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GSBS6145:International Financial Management


MISSION: Our Mission is to advance responsible and impactful business knowledge. To achieve our mission, we develop life ready graduates and build global and local partnerships through ethical and innovative practices.


Course Description The course undertakes an in-depth examination of international

f inancial markets and instruments, f oreign exchange regimes and

exchange rate determination. A signif icant part of his course also

covers alternative methods of f inancing international operations and

strategies f or f oreign direct investment and alternative methods .

Please note: students will study in a format that complies with COVID-19 restrictions in

place at the time. This may mean face to face in person study or live delivery via


Contact Hours Lecture:

Face to Face on Campus

3 hours(s) per week f or 12 weeks

Unit Weighting 10 units

Assumed Knowledge GSBS6130  Corporate Finance

Workload Students are required to spend on average  120-140  hours of eff ort

(contact and non-contact) including assessments per 10 unit course.

Please refer to the course CANVAS site for details of teaching staff for ALL course

offerings. The primary contact for courses is the Course Coordinator, whose details

are listed on the course CANVAS site.

A minimum of one (1) hour consultation per week .  Please see

course CANVAS site f or details of time and location.

On successful completion of this course, students will be

able to:

1.    Apply appropriate f ormats and technologies to f inancial communication;

2.   Analyse, apply and evaluate information within the global            f inancial environment of foreign exchange to solve problems and make informed decisions;

3.    Review the problems of dealing in foreign currency and the advantages and disadvantages of overseas f unding;

4.    Recognise and calculate forward exchange rates given spot rates;

5.    Identify market conventions on exchange rate quotation and correctly calculate those quotations;

6.    Demonstrate an integrative understanding of the foreign          exchange market and the relationships between interest rates, spot and forward rates and expected inf lation rates;

7.   Comprehend the range of hedging strategies including forward rate hedging and contingent hedging;

8.    Explain the use of f utures and option contracts in hedging foreign exchange exposure; and

9.   Analyse, evaluate and synthesise both quantitative and               qualitative f inancial information to inf luence problem solving and decision-making .


This course has 3 assessments . Each assessment is described in more detail in the sections










Mid-Trimester Test

Week 6 in Class or online



1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,

7, 8


Group Assignment Written and Oral


Written Report:

Monday , Week 12 by 5:00pm

Presentation: Week

12 in Class or online.



1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,



Final Exam

Formal Examination Period



1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,

7, 8, 9

Please note: students are advised that ALL assessments must be submitted in English. Assessments not submitted in English will receive a mark of zero

Results of individual assessment items and final results, including those provided via the Learning Management System (LMS) are unofficial results until they are confirmed as finalised by the School Assessment Body and the Head of School or delegate. Finalised results are released directly to students on the Fully Graded Date of the relevant Semester/Trimester.

Time referenced is time in Newcastle, NSW.

Late Submissions

The mark f or an assessment item submitted after the designated time   on the due date, without an approved extension of time, will be reduced by 10% of the possible maximum mark f or that assessment item f or      each day or part day that the assessment item is late.

Note: this applies equally to week and weekend days .

Assessment 1 Mid-Trimester Test

Assessment Type

In Term Test


Students apply critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills in the context of questions relevant to the f oreign exchange market .


The quiz will cover material f rom Weeks 1 to 5  (inclusive) and will include both practical and theoretical problems . The quiz is closed-book and a non- programmable calculator is required . A f ormulae sheet will be provided . More details will be provided by the lecturer during the trimester.

Note: Offshore students will be required to complete this assessment during timetabled class time. Please see course CANVAS site for further details.