Courses & Units

Principles of Financial Management BFA503


This unit introduces students to the major concepts and analytical tools used in the theory and practice of financial management within an Australian context. It is designed to provide students with an understanding of: the scope and nature of the finance function and its role within management; and the theory of finance and how it underpins the evaluation of investment, financing and dividend policies. This unit will also develop practical skills in the identification and analysis of financial problems.


Unit name Principles of Financial Management
Unit code BFA503
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Accounting
Coordinator Doctor Richard Mawulawoe Ahadzie
Delivered By University of Tasmania and Third Party(ies): ECA
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

* 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 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Compare financial management concepts and evaluate alternatives to make financial risk and capital decisions.
  • Critique financial decision-making in an Australian business.
  • Justify financial decisions to a diverse audience.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
080101 $1,892.00 $1,482.00 not applicable $2,837.00

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Mutual Exclusions

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



Teaching Pattern

4 x 3-hour workshops (in addition a 1-hour orientation workshop will held in week 1)

Weekly pre-recorded lectures on MyLO

AssessmentOnline quiz (20%)|Group case study and presentation (40%)|Take-home exam (40%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



You will need the following text [available from the Co-op Bookshop]:

Parrino, R, D, Au Yong, HH, Morkel-Kingsbury, N, Dempsey, M, Ekanayake S, James, J & Murray, J 2019, Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Qld.


Peirson, G, Brown, R, Easton, S, Howard, P, & Pinder, S, 2015, Business Finance, 12th edn, McGraw Hill, Sydney.

Petty, JW, Keown, AJ, Scott Jr, DF, Martin, JD, Martin, P, Burrow, M & Nguyen H, 2009, Financial Management, 5th edn, Pearson Education, NSW.

Ross, SA, Christensen, S, Drew, M, Thompson, M, Westerfield, RW & Jordan, B J 2014, Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, 6th ed., McGraw-Hill, Sydney.

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