University of Technology Sydney

25924 Advanced Topics in Finance

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UTS: Business: Finance
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject covers academic and industry research in various subfields of finance. It aims to consolidate and further develop students' ability to formulate research issues, carry out research analysis, and elaborate research implications. It expands research training for students to understand and critique contemporary issues in financial markets and industries.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. Identify and discuss key research issues and methods associated with different topics
2. Explain research findings and practical implications
3. Critique the empirical methodology and assess the quality of empirical findings
4. Synthesize academic and industry evidence to support a critique or a research topic

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

The subject provides students to contemporary issues in financial research. It contributes particularly to the development of the following graduate attributes:

  1. Critical thinking, creativity and analytical skills
  2. Business practice oriented skills

Teaching and learning strategies

Students will have pre-readings to complete before in class lectures/seminars and discussions. Weekly lectures are supplemented by guest lectures by industry experts.

Content (topics)

  1. Contemporary research issues in credit risk and financial institution management;
  2. Contemporary research issues in financial trading and market microstructure;
  3. Contemporary research issues in corporate finance and governance;
  4. Contemporary research issues in banking.


Assessment task 1: Research proposals (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 3 and 4

Weight: 80%

Up to 3 pages (1.5 spacing, font size 11) excluding references. The page limit can be relaxed with the explicit permission from the lecturer.

Assessment task 2: Presentations (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 3 and 4

Weight: 20%

Students will have 10-15 minutes of presentation and 2-5 minutes of Q&A.

Minimum requirements

Students must achieve at least 50% of the subject’s total marks.