Principles of Financial Valuation for Projects

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This course currently has no scheduled dates. To express interest in this course or to discuss bespoke options for yourself or your organisation, please submit an expression of interest or contact the Professional Education Team on +61 2 5114 5573 or


2 days

Delivery mode




Standard price


Defence price


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Investing is influenced by rationality arising from the analysis of available data as well as emotions, which are based on gut feel. This course focuses on the rational part of investing; namely, measuring risk, constructing a diversified portfolio, cash flow analysis, understanding the bond and share market, and valuation. The course is aimed at individuals dealing with investment and asset management as part of their work, and is designed to be highly interactive.

Course material: references and handouts will be distributed to students prior to or on the day of the course.

Prerequisites: none. Some working knowledge of Excel is useful but not essential.

Course content

Day one

  • Defining and measuring risk
  • Investing under uncertainty
  • Diversification
  • The time value of money
  • The bond market
  • The share market.

Day two

  • Accounting principles and cash flow construction
  • Identify costs and benefits
  • Choosing the discount rate
  • Valuing an investment.

Learning outcomes

Skills/competencies/knowledge that would be gained through this course:
  • defining and measuring risk
  • investing under uncertainty
  • diversification
  • the time value of money
  • the bond market
  • the share market
  • accounting principles and cash flow construction
  • identify costs and benefits
  • choosing the discount rate
  • valuing an investment.

Who should attend

Anyone making financial decisions as part of their work or for personal interest.


Professor Massimiliano Tani

Professor Massimiliano (Max) Tani teaches graduate level Finance at UNSW Canberra. Prof. Tani carries out applied research with an economic angle and business/policy implications, mostly related to individual decision making.

Prof. Tani is a member of the Public Service Research Group (PSRG) in the School of Business at UNSW Canberra. Prof. Tani has a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University (Canberra, Australia) and a MSc Econ. from the LSE and Laurea from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy). Before moving to Australia in 1999, Prof. Tani spent a decade working in investment banking in the UK.

The course, Making cost-benefit analysis work for you, combines teaching techniques and research insights from across Prof. Tani's broad academic and professional background.

Cancellation policy

Courses will be held subject to sufficient registrations. UNSW Canberra reserves the right to cancel a course up to five working days prior to commencement of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will have the opportunity to transfer your registration or be issued a full refund. If registrant cancels within 10 days of course commencement, a 50% registration fee will apply. UNSW Canberra is a registered ACT provider under ESOS Act 2000-CRICOS provider Code 00098G.