Alternative Securities - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 3
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1 , Sess 3
  • Assessment: Assessment - Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 4, 5 (20%) , Invigilated Exam - Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 4 (50%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 4,200.00
International 4,450.00
In this unit you will develop skills and knowledge of alternative investments that are predominantly used in the asset management industry. It provides an in-depth look at risk and return characteristics of various alternative investments including hedge funds, commodities, real estate and private equity (venture capital, leverage buyouts, mezzanine financing and distressed debt). You will also assess the use of alternative investments 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 investments.
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 prescribed and required readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; discussion; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects; exam.
On successful completion of this unit you will be able to:
  • CLO 1: Examine and assess return, risk and other relevant characteristics of alternative investments
  • CLO 2: Analyse the role of alternative investments in portfolio management and explore the increasing significance of alternative investments in asset management industry
  • CLO 3: Construct a portfolio that includes alternative investments
  • CLO 4: Understand due diligence related to investing in alternative investments
  • CLO 5: Work and communicate collaboratively in a professional environment.
  • Assessment — Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 4, 5 (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 4 (50%)
  • Project — Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Alternative Investments
2Alternative Investment in Portfolio Management
3Introduction to Hedge Funds
4Risk of Hedge Funds
5Hedge Fund Benchmarks and Asset Allocation
6Introduction to Commodity
7Commodity and Managed Futures
8Real Estate Investment and Asset Allocation
9Real Estate Investment Trusts and Indices
10Venture Capital and Leverage Buyouts
11Mezzanine Financing and Distressed Debts

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

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.

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