Courses & Units

Banking and Financial Institutions BEA321


This is a third-year unit and a compulsory unit in the Economics Foundations and Finance majors in the Bachelor of Economics. It is an elective unit in Economic Analysis major in the Bachelor of Economics and the Finance major in the Bachelor of Business. The unit examines the Australian and international financial systems and analyses the different roles of intermediaries and markets and the role they play in the flow of funds in the economy, the use of financial instruments such as debt, options and other derivatives to manage risk in banks, prudential supervision, regulation and risk management; The role played by the foreign exchange market,the objectives of monetary policy, the role of financial markets in the operation of monetary policy. To adhere to the University’s blended learning policy, this unit will be offered by means of online short videos followed by an extended workshop (50 to 100 minutes) per week. Students watch online short videos, complete and submit weekly workshop questions, and then attend an extended workshop later in the following week. For the first week’s extended workshop, there will be a general introduction session for this unit.


Unit name Banking and Financial Institutions
Unit code BEA321
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Finance
Coordinator Associate Professor Joaquin Vespignani
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 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 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse the reasons why different financial institutions have distinct functions in the economy.
  • Assess how institutions and markets are regulated in domestic, and international environments, and be able to evaluate proposals for regulatory reform.
  • Evaluate how financial institutions assess and manage risk using some of the trading strategies and instruments available in financial markets.
  • Analyse the role and mandate of the Reserve Bank of Australia.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
081101 $1,892.00 $1,482.00 not applicable $2,837.00

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BEA220 OR BEA286


Teaching Pattern

Pre-recorded lectures (2 hours per week); Face-to-Face workshops (12 hours) for on-campus students; Online workshops (12 hours) for distance students.

AssessmentTwo Online Quizzes (40%)|Individual Assignment (30%)|Research Report (30%)
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Eakins & Mishkin (2018). Financial Markets and Institutions (Global Edition), 9th edn, PearsonPrentice Hall, Boston


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 maybe derived.

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Reserve Bank of Australia:

Federal Reserve of St Louis data:

European Central Bank:

Bank of Japan:

Economic Papers:

UTAS library E-Journal: LS&N=100&S=T_AZ&C=E

LinksBooktopia textbook finder

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