MAF306 - International Finance and Investment

Unit details


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Dianne Thomson
Trimester 2: Sohel Azad
Prerequisite:MAF202 or MAF203
Incompatible with: MFT306
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2 hour class, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 3 scheduled online seminars


This unit aims to develop an understanding of the international monetary systems and international financial markets, institutions and instruments. The unit introduces students to the complexities involved in cross-border transactions and undertakes an analysis of international parity conditions, foreign exchange markets, instruments and exchange rate systems. The breakdown in global financial markets and the resultant credit crisis has had significant and lasting impacts on the international money markets and Euro markets. The failure of financial institutions and the emerging debt crisis countries – the PIIGS (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain) – threaten the very viability of the European union in the wake of the global financial crisis. The causes and consequences of this breakdown in global financial markets is examined along with the issues of country risk, corporate governance issues, and foreign direct investment.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit. At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Apply a critical understanding of theoretical and practical knowledge of the structure, functions and operations of International Monetary Systems and globalized financial markets to a variety of cases/contexts.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Critically analyse and evaluate exchange rate determination and risk exposure management of business financing and investment activity. Consider these impacts on multi-national companies and countries, in order to review and implement appropriate risk management strategies.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Demonstrate individual accountability in collaboratively planning and implementing a research based team-project.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO7: Teamwork

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: Written Assignment (Group of 3) 3,000 words 30% Week 9
Assessment 2: Test(s) (multiple choice tests x 2)   10% Week 10
Examination 2-hours 60% Exam period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

Hurdle requirement: achieve at least 50% of the marks available on the examination

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MAF306 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

Unit Fee Information

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