• Class Number 7737
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Daruo Xie
    • Dr Daruo Xie
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course allows students to acquire and apply the skills needed to design investment portfolios. It covers duties to clients, types of investment products, explores links between investment risk and return, introduces tools for use in portfolio construction, brings in analysis of fixed income products and introduces techniques to evaluate past investment performance.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Have attained an in depth understanding of core investments theory;
  2. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the issues associated with the application of investments theory in a practical setting;
  3. Be able to perform in group environments; and,
  4. Be effective in communicating the results of empirical research.

Research-Led Teaching

Some topics driven by the lecturer’s research experience. Sharing with students the latest research findings or methods in relevant research area.

Examination Material or equipment

Non-programmable calculator, Dictionary (unannoted), One A4 page of handwritten or typed notes (can use both sides).

Required Resources

Textbook: Bodie, Z. Kane, A. and Marcus, A., 2018, Investments, 11th Edition, Mc-Graw Hill/Irwin, New York;

The book can be purchased from the on campus bookshop, with a small number of copies also available for 2 hour loan in the reserve loan section of the ANU Library.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction
2 Risk, Return and Historical Data
3 Preferences, Risky Assets and Building Portfolios
4 The Capital Asset Pricing Model Assignment 1 handed out.
5 Arbitrage Pricing and Multifactor Models (1)
6 Arbitrage Pricing and Multifactor Models (2) Assignment 1 submission. Assignment 2 handed out. Midterm exam
7 Efficient Markets
8 Technical Analysis and Behavioral Finance Assignment 2 submission.
9 Bond Pricing, Yields
10 Managing Bond Portfolios and the Term Structure of Interest Rates
11 Portfolio Evaluation
12 Hedge Funds and Review

Tutorial Registration

Please see Wattle for tutors’ information.

Tutorial signup for this course will be done via the Wattle website. Detailed information about signup times will be provided on Wattle. When tutorials are available for enrolment, follow these steps:

1. Log on to Wattle, and go to the course site.

2. Click on the link “Tutorial enrolment”

3. On the right of the screen, click on the tab “Become Member of ……” for the tutorial class you wish to enter.

4. Confirm your choice

If you need to change your enrolment, you will be able to do so by clicking on the tab “Leave group…” and then re-enrol in another group. You will not be able to enrol in groups that have reached their maximum number. Please note that enrolment in ISIS must be finalised for you to have access to Wattle.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Quiz 0 % 12/08/2019 12/08/2019 1,2
Assignment 1 5 % 30/08/2019 16/09/2019 1,2,3,4
Assignment 2 10 % 27/09/2019 11/10/2019 1,2,3,4
Midterm Exam 25 % 30/08/2019 20/09/2019 1,2,4
Final Exam 60 % 31/10/2019 28/11/2019 1,2,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


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. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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.


See above. Further information about exam structure will be provided once the exams have been timetabled.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 0 %
Due Date: 12/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 12/08/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2


The quiz is for self-assessment purposes only and does not count towards your final grade. It will be made available on Wattle on 12 August and students should complete it before class on 20 August. Solutions to the quiz will be made available immediately after completion. If students have any issues with the solutions, they should discuss these with the lecturer, who will, on 20 August or soon thereafter, aim to clarify these issues in lectures.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 30/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 16/09/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Assignment 1

Design an asset allocation based on the choices in the spreadsheet, which contains information from 50 mutual funds available to investors. Submission will be in the form of a one page report.

The assignment will be released in week 4. It is to be completed individually, or students may form their own groups of two to complete the assignment.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 27/09/2019
Return of Assessment: 11/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Assignment 2

Investment opportunities are limited to five assets (1) S&P500 TR index; (2) US Oil Fund; (3)The MSCI EM ; (4) US Bond Index; (5)DXY Currency. Find the optimal portfolio based on sharpe ratio. Submission will be in the form of an Excel spreadsheet.

The assignment will be released in week 6. It is to be completed individually, or students may form their own groups of two to complete the assignment.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 30/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 20/09/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Midterm Exam

The midterm exam will cover the course content week 1 to week 5. The midterm is redeemable and optional for this course. If students skip midterm exam or perform better in their final exam, their final exam would count as 85% weight in the course total grade.

Centrally administered examinations through Examinations, Graduations & Prizes will be timetabled prior to the examination period. Please check ANU Timetabling for further information. Exam scripts will not be returned.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 31/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Final Exam

The final exam will cover the course content week 1 to week 12.

Centrally administered examinations through Examinations, Graduations & Prizes will be timetabled prior to the examination period. Please check ANU Timetabling for further information. Exam scripts will not be returned.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin. Where students work in a pair, assignments may be submitted by just one member of the group, but must include a completed cover sheet clearly identifying all members of the group. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records.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.

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

Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, 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 Daruo Xie
612 57422

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Dr Daruo Xie

Dr Daruo Xie
612 57422

Research Interests

Dr Daruo Xie


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