FINS1612 Capital Markets and Institutions - 2021

Term 3
6 Units of Credit
Banking & Finance
This course outline is for the current term. To view outlines from other years and/or terms, visit the archives

1. Course Details

Given the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in NSW, all Term 3 courses will be delivered online until at least Friday 22nd October and all assessment will be online throughout the term. The University remains hopeful that the situation will improve to allow for some on-campus activities later in Term 3 such as lab, practical and studio classes. UNSW will continue to review the situation regularly and keep students updated. For further information on how your study may be affected this term, please see FAQs here. See tab 8. Policies and Support in this course outline for tips on online study and assessment.

Summary of Course

This course will provide students with an introduction to Australian financial markets and an evaluation of the institutions, instruments and participants involved in the industry. The mainstream markets to be evaluated include the equity, debt, and the foreign exchange rate markets. The subject systematically reviews each of the mainstream financial markets and investigates the various institutional participants and the different types of financial instruments offered.

Teaching Times and Locations

Please note that teaching times and locations are subject to change. Students are strongly advised to refer to the Class Timetable website for the most up-to-date teaching times and locations.

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Course Policies & Support

Course Aims and Relationship to Other Courses

This course is a gateway course to the electives in each of the finance streams. It provides some of the basic tools that you will need in our advanced finance classes, as well as to contribute as a finance professional upon graduation.

2. Staff Contact Details

Position Title Name Email Location Phone Consultation Times
Lecturer-in-chargeDrNatalie OhRoom 3.44C, UNSW Business School building - Ref E12 +61 2 9385 9883TBC
Tutor-in-ChargeMrMenglong Harry Han
ILab InstructorMrJonghyeon Park

​For queries about lectures, lecture content and overall assessment matter, please contact the lecturer in-charge (Dr Natalie Oh). For queries about tutorials and tutorial content, please contact the tutor in-charge (Harry Han) . Anything related to ILab matters e.g. Login for Factsets, please consult the Ilab Instructor (Raphael Jonghyeon Park).

3. Learning and Teaching Activities

Approach to Learning and Teaching in the Course

There is a lot of material to cover in this class and we want to ensure that it will be relevant and meaningful to you in class and after your graduate. To promote and help achieve this objective we have a number of teaching aims.

  1. Create a climate of engagement, dialogue and ongoing feedback between students and teaching staff regarding the course content, teaching strategies, learning experiences and outcomes (Guidelines on Learning that Inform Teaching at UNSW (GLIT) numbers 2,7,10);
  2. Cater for a variety of learning preferences and abilities by providing a range of learning activities and teaching methods (GLIT number 9);
  3. Develop independent learning skills and create an environment that both provides structure and guidance as well as encouraging students to extend their learning (GLIT numbers 2,11);
  4. Develop skills in collaboration and teamwork, which is directly relevant to the skills required of a Finance professional (GLIT numbers 6, 14).

We employ a number of strategies to help us achieve, including:

  • Lecture activities & tutorial participations are designed to be interactive to allow feedback on students learnings
  • Lecture activities and Tutorial questions are developed to be independent sessions that allow the students to focus their understanding.
  • Tutorial participation and Group assignment will be sectioned into team based learning to develop skills in collaboration.

Learning Activities and Teaching Strategies

This course consists of weekly three-and-a-half hour sessions. These sessions will be divided into two parts.

The first part will be delivered as a lecture. This session will be highly interactive and industry relevant.

To give practical knowledge on the course content during lectures, Bloomberg Market Concept (BMC) will be introduced, UNSW alumni working in the finance industry will be invited to be the guest lecturer and give insight into their area of expertise and there will be an 'INDUSTRY CHALLENGE" to challenge students on Australian financial markets. The best performer in the Industry Challenge will receive a prize from the organisation that is pitching the industry challenge and ample network opportunities. Guest lectures do NOT replace the lecture content. Guest lectures are embedded to give 'career focused' education.

The second part of the session will consist of a 1.5hr tutorial class designed to have high levels of interaction. Students need to be fully prepared for this part of the class. Your tutors may also do a short online quiz at the end of each tutorial to help assess your participation.

ILab session is another practical and industry relevant component where students will learn to navigate Factset.

Students will be able to utilise the skill acquired from ILab session and the business knowledge acquired from the course content to do a practial and highly industry relevant group assignment.

Each assessment items e.g. lecture activity, tutorial participation, group assignment and ilab are all designed to self-reflect on student's progress and the learning outcomes throughout the term.

5. Course Resources

The website for this course is on Moodle. Lectures will be conducted online through Zoom/TEAMS.

The prescribed textbook for this course is:

  • Christopher Viney and Peter Phillips, Financial Institutions, Instruments and Markets (2019), 9th Edition published by McGraw Hill and available at the university Bookshop.

The 9th edition of the text may be available second hand (It was used for the first time in T3 2020. If you choose to use the 8th or 7th edition then you should do so at your own risk. The content is about 95 percent the same. The question numbers of the end of chapter exercises may be different, and that may be confusing when it comes to the tutorial program.

Weekly lecture notes and tutorial materials will be available for download through Moodle.

Please refer to 'course resourses' in Moodle site for other relevant course materials.

6. Course Evaluation & Development

Feedback is regularly sought from students and continual improvements are made based on this feedback. At the end of this course, you will be asked to complete the myExperience survey, which provides a key source of student evaluative feedback. Your input into this quality enhancement process is extremely valuable in assisting us to meet the needs of our students and provide an effective and enriching learning experience. The results of all surveys are carefully considered and do lead to action towards enhancing educational quality.

​Feedback from students of the previous term is incorporated in the planning for the next term. If you have feedback, please feel free to give this to us anonymously through the MyExperience survey that is done at the end of the term. We do take this feedback seriously, or write directly to the Lecturer in-charge or Tutor in-charge.

7. Course Schedule

Note: for more information on the UNSW academic calendar and key dates including study period, exam, supplementary exam and result release, please visit:
Week Activity Topic Assessment/Other
Week 1: 13 SeptemberLecture

Introduction to financial system and Banking

Viney Textbook Chapters 1 & 2

  • Introduction to CFA Ethics,
  • Tutorial participation - marking rubrics discussed
  • Chapter 1 Questions
Meet the Alumna
  • How should I study for FINS1612?
  • How should I prepare and what can I expect from the internship program?
Week 2: 20 SeptemberLecture

Economic Indicators

Introduction to Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC)

  • Chapter 2 (Banking)


  • Marking criteria for Group assignment discussed
Training - databse

UNSW Library will provide database training to assist with the assignment. The training will be conducted during the lecture time.


Week 3: 27 SeptemberLecture

Debt Markets I

Viney Textbook Chapter 9



Introduction to Factset

An essential skill for Group Assignment


Economic indicators (Australian equivalent)

The effects of macroeconomic announcement for companies

An introduction to Group assignment - Individual assessment component

Week 4: 4 OctoberLecture

Debt Market 2

Interest Rate Determination




Viney Chapter 10

Viney Chapter 13




Debt market 1 - Short Term Debt Tutorial Questions

Guest Lecturer

Topic: Market update on Debt Market in Australia.

Organisation: UBS


Introduction to Factset (If you haven't attended the session in week 3)

Week 5: 11 OctoberLecture

Equity Markets 1

Viney Chapter 4


  • Debt 2- Long Term Debt
  • Interest Rate determination
  • Group Must be finalised for the assignment
Week 6: 18 OctoberLecture

Flexi Week - No LECTURE



Week 7: 25 OctoberLecture

Equity Markets 2

Viney Textbook Chapters 5, 6, & 7

  • EQuity Markets 1
  • Finalise Group contract and submit
Guest Lecturer

Topic: What is Investment Banking and life as an investment banker

Organisation: UBS

Week 8: 1 NovemberLecture

Foreign Exchange 1

Viney Textbook Chapter 15 & 16


Equity Markets 2

Guest Lecture

Topic: Australian Financial Market

Organisation: Chi-X Australia a CBOE Global Market Company

Week 9: 8 NovemberLecture

Foreign Exchange 2

Introduction to Derivatives


Viney Textbook Chapter 18 and 20


Foreign Exchange 1

Week 10: 15 NovemberLecture

Career in Finance

Course Revision




Foreign Exchange 2

Introduction to Derivatives

Submission of Group Assignment

Guest Lecture
  • What is Asset Management?
  • What do portfolio managers do?
  • What skill/course do I need to pursue career in Asset Management?

Organisation: First Sentier Investors (former Colonial First State)

Term Break: 22 November
Exams: 29 November
Exam Period: 6 December

8. Policies and Support

Information about UNSW Business School program learning outcomes, academic integrity, student responsibilities and student support services. For information regarding special consideration and viewing final exam scripts, please go to the key policies and support page.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Business School places knowledge and capabilities at the core of its curriculum via seven Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs). These PLOs are systematically embedded and developed across the duration of all coursework programs in the Business School.

PLOs embody the knowledge, skills and capabilities that are taught, practised and assessed within each Business School program. They articulate what you should know and be able to do upon successful completion of your degree.

Upon graduation, you should have a high level of specialised business knowledge and capacity for responsible business thinking, underpinned by ethical professional practice. You should be able to harness, manage and communicate business information effectively and work collaboratively with others. You should be an experienced problem-solver and critical thinker, with a global perspective, cultural competence and the potential for innovative leadership.

All UNSW programs and courses are designed to assess the attainment of program and/or course level learning outcomes, as required by the UNSW Assessment Design Procedure. It is important that you become familiar with the Business School PLOs, as they constitute the framework which informs and shapes the components and assessments of the courses within your program of study.

PLO 1: Business knowledge

Students will make informed and effective selection and application of knowledge in a discipline or profession, in the contexts of local and global business.

PLO 2: Problem solving

Students will define and address business problems, and propose effective evidence-based solutions, through the application of rigorous analysis and critical thinking.

PLO 3: Business communication

Students will harness, manage and communicate business information effectively using multiple forms of communication across different channels.

PLO 4: Teamwork

Students will interact and collaborate effectively with others to achieve a common business purpose or fulfil a common business project, and reflect critically on the process and the outcomes.

PLO 5: Responsible business practice

Students will develop and be committed to responsible business thinking and approaches, which are underpinned by ethical professional practice and sustainability considerations.

PLO 6: Global and cultural competence

Students will be aware of business systems in the wider world and actively committed to recognise and respect the cultural norms, beliefs and values of others, and will apply this knowledge to interact, communicate and work effectively in diverse environments.

PLO 7: Leadership development

Students will develop the capacity to take initiative, encourage forward thinking and bring about innovation, while effectively influencing others to achieve desired results.

These PLOs relate to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs.  Separate PLOs for honours and postgraduate research programs are included under 'Related Documents'.

Business School course outlines provide detailed information for students on how the course learning outcomes, learning activities, and assessment/s contribute to the development of Program Learning Outcomes.



UNSW Graduate Capabilities

The Business School PLOs also incorporate UNSW graduate capabilities, a set of generic abilities and skills that all students are expected to achieve by graduation. These capabilities articulate the University’s institutional values, as well as future employer expectations.

UNSW Graduate CapabilitiesBusiness School PLOs
Scholars capable of independent and collaborative enquiry, rigorous in their analysis, critique and reflection, and able to innovate by applying their knowledge and skills to the solution of novel as well as routine problems.
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 7: Leadership development

Entrepreneurial leaders capable of initiating and embracing innovation and change, as well as engaging and enabling others to contribute to change
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 6: Global and cultural competence
  • PLO 7: Leadership development

Professionals capable of ethical, self-directed practice and independent lifelong learning
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 5: Responsible business practice

Global citizens who are culturally adept and capable of respecting diversity and acting in a socially just and responsible way.
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 5: Responsible business practice
  • PLO 6: Global and cultural competence

While our programs are designed to provide coverage of all PLOs and graduate capabilities, they also provide you with a great deal of choice and flexibility.  The Business School strongly advises you to choose a range of courses that assist your development against the seven PLOs and four graduate capabilities, and to keep a record of your achievements as part of your portfolio. You can use a portfolio as evidence in employment applications as well as a reference for work or further study. For support with selecting your courses contact the UNSW Business School Student Services team.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Academic Integrity is honest and responsible scholarship. This form of ethical scholarship is highly valued at UNSW. Terms like Academic Integrity, misconduct, referencing, conventions, plagiarism, academic practices, citations and evidence based learning are all considered basic concepts that successful university students understand. Learning how to communicate original ideas, refer sources, work independently, and report results accurately and honestly are skills that you will be able to carry beyond your studies.

The definition of academic misconduct is broad. It covers practices such as cheating, copying and using another person’s work without appropriate acknowledgement. Incidents of academic misconduct may have serious consequences for students.


UNSW regards plagiarism as a form of academic misconduct. UNSW has very strict rules regarding plagiarism. Plagiarism at UNSW is using the words or ideas of others and passing them off as your own. All Schools in the Business School have a Student Ethics Officer who will investigate incidents of plagiarism and may result in a student’s name being placed on the Plagiarism and Student Misconduct Registers.

Below are examples of plagiarism including self-plagiarism:

Copying: Using the same or very similar words to the original text or idea without acknowledging the source or using quotation marks. This includes copying materials, ideas or concepts from a book, article, report or other written document, presentation, composition, artwork, design, drawing, circuitry, computer program or software, website, internet, other electronic resource, or another person's assignment, without appropriate acknowledgement of authorship.

Inappropriate Paraphrasing: Changing a few words and phrases while mostly retaining the original structure and/or progression of ideas of the original, and information without acknowledgement. This also applies in presentations where someone paraphrases another’s ideas or words without credit and to piecing together quotes and paraphrases into a new whole, without appropriate referencing.

Collusion: Presenting work as independent work when it has been produced in whole or part in collusion with other people. Collusion includes:

  • Students providing their work to another student before the due date, or for the purpose of them plagiarising at any time
  • Paying another person to perform an academic task and passing it off as your own
  • Stealing or acquiring another person’s academic work and copying it
  • Offering to complete another person’s work or seeking payment for completing academic work

Collusion should not be confused with academic collaboration (i.e., shared contribution towards a group task).

Inappropriate Citation: Citing sources which have not been read, without acknowledging the 'secondary' source from which knowledge of them has been obtained.

Self-Plagiarism: ‘Self-plagiarism’ occurs where an author republishes their own previously written work and presents it as new findings without referencing the earlier work, either in its entirety or partially. Self-plagiarism is also referred to as 'recycling', 'duplication', or 'multiple submissions of research findings' without disclosure. In the student context, self-plagiarism includes re-using parts of, or all of, a body of work that has already been submitted for assessment without proper citation.

To see if you understand plagiarism, do this short quiz:


The University also regards cheating as a form of academic misconduct. Cheating is knowingly submitting the work of others as their own and includes contract cheating (work produced by an external agent or third party that is submitted under the pretences of being a student’s original piece of work). Cheating is not acceptable at UNSW.

If you need to revise or clarify any terms associated with academic integrity you should explore the 'Working with Academic Integrity' self-paced lessons available at:

For UNSW policies, penalties, and information to help you avoid plagiarism see: as well as the guidelines in the online ELISE tutorials for all new UNSW students: For information on student conduct see:

For information on how to acknowledge your sources and reference correctly, see: If you are unsure what referencing style to use in this course, you should ask the lecturer in charge.

Student Responsibilities and Conduct

​Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to university policies in relation to class attendance and general conduct and behaviour, including maintaining a safe, respectful environment; and to understand their obligations in relation to workload, assessment and keeping informed.

Information and policies on these topics can be found on the 'Managing your Program' website.


It is expected that you will spend at least ten to twelve hours per week studying for a course except for Summer Term courses which have a minimum weekly workload of twenty to twenty four hours. This time should be made up of reading, research, working on exercises and problems, online activities and attending classes. In periods where you need to complete assignments or prepare for examinations, the workload may be greater. Over-commitment has been a cause of failure for many students. You should take the required workload into account when planning how to balance study with employment and other activities.

We strongly encourage you to connect with your Moodle course websites in the first week of semester. Local and international research indicates that students who engage early and often with their course website are more likely to pass their course.

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Your regular and punctual attendance at lectures and seminars or in online learning activities is expected in this course. The Business School reserves the right to refuse final assessment to those students who attend less than 80% of scheduled classes where attendance and participation is required as part of the learning process (e.g., tutorials, flipped classroom sessions, seminars, labs, etc.).

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General Conduct and Behaviour

You are expected to conduct yourself with consideration and respect for the needs of your fellow students and teaching staff. Conduct which unduly disrupts or interferes with a class, such as ringing or talking on mobile phones, is not acceptable and students may be asked to leave the class.

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Health and Safety

UNSW Policy requires each person to work safely and responsibly, in order to avoid personal injury and to protect the safety of others.

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Keeping Informed

You should take note of all announcements made in lectures, tutorials or on the course web site. From time to time, the University will send important announcements to your university e-mail address without providing you with a paper copy. You will be deemed to have received this information. It is also your responsibility to keep the University informed of all changes to your contact details.

Student Support and Resources

The University and the Business School provide a wide range of support services and resources for students, including:

Business School Learning Support Tools
Business School provides support a wide range of free resources and services to help students in-class and out-of-class, as well as online. These include:

  • Academic Communication Essentials – A range of academic communication workshops, modules and resources to assist you in developing your academic communication skills.
  • Learning consultations – Meet learning consultants who have expertise in business studies, literacy, numeracy and statistics, writing, referencing, and researching at university level.
  • PASS classes – Study sessions facilitated by students who have previously and successfully completed the course.
  • Textbook access scheme – To support the inclusion and success of students from equity groups enrolled at UNSW Sydney in first year undergraduate Business programs.

The Nucleus - Business School Student Services team
The Nucleus Student Services team provides advice and direction on all aspects of enrolment and graduation. Level 2, Main Library, Kensington 02 8936 7005 /

Business School Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The Business School Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee strives to ensure that every student is empowered to have equal access to education. The Business School provides a vibrant, safe, and equitable environment for education, research, and engagement that embraces diversity and treats all people with dignity and respect.

UNSW Learning & Careers Hub
The UNSW Learning & Careers Hub provides academic skills and careers support services—including workshops, individual consultations and a range of online resources—for all UNSW students. See their website for details.
Lower Ground Floor, North Wing Chancellery Building.
02 9385 2060

Student Support Advisors
Student Support Advisors work with all students to promote the development of skills needed to succeed at university, whilst also providing personal support throughout the process.
John Goodsell Building, Ground Floor.
02 9385 4734

International Student Support
The International Student Experience Unit (ISEU) is the first point of contact for international students. ISEU staff are always here to help with personalised advice and information about all aspects of university life and life in Australia.
Advisors can support you with your student visa, health and wellbeing, making friends, accommodation and academic performance.
02 9385 4734

Equitable Learning Services
Equitable Learning Services (formerly Disability Support Services) is a free and confidential service that provides practical support to ensure that your health condition doesn't adversely affect your studies. Register with the service to receive educational adjustments.
Ground Floor, John Goodsell Building.
02 9385 4734

UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services
Provides support and services if you need help with your personal life, getting your academic life back on track or just want to know how to stay safe, including free, confidential counselling.
Level 2, East Wing, Quadrangle Building.
02 9385 5418

Library services and facilities for students
The UNSW Library offers a range of collections, services and facilities both on-campus and online.
Main Library, F21.
02 9065 9444

Moodle eLearning Support
Moodle is the University’s learning management system. You should ensure that you log into Moodle regularly.
02 9385 3331

UNSW IT provides support and services for students such as password access, email services, wireless services and technical support.
UNSW Library Annexe (Ground floor).
02 9385 1333

Support for Studying Online

The Business School and UNSW provide a wide range of tools, support and advice to help students achieve their online learning goals. 

The UNSW Guide to Online Study page provides guidance for students on how to make the most of online study.

We recognise that completing quizzes and exams online can be challenging for a number of reasons, including the possibility of technical glitches or lack of reliable internet. We recommend you review the Online Exam Preparation Checklist of things to prepare when sitting an online exam.