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Treasury Management (BUS244)

Organisational Unit Business
Credit Points 4
Description The unit provides an introduction to fundamental concepts associated with the management of risk within an institution. Broadly, it will cover the basic financial engineering tools, the yield curve and the pricing of fixed income instruments. Specific instruments including futures, Forward Rate Agreements (FRAs), options and swaps will be discussed in detail. The unit will also consider the trading environment, focusing on market structures and function.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students will be able to:
LO1: Discuss the manner in which financial instruments are traded on financial markets;
LO2: Explain the concept of arbitrage, and its implications for market efficiency;
LO3: Apply arbitrage concepts to the valuation of financial instruments;
LO4: Critically evaluate the features and uses of the major derivative instruments;
LO5: Describe the role of hedged positions and how they can be set up and maintained; and
LO6: Communicate clear and coherent expositions of knowledge, ideas and evidence, both orally and in writing.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Integration of lectures, tutorials, group work and self-directed learning to develop quantitative skills and apply this knowledge to practical and current issues for treasury management decisions.
Assessment Class Participation Continuous 10%
Mid Term Test 30%
Perdisco e-workbook Continuous 20%
Final Examination 40%
Prerequisites BUS140 Principles of Finance and Banking or BUS130 Foundational Mathematics for Business.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed BUS288 Treasury Management may not enrol in this unit for credit.
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.


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Associate Professor Grant Cullen
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t: 9360 6026
e: G.Cullen@murdoch.edu.au
o: 512.2.023 - Murdoch Business School, Murdoch Campus
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