11
Assessment 2: (Group of 3-4  students) - Written assignment 4,000 words 30% Week 9
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.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MAF101 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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