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International Financial Markets and Institutions (BUS390)

Organisational Unit Business
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description With the advent of globalisation, it has become increasingly important for anyone seeking to invest in international opportunities to understand the complexities of this environment. This unit examines global financial systems and markets including equity markets, money, bonds, and capital markets, and the managed funds industry giving students the skills to evaluate international investment opportunities within the financial markets of leading and emerging economies including the United States, China and Europe
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
ULO1: Analyse financial systems, the key players and markets within these systems, and evaluate some of the major instruments traded within these markets.
ULO2: Investigate the differences between of markets within the global financial system.
ULO3: Appraise leading and emerging financial markets, with regard to global investment opportunities.
ULO4: Critically evaluate monetary economics and the economic crises, including the ethical impacts that have confronted modern economies over the last decade.
ULO5: Effectively communicate financial information from a variety of global contexts
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshops: 2 hours per teaching week for South Street campus
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences The learning and teaching approach informing the assessment and activity selection and design in this unit are student-centred, constructivist, and outcome-based (SOLO), featuring predominantly active learning strategies with tasks that are open-ended, authentic, and scaffolded.
The unit uses blended learning which combines learning online with interactive workshops. Using this combination of online and face-to-face learning provides flexibility for all students to learn anytime (24/7), anywhere (with an Internet connection) at a pace that suits their learning style. In this unit students explore concepts online prior to workshops, through videos, audio, websites, simulations, readings, quizzes, blogs and online discussions. Workshops (online or face-to-face) are interactive and use active learning such as;
guided instruction (e.g. small group and whole class discussion), role plays, simulations, case studies, scenario-based tasks, problem-based tasks, project-based tasks, presentations and enquiry-based tasks.
Assessment Assessment in this unit is authentic, real-world and relevant; assessments are constructive, sequential and
inter-linked; requiring students to use and engage with progressively higher-order cognitive (skill-based)
processes; assessments are aligned with the desired learning outcomes; and, provide challenge, interest and motivation to learn.
Assessment comprises four assessments:
1. Research report 35%
2. Presentation: 15%
3. Final Exam: 50%
Prerequisites BUS161 Introduction to Economics or BUS171 Foundations of Economics
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed BUS290 International Financial Markets and Institutions may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Banking (BBus) [New in 2019]
Banking (BBus) [New in 2014]
Banking (BCom) [New in 2018]
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
Dr Wendy Ruan
Lecturer in Finance

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6028
e: W.Ruan@murdoch.edu.au
o: 512.2.033 - Building 512, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

Ms Vanessa Grida

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2254
e: Vanessa.Grida@murdoch.edu.au
o: 512.2.032 - Building 512, Murdoch Campus

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Wendy Ruan
Lecturer in Finance

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6028
e: W.Ruan@murdoch.edu.au
o: 512.2.033 - Building 512, Murdoch Campus
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