FIRN’s program of courses are open to all PhD students and early career researchers.  All PhD courses (core, elective and master classes) are listed on the FIRN website and promoted in the monthly FIRN email.  If you have any questions about the program please email info@firn.org.au.

Workshop

Saturday 14 November
Introduction to economic models of disclosure and cost of capital

Presenter: Greg Clinch, Macquarie University
This workshop is designed to introduce students to some of the analytical models used in accounting and finance research to investigate disclosure and cost of capital. There are two broad objectives:
1. To become familiar with and gain an understanding of analytical models relating to disclosure;
2. To explore how those models can be used to develop our intuition regarding the link between disclosure and cost of capital.

Saturday 14 November, 12pm-2pm (AEDT): Live Zoom Session

Workshop outline click here to register

2020 Program – Semester 2

Process of Research “Lite”
Presenter: Professor Robert Faff (UQ)
This is an informal “lite” offering delivered through three online workshops. Each workshop module is stand-alone. Attendance/participation in any workshop is totally voluntary. There is no assessment or credit recognition given for the course.
Saturday 8th August, 9:30-11am: Session #1: How to “pitch” your research to your supervisors
Saturday 12th September, 9:30-11am: Session #2: Responsible science
Saturday 24th October, 9:30-11am: Session #3: Pitching research for engagement & impact
2020 course outline
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Behavioural Finance
Presenter: Yulia Veld-Merkoulova & Chris Veld (Monash)
The objective of this unit is to teach doctoral students topics that are on the forefront of the academic literature. The topic for this course is behavioural finance, which combines elements of finance and psychology into a new field that has gained a lot of importance in recent times. The unit will cover research papers and will also provide students with the skills to conduct finance research.
On-line delivery. 3 hour class once per week, 1-4pm on Fridays. Semester runs from 7 August to 6 November (with mid-semester break from 21 Sep-2 Oct)
2020 Course syllabus
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Market Microstructure
Presenter: Professor Talis Putnins (UTS)
This course will be delivered online this year. There is a guided self-paced study component, which includes course readings, online lectures, and self-paced empirical tasks arranged on an online platform. This is complemented with a series of fortnightly live Zoom sessions on Fridays at 3-5pm on the following dates:
17 Jul, 31 Jul, 14 Aug, 28 Aug, 11 Sep, 25 Sep & 9 Oct 2020
2019 Course syllabus
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Empirical Finance
Presenter:  Professor Tom Smith (Macquarie)
On-line delivery
Module 1:  25-26 July
Module 2:  15-16 August
Module 3:  26-27 September
Final Exam: Thurs 5 Nov 2-5pm
2020 Course syllabus
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Intermediate Econometrics
Presenter: Daniel Smith (QUT)
On-line delivery, 3 hour class, 1pm to 4pm on Thursday via Zoom over 13 weeks between July 23 and October 22
2020 Course syllabus
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Research Methods (elective)
Presenters: Professor Martina Linnenluecke & Professor Tom Smith
On-line delivery
Four Day Intensive
Mon 13- Thurs 16th July 2020
2019 Course syllabus
2020 Course syllabus coming soon
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2021 Program – Semester 1

Finance Theory
Presenter: Professor Tom Smith, Macquarie University
Venue: on-line delivery
2021 Dates to be confirmed
Module 1:
Module 2:  
Module 3:  
Final Exam:
2020 Course syllabus

Financial Econometrics*
Presenter: Professor Federico Nardari, University of Melbourne
Venue: on-line delivery
2021 Dates to be confirmed
Module 1:  
Module 2:
Module 3:
2020 Course syllabus
*this is an advance capstone course with a pre-requisite knowledge requirement

Process of Research (elective)
Presenter: Professor Robert Faff
Venue: on-line delivery
2021 Dates to be confirmed
Module 1: 
Module 2: 
Module 3:
2020 Course syllabus

Enrolment Procedure

  • Download the course syllabus from the FIRN website and ensure that you meet the pre-requisite knowledge requirements.
  • Enrol through our online booking system (links will be on the FIRN website).  You will need to indicate:
  • You have written permission from your PhD Supervisor (or PhD Coordinator) to do the course.
  • Whether you are doing the course for credit recognition
  • You agree to the FIRN terms and conditions (see below)
  • That you have your school’s approval to undertake the course off-campus (for insurance purposes)

FIRN will:

  • Confirm your ability to enrol with the PhD co-ordinator at your institution 
  • Forward your enrolment details to the PhD course co-ordinator who will record your grades in the course and submit the final grades to FIRN
  • Forward your final grades to your institution
  • Track your enrolment in each course and provide you with a certificate when you complete the eight core courses

Terms and conditions:

  • PhD students understand and accept they meet all pre-requisites before enrolling in a FIRN course.
  • PhD students understand that FIRN’s PhD program involves “advanced courses” specifically designed to be challenging.
  • PhD student enrolments are accepted on the understanding they intend to complete the full course program including all assessment requirements (Note: travel funding approval is often conditional upon students completing the full program).
  • PhD students may not attend FIRN courses on a casual basis – no exceptions.
  • PhD students have obtained their Supervisor’s approval (in writing) before enrolling.
  • If, for any reason, a PhD student is unable to complete the course they must notify their supervisor, PhD co-ordinatior and FIRN by email.  The course co-ordinator is not responsible for managing your enrolment.  If PhD students don’t complete all of the assessments then they receive an automatic 2- Fail Did Not Complete recorded on FIRN’s records. 
  • Academics are also able to enrol in the courses for professional development and should enrol through the online booking system.
  • One course auditor per institution is allowed.  Course auditors must have a PhD.

2019 Masterclasses

Masterclass in Asset Pricing
TBC

Masterclass in Corporate Finance
TBC