This course has lots of potential to be great as the concepts are actually pretty interesting. However, Frederique has changed the assessment layout to be 5 5% quizzes and 3 25% 'assignments' which aren't actually assignments at all and rather three 2.5 hour tests that include abstract multiple choice questions for which content isn't explained in the lectures. The 5% quizzes are 2.5 hour quizzes that also include abstract questions which aren't covered in the course. Frederique has changed assessment tasks last minute including adding questions and making a quiz 4 hours long whilst still only being worth 5%, which I believe is a ridiculous task to complete for 5% of the grade. She also released an assignment a day late when It was due on the third day, left everyone in the dark and then said that she was "too physically exhausted to implement these changes safely" almost like she is fighting on the front lines instead of clicking buttons. The lectures are mostly read like a script by her which makes the content difficult to learn. The most disappointing part of this course is that the content is actually interesting and worthwhile to know, however every assessment piece is far too abstract and forces you to use external sources and the internet to learn instead of using the available content. On top of this, the course is only available on edge instead of downloadable lectures and tutorials.
Frederique really made this course. She cares so much about everyone succeeding and really does everything she can to make everyone understand the concept. Refreshing to have a finance course that does not just focus on abstract maths models and actually teaches you the underlying theories behind financial activities. The creation of money and cash rate in particular is explained very well. Cannot recommend this course enough - definitely my favourite finance course so far. The workload is quite high because of the additional online content but helps. Be careful in exams as marks get deducted for not being succinct or repeating oneself.
Terrible course for finance students or logical thinkers. Frederique only knows how to explain financial concepts in an abstract way that's very suited to her arts doctorate. The course itself is very boring and not useful at all from a career point of view. Frederique's marking criteria is very poor and she's very ambiguous with her assessable questions - this is mostly because her English skills aren't the best. A lot of students who are very good at finance and know the content well were marked down a lot because of these factors.
You are provided with A LOT of reading and quizzes, but the lecturer doesn't summarise it well. Her approach to teaching is just bombarding you with content without actually making it easier to read/more accessible to students.
The exams and content are easy but even then your grade could be bad due to Frederique's absurd marking.
Semester 2 - 2016
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Is the textbook necessary?
Lots of content
Weekly quizzes for revision
Questions are often incomprehensible
Is unreasonable with marking
Compulsory tute attendance (no allowances if sick/public holiday)
Great course! Weekly online revision quizzes (non-assessable) were extremely helpful and very reflective of the difficulty of the assessable quiz questions and MCQ. Tutorial questions were well explained and there weren't too many questions crammed into each tutorial. A lot of resources were available, with the majority of tute/quiz questions reflecting the style and difficulty of questions you will face on the exam. Overall, I felt very prepared for both exams. I feel the course is taught in a way that is genuinely trying to educate you and prepare you for a future job, as opposed to courses where lecture content is uncreative and curveballs are thrown at you come exam time.
Semester 1 - 2015
Is lecture attendance necessary?
No - but if listening online you should keep up each week