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ECON3015 Principles of Finance

Module Overview

Specifically the module aims to provide a bridge to the more theoretical articles in finance theory, by offering a simple framework of conceptual knowledge that enables thinking while making financial decisions. As such the module gives an appreciation of the scope of the whole disciplines' subject matter and lays the foundations for more specialized courses that have a narrower focus.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the theory of individual choice among financial assets
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the consumption and investment decisions with capital markets
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of choices under uncertainty
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Portfolio construction and formal asset pricing models, such as the CAPM and APT; the issue of efficiency in financial markets, with particular emphasis on the underlying information structure


The module provides a comprehensive introduction to the theory associated with equilibrium asset pricing models.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and tutorials.

Independent Study122
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Lecture notes in priniciples of finance. 


Assessment Strategy

The course grade is determined based on a student's performance in the two-hour final examination and 4 graded homework assignments. 80% of the final grade will be the final exam whereas the 4 homework assignments will carry a weight of 5% each.


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 20%
Exam  (2 hours) 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Prerequisites: ECON2003 OR MATH2040 OR MANG2004

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