Faculty of Business and Economics

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Banking and Finance
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2014 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2014 (Evening)
Caulfield Second semester 2014 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2014 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)David Robinson


This unit covers five pillars of corporate treasury management:

  • corporate finance (financing, investment, dividend payout)
  • debt and equity markets and product design
  • liquidity/net working capital management
  • risk transfer, retention and management (exchange rate risk, interest rate risk, credit risk, and loan concentration risk)
  • managing corporate treasury as a strategic unit.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. design corporate treasury as a strategic business unit with clear structure, roles, functions and control systems
  2. design a risk management framework that reflects the risk appetite of the firm
  3. design risk management strategies including hedging techniques for commodity, interest rate and foreign exchange risk management
  4. design sensitivity analysis, scenario analysis, stress testing approaches and apply real option analysis to assist corporate treasurers to analyse investment projects
  5. design structured and option embedded debt and equity products with emphasis on pricing and market considerations
  6. appraise empirical approaches to net working capital management and liquidity management and the treasurer's role in managing profit-risk trade-off
  7. debate empirical estimation of 'optimal' capital structure and the treasurer's role in optimising debt-equity mix using both short and long term funding
  8. debate Australia's dividend imputation tax system and its implications for corporate treasury goals and operations
  9. evaluate treasury management systems and other decision support systems
  10. apply critical thinking, problem solving and presentation skills to individual and / or group activities dealing with corporate treasury management and demonstrate in both individual and group summative assessment tasks the acquisition of a comprehensive understanding of the topics covered by BFF5250.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester


Students must be enrolled in course 0504, 2619, 3189, 3818, 3850 or 4412 to undertake this unit.