• Class Number 2654
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Hua Deng
    • Dr Dean Katselas
    • Dr Hua Deng
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
SELT Survey Results

Students in this course will receive training in the management of the Student Managed Fund (SMF), under the guidance of course conveners and students enrolled in Student Managed Fund Extension. The primary task of students will be to provide support in formulating investment recommendations to be reviewed and endorsed by an Investment Advisory Committee that includes industry practitioners and ANU staff. The students will also be responsible for assisting in the day-to-day functions typical of a managed fund. An SMF Charter and Governance Structure Statement sets out the policies and procedures under which the SMF operates.

Admission to the course will be selective, with the expectation that students who successfully complete the Student Managed Fund course will continue to the Student Managed Fund Extension course. To ensure continuity, students enrolled in the Student Managed Fund Extension course will adopt senior managerial and decision-making roles; and will be responsible for training the students enrolled in the Student Managed Fund course so that they can progress to the senior roles when enrolled in the Student Managed Fund Extension course. Student learning occurs through assisting in the management the SMF and its activities, and in undertaking research in support of investment recommendations and design of investment processes. The course is essentially an advanced form of activity-based learning, where teaching staff provide direction and support through workshops and consultations rather than formal lectures.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Manage (real) money in pursuit of defined objectives;
  2. Describe the manner in which the fund management industry operates;
  3. Communicate and advocate recommendations for action in an applied setting; and,
  4. Operate in a team environment.

Research-Led Teaching

Students undertaking this course will gain deep activity based learning by engaging in the management of a fund. In doing so, the course will draw on recent concepts, issues and practical information on investment management from various sources, including a wide range of industry research publications. Students are required to read and understand these materials and apply their understanding to activities including: formulating investment recommendations, monitoring and managing fund risk and reporting performance.

Required Resources

Course readings will be provided to students via email and other SMF communication platforms, including Sharepoint. Readings will come from a range of sources, including journal and industry articles and websites.

Staff Feedback

Students will primarily be given feedback in the form of verbal and written comments.

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 The start of the semester will focus on an introduction and overview, initial governance matters and the formation of an agenda for the remainder of the semester.
The course schedule will be determined as the semester progresses, with the agenda decided through a collaborative process between the Convenors and the Chief Investment Officer (CIO), with input from all students enrolled in the course.
Aims for the semester include, but are not limited to, the following:CIO:
  • Lead the student team
  • Sign off on investment processes
  • Manage the decision-making protocols
  • Set agenda for Student Managed Fund (SMF) Team meetings (with Convenors)
  • Propose recommendations for presenting to the Investment Advisory Committee (IAC)
  • Attend IAC meetings – provide background, updates

Asset Allocation (AA) team:
  • Maintain and implement AA investment process
  • Ongoing review of ETFs used by fund (for SRI Policy) 
  • Preparation of reports, including for presentation to the IAC

Active Australian Equities (AAE) team:
  • Maintain and implement AAE investment process
  • Identify and research candidate stock recommendations
  • Preparation of reports on companies and the equity portfolio, including for presentation to the IAC

Risk and Compliance (R&C) team:
  • Risk management and compliance process and related reports; working with Fund Convenor and teams
Areas to cover include:
  • Risk evaluation (with regard to fund objectives, in particular investment and reputation risk)
  • Monitoring vs policy (including portfolio constraints and SRI)
  • Performance measurement and attribution
  • Implementation of the Behavioural Bias Risk Management Framework (BBRMF)
  • Meeting reporting requirements (see Charter & Governance Structure)

Relationship team:
  • Communication of SMF activities, including maintenance of external communication platforms, e.g. SMF website, social media platforms
  • Engagement with external parties
  • Preparation of selected reports and records, especially mid-semester and end-semester reports
Please see the "Assessment Tasks" section for details on the assessment tasks and due dates.

Tutorial Registration

A schedule for sub-team meetings will be discussed in Week 1. 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 Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Holistic Convenor assessment 30 % 03/06/2024 27/06/2024 1,2,3,4
Student Portfolio 40 % 03/06/2024 27/06/2024 1,2,3,4
Student peer review 30 % 03/06/2024 27/06/2024 1,2,3,4
Verbal feedback (0% weighting) 0 % 15/03/2024 15/03/2023 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:

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.


The course will be delivered on campus during timetabled sessions. The presentations to the Investment Advisory Committee are conducted live over Zoom, to be discussed further in Week 1. Conveners are available for consultation by appointment - please email the convener to arrange a consultation in person or over Zoom if required.

In addition to the whole-of-Fund meetings outlined above, each sub-team will have weekly meetings. A schedule for sub-team meetings will be discussed in Week 1. Sub-team meetings will be held in person on campus.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 03/06/2024
Return of Assessment: 27/06/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Holistic Convenor assessment

Assessment tasks will differ depending on the role of each student within the fund. It is expected that students will undertake oral presentations, submit reports and participate in weekly meetings.

The marks for the course will be based on the contribution made in working towards the SMF objectives as set out in the Charter and Governance Structure, as well as acting in accordance with the SMF key values. 70% of the mark will be determined by the Course Convenor, with input from the Fund Convenor and external members of the Investment Advisory Committee where appropriate. This 70% is broken down into two components, a holistic Convenor assessment (30%) and a student portfolio (40%). The remaining 30% of the mark will be driven by fellow students via a student peer review.

Details of Assessment Task 1 - Holistic Convenor assessment

30% of the student's overall mark for the course will be derived from a holistic assessment of the contribution made in working towards the SMF objectives during the semester, as set out in the Charter and Governance Structure (CGS), and the SMF key values.

Individual students’ assessment schemes will be negotiated with the Course Convener. Examples of items considered in determining the holistic convenor grade include:

  • Evidence of diligently embracing and working towards the five key values
  • Quality and relevance of work items submitted to convenors for comment, or presented to the IAC or SMF team.
  • Contributions that benefit the fund outside of the student’s particular brief
  • Contributions to the discussion in team meetings: their relevance, and the manner in which they are done
  • Meeting attendance: failure to turn up on time or send apologies can negatively impact grade
  • Evidence of working well within the overall team and sub-team, such as offering comments on the work of other team members and displaying a willingness to help out others
  • If a student is in the senior cohort (FINM3010/6010): showing leadership, and mentoring of junior members
  • If a student is in the junior cohort (FINM3009/6009): stepping up and showing initiative, for example putting forward new ideas or asking clarification questions, and supporting the senior cohort in achieving team tasks

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 03/06/2024
Return of Assessment: 27/06/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Student Portfolio

Details of Assessment Task 2 - Student Portfolio

  • 40% of the student's overall mark for the course will be derived from a student portfolio, in which students are required to submit evidence of their contribution towards advancing the Fund’s objectives over the semester. The portfolio comprises:
  1. the evidence that the student has completed the required training in ethics and professional conduct
  2. a list of key tasks completed over the semester (maximum 1 page)
  3. a reflective summary, outlining the scope of work undertaken and how they have contributed to the SMF key values (maximum 2 pages)
  4. any key analysis, models or documents, as examples of work undertaken.
  • Further details will be provided by no later than the end of week 2.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 03/06/2024
Return of Assessment: 27/06/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Student peer review

Details of Assessment Task 3 - Student peer review

30% of the student's overall mark for the course will be determined by fellow students, via an anonymous peer review based on how the student has contributed to the pursuit of fund objectives and the SMF key values. Further details will be provided by no later than the end of week 2.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 0 %
Due Date: 15/03/2024
Return of Assessment: 15/03/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Verbal feedback (0% weighting)

Verbal feedback will be provided to each student by the Convenors on an ongoing basis, with all students to receive feedback before the end of week 6.

It is recommended that students seek additional feedback from the Convenors as relevant to each student on an ongoing basis, in order to ensure they are meeting the learning outcomes as required.

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

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

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 Hua Deng

Research Interests

Corporate finance and corporate governance

Dr Hua Deng

Monday 13:00 15:00
Monday 13:00 15:00
Dr Dean Katselas

Research Interests

Corporate finance and corporate governance

Dr Dean Katselas

Monday 14:00 16:00
Dr Hua Deng

Research Interests

Dr Hua Deng

Monday 13:00 15:00
Monday 13:00 15:00

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