Graduate Diploma in Finance
- CRICOS Code: 083553B
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The Graduate Diploma in Finance consists of eight 12.5 point subjects, and will normally be completed in one year of full-time study or two years part-time. The 100 point program comprises of:
- 5 core subjects
- 3 elective subjects
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Students complete all of the following subjects:
- Quantitative Analysis of Finance I12.5
Quantitative Analysis of Finance I
This course is concerned with the application of quantitative tools to model, estimate and forecast financial variables. Topics considered include: the analysis of the properties of financial data (such as non-normality and non-stationarity); the application of estimation methods (such as unit roots and cointegration) to test the rational valuation model of share prices; the application of the GARCH class of models to estimate volatility and to test the capital asset pricing model.
- Economics of Finance12.5
Economics of Finance
This subject examines important features of financial markets, illustrating how economic analysis can aid understanding of those features. Topics considered may include: payments systems (drawing on network economics); security issuance techniques (drawing on auction theory); credit rationing (drawing on asymmetric economics); financial market regulation (drawing on the theory of regulation); macroeconomic determinants of financial prices; flow of funds analysis and long term influences on saving, investment and financial markets (such as retirement incomes policy); international debt defaults and enforcement and international agencies.
- Derivative Securities12.5
This subject covers derivative markets and derivative securities. It discusses pricing, risk management and regulatory aspects of derivative securities. Topics include: forwards and futures markets, options markets, arbitrage and trading securities, basic pricing concepts, the cost-of-carry model, the Black-Scholes model, hedging and risk management techniques.
- Financial Markets and Instruments12.5
Financial Markets and Instruments
The structure of the financial system; terminology, trading and pricing of money and capital market instruments; duration, value at risk, financial market volatility; term structure of interest rates; inflation, interest rates and indexed securities; regulation of securities markets and financial institutions; market; tax treatment of financial institutions; tax and company finance; futures markets; options markets; forward rate agreements; swaps; developments in retail financial markets.
Students complete one of:
- Accounting for Decision Making12.5
Accounting for Decision Making
This subject focuses on the nature of accounting for organisations from the perspective of a preparer and user of financial reports. The subject examines the methods of recording and reporting transactions and events and how to both prepare and analyse financial reports.
This includes obtaining an understanding of the judgements and decisions involved in the preparation of financial reports. The subject examines how these different judgements and accounting policy choices can impact the analysis of profitability, liquidity, financial stability and efficiency outcomes.
- Financial Statement Analysis12.5
Financial Statement Analysis
Financial Statement Analysis seeks to introduce students to the analysis and use of financial information for decision-making purposes. The subject considers how the information disclosed can be best utilised by creditors and investors in making their lending and investing decisions. Students consider the environment in which financial reporting exists, including the incentives faced by preparers of financial reports. From their assessment, students learn to adjust reported data as is typically done by analysts.
- Public Sector Financial Management12.5
Public Sector Financial Management
The structure of public sector finances; public sector financial accounting; the budget process; cash management and loan raising; public trading enterprises efficiency and accountability; pricing policies; revenue raising; investment appraisal.
- International Financial Management12.5
International Financial Management
Balance of payments analysis, foreign exchange markets and terminology, international financial markets and international banking, international investments and portfolio allocation, measuring and managing foreign exchange exposure, international capital budgeting and counting risk analysis, international corporate financing decisions.
- Financial Spreadsheeting12.5
The following topics will be covered: Financial Applications using Excel: basic spreadsheeting skills, functions and the function wizard, worksheet formatting and graphics. Financial problem solving tools: Solver, Goalseek and the Analysis Toolpak. Data management tools, subtotalling, consolidation, sorting filtering and pivot tables. Programming principles with applications to finance: object orientated programming, variable and control structures, writing Excel financial functions and subroutines, and creating add-ins. Communicating with the user of financial applications through message boxes, input boxes and dialogue boxes.
- Treasury Management12.5
This subject consists of a structured reading program and assignments and a series of seminars presented by practitioners on various aspects of Treasury Management and related themes. Topics covered include issues such as treasury functions, international borrowings, corporate ratings, foreign exchange exposure management, interest rate risk management, value based management, treasury performance measurement, liquidity management systems and controls, tax and accounting issues.
- Project Finance12.5
Definitions and examples of project financing; analysis of the risks and potential returns associated with major projects; participants involved in projects financing deals - financing techniques used in project finance; case studies of specific project financing.
- Property Investment, Development Finance12.5
Property Investment, Development Finance
This subject presents the principles, concepts and methods needed to analyse an investment in an existing property, to analyse a potential property development and to raise private and public debt or capital for property investment. Discounted cash flows and real estate economics are the basis of these analyses. The subject introduces students to principles of rent and vacancy determination; the application of real estate market analysis to the investment decision; the financial analysis of properties; mortgage financing and the role of public debt taxation; and raising private capital for property.
- Fundamentals of Portfolio Management12.5
Fundamentals of Portfolio Management
Investment principles, philosophies and processes. Application of modern portfolio theory; capital asset pricing models; equity valuation models and interest rate theory in managing various types of investment portfolios containing cash; and fixed interest securities and equities both domestic and international. Students use investment software to solve practical problems.
- Ethics In Finance12.5
Ethics In Finance
Ethical practices instil a public trust in the fairness of financial markets and transactions, allowing them to function efficiently. Ethical practices by finance and investment professionals benefit all market participants and stakeholders and lead to increased investor confidence in global capital markets. The perspectives acquired in this subject should be useful to students in their chosen finance profession as this subject presents a framework for ethical conduct in the investment profession by focusing on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct. Citing and discussing examples of the financial scandals that have shaken public confidence in the ethics of financial market participants, this subject explains the importance of ethics in the operation of financial institutions and in the personal conduct of finance professionals.
- Emerging Markets Finance12.5
Emerging Markets Finance
In today’s world economy, business is conducted in a global arena. As a result financial managers are expected to have a global perspective. Emerging economies are the engine of growth opportunities in the world economy: financial decision making at many levels is, hence, increasingly dealing with the developing world. This course offers a conceptual as well as an applied framework for analyzing emerging markets from multiple perspectives in order to prepare business leaders to make sense of the challenges and make the most of the opportunities of succeeding in a globalized world.
This course is intended for post-graduate (Masters) students specializing in Finance with an interest in exploring business opportunities and future work in emerging markets or in financial decision making involving investments or corporate relations with the developing world. The course builds on the finance concepts learnt in the first and second year finance courses and provides students with a different perspective of finance in an emerging markets context - vital for a modern finance professional. Expertise in emerging market finance will enhance students’ marketability at places like multinational companies, hedge funds and money management firms, commercial banks, investment banks, development banks, consulting firms and financial market regulators.