• Class Number 6967
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Daruo Xie
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
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

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), A4 page of handwritten or typed notes (can use both sides).

Required Resources

Textbook: Bodie, Z. Kane, A. and Marcus, A., 2020, 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.

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.

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). 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.

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

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.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Quiz 0 % 17/08/2023 17/08/2023 1,2
Assignment 1 5 % 04/09/2023 21/09/2023 1,2,3,4
Assignment 2 10 % 02/10/2023 16/10/2023 1,2,3,4
Midterm Exam 25 % 01/09/2023 22/09/2023 1,2,4
Final Exam 60 % 02/11/2023 30/11/2023 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 Integrity 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 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.


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

Assessment Task 1

Value: 0 %
Due Date: 17/08/2023
Return of Assessment: 17/08/2023
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 17 August and students should complete it before class on 25 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 25 August or soon thereafter, aim to clarify these issues in lectures.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 04/09/2023
Return of Assessment: 21/09/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Assignment 1

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

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: 02/10/2023
Return of Assessment: 16/10/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Assignment 2

Investment opportunities are limited to five assets, e.g. (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: 01/09/2023
Return of Assessment: 22/09/2023
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.

The midterm exam will be on campus in person. The midterm will take place in the lecture time. This exam will take place in week 6.

Please check ANU Timetabling for further information.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 02/11/2023
Return of Assessment: 30/11/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Final Exam

The final exam will cover the course content from week 1 to week 12. The final exam will last for 3 hours.

Centrally scheduled examinations through Examinations, Graduations & Prizes will be timetabled prior to the examination period. The exam will be on campus in person. Please check ANU Timetabling for further information.

Academic Integrity

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.

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) 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

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • 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.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

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.

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

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Dr Daruo Xie

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