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Foundational Mathematics for Business (BUS130)

Organisational Unit Business
Credit Points 3
Availability DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal
Description This unit aims to show students how quantitative analysis facilitates personal and corporate financial decisions by focusing on financial mathematics to value debt and equity securities. The valuation process considers the respective security's cash flows, time value of money and the associated risk. The unit introduces techniques used to collect, calculate, and interpret information used as the basis for pricing mortgage loans, evaluating superannuation performance and quantifying and selecting investment alternatives.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Appreciate that trends in the financial and economic environment affect business and financial success and enhance the need for numeracy, financial literacy and planning.
2. Explain the time value of money concept and use your financial calculator to solve time value of money problems.
3. Value bonds, debentures, preference shares and ordinary shares.
4. Organise data and construct and interpret visual displays of data relevant to particular situations.
5. Input data and use Excel to generate summary statistics.
6. Interpret probabilities.
7. Generate scatterplots and related statistics using Excel and interpret the results.
8. Explain issues of information asymmetry in relation to financial structure, credit markets, and venture capital firms.
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshops: 2 hours per teaching week
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit is delivered using blended learning design features with core unit materials provided in a digital format, followed up by small class knowledge application and skills development. This is enhanced by self directed learning to further develop skills and application of knowledge to practical and current issues.
Assessment Workshop participation Quality of preparation and contribution 15%
Mid-Semester Test 2 Hours + 10 mins reading. Topics 1-4 25%
Assignment Topics 5-8 Available on unit page. 15%
Final Examination Closed Book. Topics 1-11 45%
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed BUS140 Principles of Finance and Banking or BUS140 Introduction to Finance may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Accounting (BBus) [New in 2014]
Banking (BBus) [New in 2014]
Business Law (BBus) [New in 2014]
Finance (BBus) [New in 2014]
Hospitality and Tourism Management (BBus) [New in 2014]
Human Resources Management (BBus) [New in 2014]
International Business (BBus) [New in 2014]
Management (BBus) [New in 2014]
Marketing (BBus) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Minors Banking
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Ms Vanessa Grida

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2254
e: Vanessa.Grida@murdoch.edu.au
o: 512.2.026 - Building 512, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

Ms Vanessa Grida

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2254
e: Vanessa.Grida@murdoch.edu.au
o: 512.2.026 - Building 512, Murdoch Campus

Ms Carole Brady

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2889
e: C.Brady@murdoch.edu.au
o: 512.2.027 - Building 512, Murdoch Campus
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