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FIN3101 Finance Theory and Applications

Semester 2, 2012 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Chandrasekhar Krishnamurti
Moderator: Frank Elston


Pre-requisite: FIN1101 and STA2300 and FIN2302

Other requisites

Recommended - pre-requisite FIN2105. Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


This course extends the material presented in FIN1101 and FIN2302. It also introduces further more advanced theory and applications thereof. Firstly, some fundamental issues in finance such as the consumption/investment trade-off and the interaction of that decision with capital markets (under conditions of certainty) are introduced. The arithmetic of mean-variance portfolio theory is then presented. This allows portfolio theory to be developed, which then leads into the presentation of the related capital asset pricing model together with two important applications. The important 'existence' issue of an optimal capital structure is then examined by way of the propositions resulting from Modigliani and Miller's analysis together with some alternative theories of capital structure. Empirical evidence on capital structure is examined and the various theories of capital structure assessed from a practical point of view. Various methods of evaluating the levered firm are then developed with particular emphasis given to the incidence of taxes in a dividend imputation tax system. Finally, the interesting and important area of mergers, acquisitions and governance is explored. Formerly FIN2101.


On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. explain how a company's manager can make financial decisions that will be supported by all shareholders through the existence of a capital market, which in turn determines an optimal investment/dividend policy under conditions of certainty
  2. demonstrate the numeracy skills required by a company's manager by calculating all the necessary measures of risk and return that become the building blocks of mean-variance portfolio theory
  3. understand and apply in appropriate circumstances, modern portfolio theory together with the related capital asset pricing model to solve problems facing a company's manager or a financial planner
  4. understand the theory behind cost of capital measurements of a firm and apply them
  5. analyse competently and coherently communicate advice to management in respect of capital structure decisions, including the major theories of capital structure
  6. (a) outline the empirical evidence from recent studies on capital structure and assess the implications of the evidence for the trade-off, pecking order and free cash flows theories (b) prepare practical applications of EBIT-EPS analysis
  7. examine the interaction of the investment and financing decisions, and apply techniques for incorporating the effects of the financing decision into capital budgeting including due recognition of the dividend imputation system
  8. understand the theory behind the different forms of payouts to shareholders and its applications in the Australian context
  9. provide a framework of analysis for mergers and acquisitions and discuss the issues related to corporate control and governance.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Consumption, investment and the capital market 6.00
2. Portfolio risk/return analysis 8.00
3. Portfolio theory 10.00
4. CAPM and its applications 12.00
5. Cost of capital: theory and estimation 8.00
6. Principles of capital structure 12.00
7. Capital structure decisions 8.00
8. Payout policy: theory and practice 12.00
9. Investment and financing decisions 12.00
10. Mergers, corporate control and governance 12.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Peirson, G, Brown, R, Easton, S, Howard, P & Pinder, S 2009, Business finance, 10th edn, McGraw-Hill, North Ryde, New South Wales.
  • Summers, J & Smith, B 2010, Communication skills handbook, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Atrill, P & McLaney, EF 2011, Financial management for decision makers, 6th edn, Financial Times Prentice Hall, Harlow, England.
  • Besley, S & Brigham, EF 2008, Essentials of managerial finance, 14th edn, Thomson/South Western, Mason, Ohio.
  • Brealey, RA, Myers, SC & Allen, F 2011, Principles of corporate finance, 10th edn, McGraw-Hill/Irwin, New York.
  • Ross, SA, Westerfield, RW & Jaffe, J 2010, Corporate finance, 9th edn, McGraw Hill/Irwin, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Van Horne, JC & Wachowicz, JM Jr 2009, Fundamentals of financial management, 13th edn, Financial Times Prentice Hall, Harlow, England.

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
CMA TEST 1 10 10 05 Aug 2012
CMA TEST 2 30 30 07 Oct 2012
2-HOUR EXAMINATION 100 60 End S2 (see note 1)

  1. The examination is scheduled to be held in the end-of-semester examination period. Students will be advised of the official examination date after the timetable has been finalised.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval of the examiner, then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This is a restricted examination. Candidates are allowed access to specific materials during the examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination). It is essential that students attempting this course have a quiet battery-operated non-programmable calculator, such as the Casio fx-82TL scientific calculator, or an equivalent. Students are not permitted to take mobile telephones, pagers or other electronic means of communication into the examination room.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access: Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at