Courses & Units

Fundamentals of Financial Markets and Institutions BEA112


Finance is a discipline that deals with the sources and uses of money by individuals, businesses and governments. Financial institutions and markets are the structures through which individuals and organisations access finance. These institutions and markets are therefore an effective lens to understand the fundamentals of finance. Commencing with the way institutions and markets balance the supply and demand for funds in the economy, this unit builds an introductory understanding of business finance. We will study the analytical tools employed by investment, lending and market professionals. Real world examples from local and global markets provide a thorough introduction to different dimensions of financial market and how participants make financial decisions.


Unit name Fundamentals of Financial Markets and Institutions
Unit code BEA112
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Finance
Coordinator Doctor Moses Kangogo
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the composition and structure of the Australian and international financial market.
  • Discuss how financial markets and institutions are regulated in Australian and global context.
  • Assess major economic and financial challenges and explain their implications for financial markets and institutions.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



AssessmentOnline Quizzes (15%)|Homework Submission (20%)|Group Assignment (25%)|Final exam (40%)
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Valentine, T., O'Hara, L., Ford, G., & Watanabe, T., 2019, Fundamentals of Financial Markets and Institutions in Australia (2nd edn), Pearson Australia (ISBN: 9781488614989)


In addition to the texts/software recommended above, you are also expected to be familiar with the key academic journals in the discipline from which useful insights may be derived. In particular, you are encouraged to review regularly the relevant papers that are published in:

Wall Street Journals, CBS, Yahoo Finance, and etc.

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