Financial Economics

Semester 2 2020 unit of study availability

Some Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences units of study originally intended to run in Semester 2, 2020 are no longer available.

A full and up-to-date list of units of study available in Semester 2, 2020 from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, can be found on this webpage.
 

Financial Economics

Advanced Coursework

Advanced Coursework requires completion of a minimum of 24 credit points, including:
(i) a research, community, industry or entrepreneurship project of at least 12 and up to 36 credit points.
Advanced Coursework units of study
ECOS4202 Advanced Macroeconomic Policy

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1X3hr seminar/week Prerequisites: ECOS3997 or ECON3999 or ECON3998 Prohibitions: ECOS3902 or ECON4902 or ECON4910 or ECON4915 Assessment: 1x1250 words Analytical Report (25%), 1x1250 words Policy Research Essay (25%), 1x2hr exam Final exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study aims to provide students with advanced theoretical knowledge and skill sets for analysing macroeconomic policy issues and practice in Australia and internationally from both a historical and contemporary perspective. This unit introduces a set of modern macroeconomic models that provide insights into policy debates and can also be used for analysing contemporary government policies. Examples will be drawn from various policies not just within Australia, but also from countries and regions such as the US, Asia, South America and Europe.
ECOS4211 The Economics of Corporate Finance

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x3 hr lecture/seminar per week Prerequisites: ECOS3997 or ECON3999 or ECON3998 Assessment: Weeklyx1000wds equivalent Assignments (10%), 2x1.5hr Mid-semester exams (50%), 1x2hr Final exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit aims to equip the student with skills to evaluate economic aspects of corporate finance and corporate governance. It will emphasize the role of informational asymmetries in the underlying interactions. The unit will allow the students to explore cutting-edge topics in microeconomics and the theory of incentives. The themes covered will include the structure of the firm, the models of credit rationing and determinants of firm's borrowing capacity. We will further turn to corporate financing under asymmetric information and contract design, explore monitoring in corporate finance and design of securities, control rights and corporate governance.
Advanced Coursework project units of study
ECOS4206 Economics Project A

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: ECOS3997 or ECON3999 or ECON3998 Assessment: 1x1000wd Literature Review (20%), 1x2500wd Research proposal (60%), 1x1000wd Quantitative Assignment (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit deals with the nature and practice of research and inquiry in applied economics. Topics covered will include: the scientific method; inductive thought and deductive logic; research as an orderly process of inquiry; preparation of research proposals; sources of data for economists; quantitative methods used to work with data, writing skills, ethics in research and other relevant topics. Examples of research in theoretical economics, empirical/applied research and wider debates in scientific disciplines will be used to illustrate topics.
ECOS4207 Economics Project B

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: ECOS4206 and (ECOS4201 or ECOS4202) Assessment: 1x1000wd Presentation (30%), 1x3500wd Final Report (70%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit students will be presented with a research question in economics based on a real-world problem or issue. Initially, the research problem will be presented by the instructor or a guest lecturer. Supporting lectures will be delivered on appropriate theoretical concepts and quantitative methods required to conduct the research. Students will interact with the instructor to define the detail of the research problem, the approach for analysis and feedback on their work. Following this, students will construct a detailed literature review, collect and analyse data, and present the research results in written form.