Investment Analysis - 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: Assignment - Linked CLOs: 1, 3 (50%) , Invigilated Exam - Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (50%)

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2018 Fees
Domestic 4,200.00
International 4,450.00

This unit explores core aspects of investment theory and management in a rapidly changing financial environment. It provides you with analytical techniques and the theoretical and practical skills of investment analysis, stock markets and securities. You will evaluate and analyse issues related to investment management, assess, manage and create portfolios, examine and appraise securities and explore institutions and financial instruments.

In this unit you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported 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:
  • CLO1: Examine the general investment framework and investment alternatives available in the market 
  • CLO2: Apply ethical financial decision making based on knowledge of the principles of market participation 
  • CLO3: Apply security valuation techniques and assess economic factors to analyse the performance of an actual security 
  • CLO4: Research various popular investment vehicles and compare them to less familiar alternatives 
  • CLO5: Create a portfolio to meet a client’s need and assess the role of risk and return in the investment decision process.
  • Assignment — Linked CLOs: 1, 3 (50%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (50%)
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.

1The Investment Environment
2Asset Classes and Financial Instruments
3How Securities Are Traded
4Mutual Funds and Other Investment Companies
5Macroeconomic and Industry Analysis
6Equity Valuation Models
7Risk, Return, and the Historical Record
8Capital Allocation to Risk Assets
9Optimal Risky Portfolios
10The Efficient Market Hypothesis
11Behavioral Finance and Technical Analysis

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • 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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