The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


World leaders in government and business frequently refer to the important role of “the global economy”. Globalization has resulted in organizations operating in complex international environments, making use of more extensive cross-border financial information. As a result it is essential for managers to have an understanding of international dimensions of financial management. The fundamentals of financial management are introduced from the perspective of finance managers in a firm, namely those making investment and financing decisions. Students will explore how to financially manage an organization, and assess key financial decisions including raising capital, international investments, foreign exchange management, and global portfolio management. Students will also have an opportunity to learn how financial markets are structured and operated by using real-world data analysis in a trading laboratory.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Sydney Elizabeth Street

  • Trimester 3 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify the operations of the developed global financial markets, the trading of financial instruments, and the role of regulatory bodies

2. Apply competences with financial analytical skills required to evaluate the performance of the firm, including the interpretation of financial data

3. Evaluate the financial instruments used in the equity and debt markets for funding the corporation

4. Critically analyse the issues underlying the capital structure theory and practices to achieve the optimal debt to equity ratio

5. Discuss advanced topics in corporate financial management including specialized topics such as international investments, foreign exchange management, and global portfolio management


The content in this course includes the following:

  • Introduction to financial markets and data
  • Regulations and regulatory bodies in developed financial markets
  • Equity Financing
  • Debt financing
  • International investment and global portfolio management
  • Foreign exchange management
  • Cost of capital and the optimal capital structure
  • Agency Cost
  • Taxation


To enrol in this course you must be active in the Master of Business Administration (Global) program (40160).

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Essay: Written Assignment 2

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct and Sydney Elizabeth Street


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

This course consists of 36 hours lecturer-guided instruction per teaching period, offered in three hour workshops per week.