- Class Number 4205
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Xiaoting Wei
- Dr Xiaoting Wei
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 21/02/2022
- Class End Date 27/05/2022
- Census Date 31/03/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate a detailed understanding of core investments theory;
- Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the issues associated with the application of investments theory in a practical setting;
- Work effectively in group environments; and
- Effectively communicate the results of empirical research.
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
A non-programmable scientific calculator is a necessity for every enrolled student in this course.
Textbook: Bodie, Z. Kane, A. and Marcus, A., 2021, Investments, 12th 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. E-book is available in the ANU library electronic resource https://library.anu.edu.au/record=b6460999.
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
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction to Investments||No workshop No tutorial|
|2||Risk, Return, and the Historical Record|
|3||Capital Allocation and Optimal Risky Portfolios|
|4||Index Models||Quiz 1|
|5||The Capital Asset Pricing Model|
|6||Multi-factor Asset Pricing Models and Empirical Evidence on Security Returns||Quiz 2 No workshop|
|7||The Efficient Market Hypothesis and Behavioral Finance|
|8||Bond Prices and Yields and The Term Structure of Interest Rates||Quiz 3|
|9||Managing Bond Portfolios|
|10||Portfolio Performance Evaluation||Quiz 4|
Tutorials will be available on campus, live through scheduled Zoom sessions and as pre-recorded videos. Information regarding enrolments for these options will be provided on Wattle no later than week 1 of the semester.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Online Quizzes||40 %||15/03/2022||20/05/2022||1,2,3,4|
|Final Exam||60 %||02/06/2022||30/06/2021||1,2,3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
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Course content delivery will take the form of pre-recorded weekly lectures (available via echo360 on Wattle), pre-recorded weekly workshops (available via echo360 on Wattle) and weekly tutorials, delivered in hybrid format (on campus, live through scheduled Zoom sessions and as pre-recorded videos).
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Weight: 40% in total
Duration: 20 minutes each
Time: Weeks 4, 6, 8, & 10
Submission: via Wattle
Below are the topics covered:
Quiz 1 on Lectures 1 – 3
Quiz 2 on Lectures 4 – 5
Quiz 3 on Lectures 6 – 7
Quiz 4 on Lectures 8 – 9
Four online quizzes are counted towards the final grade and all quizzes are of equal value (10%). The quizzes are to be completed individually. Each quiz is 20mins and contains several multiple-choice questions. There is only one attempt allowed for each student. Each quiz will open at 2pm on Friday of the relevant quiz week and it will close at 2.20pm. No alternative arrangement will be made if a student misses a quiz. In cases where students apply for special considerations and have them approved before the quiz, the weighting of the quiz will be transferred to the final exam.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Duration: 3.5 hours
Time: Examination Period
Submission: via Wattle
The final exam will be a Wattle-based online exam and will be worth 60%. You will have 3.5 hours to complete the exam and it is to be completed individually. A mixture of theoretical and practical (numerical) questions will be included. All topics covered in this course will be examined. It will be open book and all materials are permitted. The exam will be centrally timetabled and more details about the exam will be provided in Week 10.
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All assessments are to be submitted online.
There are no hard-copy submission for this course.
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Banking and Corporate Finance
Dr Xiaoting Wei