Investment - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment - Group (40%) , Invigilated Exam (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,305.00
International 1,555.00

Please note: This unit was previously known as Investment and Portfolio Management.

Acquaint yourself with traditional and modern investment theories and practices. You will learn investment evaluation theories and techniques and examination of portfolio practices. You will also explore current industry practice in this area and develop an understanding of the theoretical framework supporting investment analysis and portfolio management. Through this unit, you will gain confidence in the application of a range of techniques and develop a capacity for independent thought and critical analysis in the areas of investment analysis and portfolio management.

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. have an understanding of the nature of an investment, the characteristics of financial assets and the investment environment
  2. be able to describe the investment management process and understand the role of objectives and strategy in the portfolio construction process
  3. be familiar with the concepts of modern portfolio theory and have an intuitive understanding of asset pricing models
  4. have an understanding of the influence of macroeconomic and microeconomic factors on securities markets and the pricing of financial assets
  5. be able to display competence in the use of various methods of fundamental analysis to value shares
  6. understand various approaches used in portfolio management
  7. have an appreciation of the role of derivative securities in portfolio management
  8. understand the issues associated with the evaluation of portfolio performance and apply various performance evaluation techniques.
  • Assignment — Group (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Mid-study period test — Online (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The investment environment, asset allocation, money management industry ethics
2Investment theory - portfolio theory, capital market theory and asset pricing models
3Fundamental analysis
4Analysis of equities
5Technical analysis
6Equity portfolio management
7Portfolio performance evaluation

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • 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.

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.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management (with

    By:Reilly, Frank & Brown, Keith

    ISBN: 9780538482387


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