Courses & Units

Finance for Managers BFA728



This unit introduces you to the major concepts and analytical tools used in the theory and practice of financial management in a business organisation. It is designed to provide you 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 also develops your practical skills in the identification and analysis of financial problems. Specifically, this unit considers the role and objectives of financial management, financial planning, working capital management, risk and return, capital budgeting, the capital market, sources of finance, the cost of capital, operating and financial leverage, the financial structure decision and dividend policy. As business and commerce graduate you may follow a career path that may lead to owning your own business or being part of an organisation in a management role. This unit provides the theoretical framework that will allow you to understand the goal of a financial manager and help you make financial management decisions. In this unit you will learn concepts and techniques that are essential in the process of running a business, and which are applicable to the wealth creation and management of entities that range from major corporations to small businesses and individuals.


Unit name Finance for Managers
Unit code BFA728
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Accounting and Corporate Governance

Roger Colbeck

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

LO1Explain the theoretical underpinnings and processes in financial decision making.
LO2Apply concepts to financial decisions that incorporate risk and return.
LO3Communicate financial information clearly and accurately in written form in a variety of business situations.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,702.00 010103

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Mutual Exclusions

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

BFA772, BFA703, BFA503



Quizzes (12%), Application questions (8%), Case Study Analysis (20%), Examination (60%).

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Parrino, R, Kidwell, D, Au Yong, H H, Morkel-Kingsbury, N, Dempsey, M & Murray, J 2014, Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, 2nd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Qld.

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