• Class Number 4928
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Dr Dean Katselas
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
    • Dr Jan Drienko
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. Demonstrate a detailed 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. Work effectively in group environments; and
  4. Effectively communicate the results of empirical research.

Research-Led Teaching

This course will cover methods which are applicable in both a research and practical context. Examples will be provided during the course of the semester which will demonstrate the practical application of research based models. 

Required Resources

Prescribed Text

Bodie, Z., Kane, A. and Marcus, A., (2017), Investments 11th Ed., Mc-Graw Hill, New York. (BKM)

(BKM 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 Chifley Library. Electronic access may also be purchased via the publisher.)

Other Required Reading

CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct http://www.cfapubs.org/doi/pdf/10.2469/ccb.v2014.n6.1

Brailsford, T., Heaney, R. and Bilson, C. (2011), Investments: Concepts and Applications 4th Ed., Cengage, South Melbourne.

Bodie, Z., Ariff, M., da Silva Rosa, R., Kane, A. and Marcus, A. (2007), Investments 1st Australian Ed., McGraw-Hill Australia, Sydney.

(These recommended texts are available in the reserve loan section of the Chifley Library.)

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

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 Topic: Introduction to Investments Activity: Lecture 1 Required student preparation: BKM Chapters 1 to 4.
2 Topic: Risk, Return, and the Historical Record Activity: Lecture 2 Required student preparation: BKM Chapter 5.
3 Topic: Capital Allocation and Optimal Risky Portfolios Activity: Lecture 3 Required student preparation: BKM Chapters 6 and 7.
4 Topic: Index Models Activity: Lecture 4 Required student preparation: BKM Chapter 8.
5 Topic: The Capital Asset Pricing Model Activity: Lecture 5 Required student preparation: BKM Chapter 9.
6 Topic: Multifactor Asset Pricing Models and Empirical Evidence on Security Returns Activity: Lecture 6 Required student preparation: BKM Chapters 10 and 13.
7 Topic: The Efficient Market Hypothesis and Behavioural Finance Activity: Lecture 7 Required student preparation: BKM Chapters 11 and 12.
8 Topic: Bond Prices and Yields and The Term Structure of Interest Rates Activity: Lecture 8 Required student preparation: BKM Chapters 14 and 15.
9 Topic: Managing Bond Portfolios Activity: Lecture 9 Required student preparation: BKM Chapter 16.
10 Topic: Portfolio Performance Evaluation Activity: Lecture 10 Required student preparation: BKM Chapter 24.
11 Topic: Hedge Funds Activity: Lecture 11 Required student preparation: BKM Chapter 26.
12 Topic: Investment Policy and the Framework of the CFA Institute & Review Activity: Lecture 12 Required student preparation: BKM Chapter 28, CFA Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Final Examination – 3 hours duration (TBA) 100 % 1, 2

* 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 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.


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 1

Value: 100 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

Final Examination – 3 hours duration (TBA)

Date: To be centrally scheduled and administered by the ANU examinations office to take place during the final exam period.

Value or weighting: 100%

Additional information: This will be a closed book examination which may include all topics covered throughout the semester, with emphasis placed on the topics from weeks 6 to 12. There will be no formula sheet for this examination, so please ensure you study with this expectation in mind. More details regarding the exam will be provided in the lecture in Week 12.

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

The ANU uses 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. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin. Where students work in a group 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

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.

Returning Assignments

The assessments will be returned via TurnitIn by the dates indicated in the Assessment Summary. If there is any change to this, an announcement will be made on Wattle.

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.

Resubmission of Assignments

No resubmission of assignments is allowed.

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 Dean Katselas
02 6125 0487

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Dr Jan Drienko

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