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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Pre-requisites

MAT10251 - Statistical Analysis AND FIN10708 - Finance and Investment for Business AND 24 credit points in any SCU units

Unit aim

Provides coverage of finance theory and how it relates to modern financial markets. The material is put into perspective by treatment of topics relating to the investment environment such as risk and return, market efficiency, booms and busts, market and regulative failure, behavioural finance, sustainable finance and other contemporary issues.

Unit content

Topic 1: Investment Fundamentals 
Topic 2: International Investment 
Topic 3: Macro- and Industry Analysis 
Topic 4: The Investment Portfolio: An Introduction 
Topic 5: Risky Asset Pricing Models I 
Topic 6: Risky Asset Pricing Models II 
Topic 7: Market Efficiency 
Topic 8: The Rise and Fall of Financial Markets 
Topic 9: Behavioural Finance 
Topic 10: Sustainable Finance and Investment

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 discuss key investment theories
2 demonstrate an understanding of risk and return in the context of international financial markets and investment decision making
3 explain how political, economic and industry factors influence investment
4 use quantitative finance techniques to investigate the statistical properties of financial asset prices
5 provide an investment perspective of both recent and historical financial market events
6 discuss alternative investment theories.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. discuss key investment theories
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  2. demonstrate an understanding of risk and return in the context of international financial markets and investment decision making
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  3. explain how political, economic and industry factors influence investment
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  4. use quantitative finance techniques to investigate the statistical properties of financial asset prices
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  5. provide an investment perspective of both recent and historical financial market events
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  6. discuss alternative investment theories.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:

Prescribed texts

  • Brailsford, T, Heaney, R & Bilson, C, 2015, Investments: Concepts and Applications, 5th edn, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ISBN: 9780170235532.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.