- Class Number 7187
- Term Code 3260
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Qiaoqiao Zhu
- Dr Qiaoqiao Zhu
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/07/2022
- Class End Date 28/10/2022
- Census Date 31/08/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
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.
Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.
ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.
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
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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction to Investments||No tutorial|
|2||Risk, Return, and the Historical Record|
|3||Capital Allocation and Optimal Risky Portfolios|
|5||The Capital Asset Pricing Model||Quiz 1|
|6||Multi-factor Asset Pricing Models and Empirical Evidence on Security Returns|
|7||The Efficient Market Hypothesis and Behavioral Finance|
|8||Bond Prices and Yields and The Term Structure of Interest Rates||Quiz 2|
|9||Managing Bond Portfolios||assignment given|
|10||Portfolio Performance Evaluation||Quiz 3|
|11||Hedge Funds||assignment due|
Tutorials will be available on campus, live through scheduled Zoom sessions and as pre-recorded videos. ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage (https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/timetabling).
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Online Quizzes||30 %||26/08/2022||14/10/2022||1,2,3,4|
|Final Exam||55 %||03/11/2022||01/12/2022||1,2,3,4|
* 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 Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
- Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Guideline and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
- Code of practice for teaching and learning
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 Academic Skills 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.
Course content delivery will take the form of weekly on-campus lectures (recorded and available via echo360 on Wattle), weekly online (Zoom) workshops (recorded) and weekly tutorials, delivered in hybrid format (on campus, live through scheduled Zoom sessions and as pre-recorded videos). Weekly consultations with the lecturer and the tutor(s) will be conducted over Zoom.
Centrally scheduled examinations through Examinations, Graduations & Prizes will be timetabled prior to the examination period. Please check ANU Timetabling for further information.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Weight: 30% in total
Duration: 20 minutes each
Time: Weeks 5, 8, & 10
Submission: via Wattle
Below are the topics covered:
Quiz 1 on Lectures 1 – 4
Quiz 2 on Lectures 5 – 7
Quiz 3 on Lectures 8 – 9
Three 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. If special consideration is approved before the quiz, the weighting of the quiz will be transferred to other quizzes.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Student will be given the case and relevant data for analysis in week 9. The assignment is due at COB of Monday in week 11. Assignment has a maximum page limit of 5 double-line single-sided pages. It counts as 15% toward the final grade. Assignment is to be submitted through Wattle. No late submission is allowed.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Duration: 3 hours
Time: Examination Period
The final exam is to be completed individually on Wattle. A mixture of theoretical and practical (numerical) questions will be included. All topics covered in this course will be examined. The exam will be centrally timetabled and more details about the exam will be provided in Week 10.
Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.
The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.
The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.
The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.
All assessments are to be submitted online.
There are no hard-copy submission for this course.
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.
The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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.
Distribution of grades policy
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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
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Investment and Corporate Finance
Dr Qiaoqiao Zhu
Dr Qiaoqiao Zhu