• Class Number 3513
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Yichao Zhu
    • Yichao Zhu
  • 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

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. 

Examination Material or equipment

Please see the Wattle course site for information on examination material. For mid-term exam, this information will be released by the end of week 5; and for the final exam, this information will be released no later than week 10.

Required Resources

Prescribed Text

Bodie, Z., Kane, A. and Marcus, A., (2021), Investments 12th Ed., Mc-Graw Hill, New York. (BKM)

(BKM may be purchased from the campus bookshop, with e-book access also available via the ANU Library.)

Other Required Reading

CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct (Available online)

Brailsford, T., Heaney, R. and Bilson, C. (2015), Investments: Concepts and Applications 5th Ed., Cengage, South Melbourne. (Available online)

Bodie, Z., Ariff, M., da Silva Rosa, R., Kane, A. and Marcus, A. (2007), Investments 1st Australian Ed., McGraw-Hill Australia, Sydney. (Hard copy available at the ANU Library)

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback before the end of week 6 in the following forms in this course:

  • in tutorials through interactions with tutors and discussions with other students;
  • through assessments where tutors will provide specific feedback;
  • through consulting teaching staff during their consultation time.

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 Topic: Introduction to InvestmentsReadings: Bodie et al Chapters 1 to 4.
2 Topic: Risk and ReturnReadings: Bodie et al Chapter 5.
3 Topic: Capital Allocation and Optimal Risky PortfoliosReadings: Bodie et al Chapters 6 and 7.
4 Topic: Capital Asset Pricing ModelReadings: Bodie et al Chapter 9.
5 Topic: Index ModelsReadings: Bodie et al Chapter 8. Feedback to students
6 Topic: Multifactor ModelsReadings: Bodie et al Chapters 10 and 13.
7 Topic: Efficient Market Hypothesis and Behavioural FinanceReadings: Bodie et al Chapters 11 and 12. Mid-term Examination
8 Topic: Portfolio Performance EvaluationReadings: Bodie et al Chapter 24.
9 Topic: Fixed Income SecuritiesReadings: Bodie et al Chapter 14.
10 Topic: Term Structure of Interest RatesReadings: Bodie et al Chapter 15. Assignment due
11 Topic: Managing Bond PortfoliosReadings: Bodie et al Chapter 16.
12 Topic: ReviewReadings: Bodie et al Chapter 28, CFA Code of Ethics and Standards ofProfessional Conduct.

Tutorial Registration

Tutorials will start from Week 2 through to Week 12. Tutorials will be available on campus. 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
Feedback to students through a Wattle comprehensieve quiz 0 % 22/03/2024 22/03/2024 1,2,3,4
Mid-Term Examination 20 % 19/04/2024 03/05/2024 1,2
Assignment 20 % 10/05/2024 24/05/2024 2,3,4
Final Examination 60 % 30/05/2024 27/06/2024 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 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.


Course content delivery will take the form of weekly on-campus lectures and workshops (recorded and available via echo360 on Wattle), weekly tutorials will be all delivered on campus. Weekly consultations with the lecturer and the tutors will be conducted in-person and/or over Zoom.


Centrally administered examinations through Examinations, Graduations & Prizes will be timetabled prior to the examination period. Please check ANU Timetabling for further information.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 0 %
Due Date: 22/03/2024
Return of Assessment: 22/03/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Feedback to students through a Wattle comprehensieve quiz

  • Students will be invited to attempt a Wattle comprehensive quiz in week 5.
  • This quiz does not count towards the final grade.
  • This quiz will be two-hour long and students can make multiple attempts.
  • Students will be given feedback based on their attempts in this quiz by the end of week 5.
  • Further information on the quiz will be made available no later than lecture in week 4.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 19/04/2024
Return of Assessment: 03/05/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Mid-Term Examination

  • The mid-term exam is expected be held during Week 7. This may be subject to change in the unforeseen event of timetabling restrictions. Should this be the case, students will be advised well in advance by the lecturer.
  • The mid-term exam will be two-hour long and will cover content from Week 1 through to 6 inclusive.
  • The mid-term exam is worth 20% and will be redeemable towards the final exam.
  • Specific details will be provided by the end of Week 5, with all information found on Wattle.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 10/05/2024
Return of Assessment: 24/05/2024
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4


  • Due date: Friday 10 May 2024, by 5pm (Week 10), Canberra time.
  • The assignment is worth 20% and is NOT redeemable.
  • An assignment handout will be provided on Wattle at the commencement of semester, with details elaborated in class.
  • The assignment is to be submitted electronically via Wattle.
  • Team formation: The assignment is to be completed in a group containing 3 - 4 students. Students should commence forming groups as soon as possible, and once decided upon, email the Lecturer with the details of their group (student names and IDs of each member), with all group members included as recipients to the email. To assist students in finding a group, a discussion forum will be available via Wattle, where students may post their desire to find a group, and/or existing groups looking for additional members. The deadline for forming groups will be the end of Week 4.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 30/05/2024
Return of Assessment: 27/06/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Final Examination

  • The final examination will be held on campus in-person
  • The final examination will be based on all the work covered throughout the duration of the semester. The final examination is worth 60% of the overall course grade, or 80% if the mid-term examination is redeemed.
  • The final examination will be 3-hour long.
  • This is a centrally administered examination. Please check ANU Timetabling for further information. Further information about the examination will be provided in class and on Wattle no later than Week 10.

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

There are no hardcopy submissions required for this course.

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.

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. 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.

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).

Yichao Zhu
02 612 50776

Research Interests

Asset pricing; Short selling; Fixed income; Financial institutions

Yichao Zhu

Tuesday 11:00 13:00
Tuesday 11:00 13:00
Yichao Zhu
02 612 50776

Research Interests

Yichao Zhu

Tuesday 11:00 13:00
Tuesday 11:00 13:00

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