Alternative Securities - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Assessment Task 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 - Assessment Task 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 4,080.00
International 4,330.00

In this unit you will develop skills and knowledge of alternative securities that are predominantly used in the asset management industry. It provides an in-depth look at risk and return characteristics of various alternative securities including private equity, real estate, commodities, leveraged buy outs (LBOs), hedge funds and venture capital funds. You will also assess the use of alternative assets into mainstream portfolio management strategy.

The unit will combine theory with empirical exercises and you will apply analytical skills while exploring complicated issues that are specific to alternative assets.

In this unit you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be support through various online discussions and activities comprising of individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

On successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Examine and assess return and risk characteristics of alternative securities
  2. Compare and evaluate how information asymmetry and market efficiency play an important role in the creation of various alternative securities methods
  3. Analyse the role of alternative securities in portfolio management and explore the increasing significance of alternative securities in asset management industry
  4. Review and evaluate compliance and due diligence related to investing in alternative securities
  5. Critically assess and apply professional and ethical standards of the alternative securities industry.
  • Assignment 1 — Assessment Task 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Assessment Task 2 (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Final Exam (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Handbook of Alternative Assets


    ISBN: 9780471980209


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