• Class Number 4302
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
  • COURSE CONVENER
    • Dr Anna Von Reibnitz
    • AsPr Geoff Warren
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

Students in this course will receive training in the management of the Student Managed Fund (SMF), under the guidance of course convenors and students enrolled in Student Managed Fund Extension. The primary task of students will be to provide support in formulating investment recommendations to be reviewed and endorsed by an Investment Advisory Committee that includes industry practitioners and ANU staff. The students will also be responsible for assisting in the day-to-day functions typical of a managed fund. An SMF Charter and Governance Structure Statement will set out the policies and procedures under which the SMF operates.

Admission to the course will be selective, with the expectation that students who successfully complete the Student Managed Fund course will continue to the Student Managed Fund Extension course. To ensure continuity, students enrolled in the Student Managed Fund Extension course will adopt senior managerial and decision-making roles; and will be responsible for training the students enrolled in the Student Managed Fund course so that they can progress to the senior roles when enrolled in the Student Managed Fund Extension course. Students learning occurs through assisting in the management the SMF and its activities, and in undertaking research in support of investment recommendations and design of investment processes. The course is essentially an advanced form of activity-based learning, where teaching staff provide direction and support through workshops and consultations rather than formal lectures.


For more information regarding the latest admission procedure and eligibility requirements, please see https://www.rsfas.anu.edu.au/rsfas/news/h33/

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understanding of the process of managing (real) money in pursuit of defined objectives
  2. Appreciation for the manner in which the fund management industry operates
  3. Capacity to communicate and advocate recommendations for action in an applied setting
  4. Ability to operate in a team environment

Research-Led Teaching

Students undertaking this course will gain deep activity based learning by engaging in the management of a fund. In doing so, the course will draw on recent concepts, issues and practical information on investment management from various sources, including a wide range of industry research publications. Students are required to read and understand these materials and apply their understanding to activities including: formulating investment recommendations, monitoring and managing fund risk and reporting performance.

Required Resources

Course readings will be provided to students via email and Wattle. Readings will come from a range of sources, including journal and industry articles and websites.

Staff Feedback

Students will primarily be given feedback in the form of verbal and written comments.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Any student identified, either during the current semester or in retrospect, as having used ghost writing services will be investigated under the University’s Academic Misconduct Rule.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 The start of the semester will focus on an introduction and overview, initial governance matters and the formation of an agenda for the remainder of the semester. The course schedule will be determined as the semester progresses, with the agenda decided through a collaborative process between the Convenors and the Chief Investment Officer (CIO), with input from all students enrolled in the course. Aims for the semester include, but are not limited to, the following: CIO: Lead the student team Sign off on investment processes Manage the decision-making protocols Set agenda for Student Managed Fund (SMF) Team meetings (with Convenors) Propose recommendations for presenting to the Investment Advisory Committee (IAC) Attend IAC meetings – provide background, updates Asset Allocation (AA) team: Complete design of AA investment process Implement AA investment process once formed Design AA reports Active Australian Equities (AAE) team: Maintain and implement AAE investment process Identify and research candidate stock recommendations Preparation of reports on companies and the equity portfolio, including for presentation to the IAC Risk and Compliance (R&C) team: Risk management and compliance process and related reports; working with Fund Convenor and teams Areas to cover include: Risk evaluation (with regard to fund objectives, in particular investment and reputation risk) Monitoring vs policy (portfolio constraints, Socially Responsible Investing, etc) Performance measurement and attribution Meeting reporting requirements (see Charter & Governance Structure) Relationship team: Communication of SMF activities to external parties, including development of external communication platforms, e.g. SMF website Preparation of selected reports and records, especially mid-semester and end-semester reports

Tutorial Registration

A schedule for sub-team meetings will be discussed in Week 1.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Holistic Convenor assessment 40 % 31/05/2019 04/07/2019 1,2,3,4
Reflective summary 30 % 05/06/2019 04/07/2019 1,2,3,4
Student peer review 30 % 05/06/2019 04/07/2019 1,2,3,4
Verbal feedback (0% weighting) 0 % 29/03/2019 29/03/2019 1,2,3,4

Policies

ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 31/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Holistic Convenor assessment

Assessment tasks will differ depending on the role of each student within the fund. It is expected that students will undertake oral presentations, submit reports and participate in weekly meetings.

The marks for the course will be based on the contribution made in working towards the SMF objectives as set out in the Charter and Governance Structure, as well as acting in accordance with the SMF key values. 70% of the mark will be determined by the Course Convenor, with input from the Fund Convenor and external members of the Investment Advisory Committee where appropriate. This 70% is broken down into two components, a holistic Convenor assessment (40%) and a reflective summary (30%). The remaining 30% of the mark will be driven by fellow students via a student peer review.


Details of Assessment Task 1 - Holistic Convenor assessment

  • 40% of the student's overall mark for the course will be derived from a holistic assessment of the contribution made in working towards the SMF objectives, as set out in the Charter and Governance Structure, and key values, as outlined on Wattle. In assisting the convenors to make their assessment, students must submit any key models or documents that they have completed for which the Convenors have not yet seen the most up to date version.


Individual students’ assessment schemes will be negotiated with the convener and determined and agreed upon before the end of week 1. Examples of items considered in determining the holistic convenor grade include:

  • Evidence of diligently embracing and working towards the five key values
  • Quality and relevance of work items submitted to convenors for comment, or presented to the IAC or SMF team.
  • Contributions that benefit the fund outside of the student’s particular brief
  • Contributions to the discussion in team meetings: their relevance, and the manner in which they are done
  • Meeting attendance: failure to turn up on time or send apologies can negatively impact grade
  • Evidence of working well within the overall team and sub-team, such as offering comments on the work of other team members and displaying a willingness to help out others
  • If a student is in the senior cohort (FINM3010): showing leadership, and mentoring of junior members
  • If a student is in the junior cohort (FINM3009): stepping up and showing initiative, for example putting forward new ideas or asking clarification questions, and supporting the senior cohort in achieving team tasks


Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 05/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Reflective summary

Assessment tasks will differ depending on the role of each student within the fund. It is expected that students will undertake oral presentations, submit reports and participate in weekly meetings.

The marks for the course will be based on the contribution made in working towards the SMF objectives as set out in the Charter and Governance Structure, as well as acting in accordance with the SMF key values. 70% of the mark will be determined by the Course Convenor, with input from the Fund Convenor and external members of the Investment Advisory Committee where appropriate. This 70% is broken down into two components, a holistic Convenor assessment (40%) and a reflective summary (30%). The remaining 30% of the mark will be driven by fellow students via a student peer review.


Details of Assessment Task 2 - Reflective summary

  • 30% of the student's overall mark for the course will be derived from a reflective summary of the work they have undertaken, and how they have contributed to the SMF key values (as outlined on Wattle). Further details will be provided early in the semester.

 

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 05/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Student peer review

Assessment tasks will differ depending on the role of each student within the fund. It is expected that students will undertake oral presentations, submit reports and participate in weekly meetings.

The marks for the course will be based on the contribution made in working towards the SMF objectives as set out in the Charter and Governance Structure, as well as acting in accordance with the SMF key values. 70% of the mark will be determined by the Course Convenor, with input from the Fund Convenor and external members of the Investment Advisory Committee where appropriate. This 70% is broken down into two components, a holistic Convenor assessment (40%) and a reflective summary (30%). The remaining 30% of the mark will be driven by fellow students via a student peer review.


Details of Assessment Task 3 - Student peer review

  • 30% of the student's overall mark for the course will be determined by fellow students, via an anonymous peer review based on how the student has contributed to the pursuit of fund objectives and its key values (as outlined on Wattle). Further details will be provided early in the semester.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 0 %
Due Date: 29/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 29/03/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Verbal feedback (0% weighting)

Verbal feedback will be provided to each student by the Convenors on an ongoing basis, with all students to receive feedback before the end of week 6.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.


Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Anna Von Reibnitz
6125 4626
anna.vonreibnitz@anu.edu

Research Interests


Funds management; market efficiency; asset pricing

Dr Anna Von Reibnitz

Monday 10:00 13:00
AsPr Geoff Warren
6125 0487
geoff.warren@anu.edu.au

Research Interests


AsPr Geoff Warren

Monday 10:00 13:00

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