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FINC71-603: Investments May 2018 [Standard]

General information

Investments builds on the material presented in Managerial Finance. In the introductory
Finance subject, the building blocks consisting of both application and theory were introduced. In this subject, these fundamental concepts are explored in substantially greater detail in terms of
their importance and relevance to practitioners. The theory underlying asset pricing models and efficient markets, portfolio formation and management are examined in detail. An introduction
to options, futures and other derivative securities is also included.


Academic unit:Bond Business School
Subject code:FINC71-603
Subject title:Investments
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:May 2018
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Computer Lab: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Seminar 1
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Seminar 2
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 72) - Recommended study time & reviewing materials
Attendance and learning activities: It is imperative that you attend class regularly and take responsibility for your learning outcomes. A record of poor class attendance(fewer than 80% of classes) is unsatisfactory and may lead to a failure in this class if performance in assessment is lacking. If you are absent from class due to medical or family emergencies, acceptable and adequate documentation must be supplied to the University to support your absences.


Prescribed resources:
  • Alex Kane,Alan Marcus,Zvi Bodie (2016). Essentials of Investments. 10th Edition, McGraw-Hill Education
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to make complex trades in an online market.
  2. Apply appropriate models of investment risk and return to a given investment.
  3. Use sophisticated models to apply the concept of pricing financial assets to shares, interest rate securities and derivative securities.
  4. Identify scenarios to apply appropriate strategies for assessing investment performance.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Online Quiz Weekly quizzes with instant feedback 10% Weekly 2, 3, 4.
*Class Participation Preparation prior to class, ask and answer questions in class, leadership of pre-assigned problem solutions 10% Weekly 1, 2, 3, 4.
Written Report Analysis of a financial problem and application of techniques discussed in class 10% Week 12 2, 3, 4.
Paper-based Examination (Limited Open) Comprehensive assessment of all material. 40% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4.
Paper-based Examination (Limited Open) Assessment of material to date. 30% Week 7 (Mid-Semester Examination Period) 2.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

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Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

An introduction to trading stocks in an organised exchange including different types of orders and the purpose and calculation of margin accounts.

Examines the theory and calculation of return and volatility for individual assets and for portfolios of assets, as well as a discussion of different averaging methods and when it is appropriate to use each method.

Examines the origins and theory behind the procedures used by portfolio managers to determine the minimum variance set, the efficient frontier, the optimal risky portfolio and the optimal complete portfolio.

Explores multiple models of return as a function of risk. These include the single index model, the Fama-French three-factor model, The Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), Arbitrage Pricing Theory and the underlying assumption of market efficiency.

An overview and application of the generic procedure for pricing all financial assets, with specific application to valuing stocks, bonds and derivatives.

Introduces the concept of duration and modified duration used to manage interest rate risk in fixed income portfolios. Includes a discussion of the yield curve.

Approved on: May 10, 2018. Edition: 2.5
Last updated: Sep 21, 2018.