Profiling a Foreign Direct Investment “Facility” Prospect

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  • To draw together complementary insights associated with sound decision-making about “a chosen prospective investment by a foreign party”.
  • To acquire an understanding of real world applications of unit materials.
  • To demonstrate an ability to collect, analyse, and interpret statistics, economic data, scenarios and relevant events.

The Task.

In a scoping study, profile key features relevant to an Australian (or other) company considering investing in a suitable “facility” investment in the United Kingdom (host).

An initial review of some identified, specific “facility” investment prospect is required.  The work is chiefly a technical analysis with information appropriately selected and used in as part of an initial scoping study of an investment prospect that can develop investing company capabilities.

Key considerations, initial analysis of findings and an interim evaluation should be provided


The study is to be in three parts with select analysis of information, issues and findings:

Feasibility  (positioning analysis)

  • Cover Abstract (problem/investigation/result), Frame and Executive summary
  • Evaluation findings, interim conclusion, next steps and other relevant considerations.

Fit  (situational analysis)

  • Prospect key features, frames, expectations, options, and relevant global issues
  • Country incl relevant risks and economic situations in both involved economies

Financial  (empirical analysis)

  • Cashflow empirical appraisal of returns and risks from 3 indicative cases
  • Foreign exchange empirical effects, strategies and development modes

The Interim Evaluation (A2) appears last and should logically draw appropriate conclusions from materials previously presented. That is, section presentation order is A1 B1 B2  C1 C2 A2. 

Each of parts A, B and C is allocated one third of the marks available (ie, 10% semester each).


Each student is to be the principal author for a PRO or a CON study.

  • PRO in favour of a particular “facility” investment in the host (ie UK)
  • CON not in favour of such an investment in the nominated host

Three empirical cases should provide a basis in C1 (cashflow arrangements) and C2  (fx patterns)..  Case 3 should be used for “the most favoured” analysis in Sheet 5b and as linked to Sheet 6a

If working alone, a student should build a competent PRO or CON scenario analysis.

If working in a pair, one should author a PRO scenario and the other a CON scenario analysis from a common reference in Parts B and C (individually marked) with Part A to be a jointly authored balanced reconciliation (common mark).


  • The complete work is a report in concise outline form of up to 1500 words (max) per student.
  • Any relevant support information (including spreadsheets and any references) can be provided in Appendices (with such pages not counted).
  • An unattached CRA Assessment sheet with student details completed should also be submitted.
  • Each study should contain Figures, numerical examples, Tables, maps and the like of your making that are reasonably developed and interpreted. Figs etc are not part of a word count.
  • Key points, assumptions, lines of analysis and the like should be explicitly stated. 
  • Expression and explanations should be clear, direct and concise.
  • Issues, approaches and materials identified in lectures (L1 to L6), workshops and texts are your first reference and guide. 
  • Use Workshops 1 to 6 (from Weeks 2 to 7) to refine your ideas and develop your work. Assignment progress will be checked as part of tutorial participation marking.

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