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ECF2721

Faculty of Business and Economics

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Economics
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Horag Choi

Synopsis

This unit focuses on the topics of international finance and trade. This includes: the importance of international finance; the balance of payments accounts; the effect of macroeconomic policies on trade balance; foreign exchange markets-spot; forward; futures and options markets; the determination of exchange rates; parity conditions; hedging and speculation in foreign exchange markets; foreign investment; trade barriers.

Outcomes

The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. understand the concept of payments among nations and macroeconomic policies
  2. understand the operation of foreign exchange markets and alternative exchange rate systems
  3. understand the multinational corporations in international trade
  4. understand trade barriers: tariffs and nontariff trade barriers

Assessment

Within semester assessment: 30%
Examination: 70%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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