Course Title: Case Studies in Finance

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Case Studies in Finance

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please Note: The course title was previously called "Research Issues in Finance" prior to Semester 2, 2021.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


625H Economics, Finance and Marketing


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023

Course Coordinator: Professor Jonathan Batten

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8986

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City Campus Building 80

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides a holistic understanding of the finance industry in practical case studies in finance. You will consolidate and apply knowledge in finance theory in a selection of case studies that focus on current issues in the finance industry. The research-led case studies will cover various areas of finance including asset pricing, financial institutions, corporate finance, managed funds and behavioural finance.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

CLO1: Apply the concept and principles of finance to solve real-world problems.

CLO2: Critically evaluate evidence and data in case studies.

CLO3: Analyse and compare current practices in the finance industry.

CLO4: Communicate analysis of finance case studies to decision makers, stakeholders and the general public.


Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set research tasks or projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Access to Microsoft Excel is required.

Overview of Assessment


The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 30%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2

Assessment Task 2: 30%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 3: 40%
Linked CLOS: 1, 2, 3, 4

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.