Case Studies in Applied Finance (Master of Applied Finance) (AFCP811)

This unit provides an understanding of the finance industry and its integral role in the modern economy. The focus is on a high level, fully integrated overview of the major participants, their roles, interactions and the purpose they endeavour to fill for all stakeholders in the economy. The key structures of the finance system are examined, and how they usually work and sometimes do not work. Case studies of actual events and participants will be used to provide a sense of the application of finance in the real world – what actually happens as well as what should happen.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain and assess the role and contribution of the financial system in a modern economy.
  2. Examine the roles and functions of participants in the finance industry.
  3. Examine the forms of finance and their markets within the financial system.
  4. Apply knowledge and skills to assess contemporary case studies in applied finance.
  5. Examine the mechanics and management of financial transactions.
  6. Demonstrate effective communication to diverse audiences across different industry sectors.
  7. Reflect on own experiences and apply them to case studies from a variety of industries.


  1. The financial system and its participants
  2. The role of intermediaries in the financial system
  3. Forms of finance and markets
  4. Asset classes: debt and equity
  5. Asset classes: alternatives and commodities
  6. Payment mechanisms and foreign exchange
  7. The role of regulation
  8. Bringing it all together

Prerequisite Units:


Unit Guides:

  • Case Studies in Applied Finance - 2018. The link will provide a list of guides for this unit. If the desired term/location is not listed, please view the latest one available.

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