CQUniversity Unit Profile
FINC19012 Investment Analysis and Risk Management
Investment Analysis and Risk Management
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General Information


This unit covers investment analysis of complex investment portfolios. You will be introduced to contemporary investment theories and construct a client focused portfolio. You will examine the risks associated with domestic and international investment products.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: FINC 19011

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2018


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 50%
2. Examination
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student Feedback Survey


Student Feedback Survey: assessment feedback (score 2.7/5), learning resources (2.5/5)


Review and revise learning resources on Moodle. Ensure Course Profile is correct, including text book references. Ensure timely and relevant assessment feedback.

Feedback from FLEX students.


Video lectures requested.


Provide video lecture/tutorials.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the principles of advanced investment analysis and risk management
  2. Construct client focused portfolios using domestic and international financial products
  3. Solve real world complex investment problems.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment - 50%
2 - Examination - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 50%
2 - Examination - 50%
Textbooks and Resources



Investments: Concepts and Applications 5th edn (2015)

Authors: Bradford, T, Heaney, R & Bilson, C
Cengage Learning Australia
South Melbourne South Melbourne , Vic , Australia
ISBN: 9780170235532
Binding: Other

Financial Planning Second Revised (2014)

Authors: McKeown, Warren, Kerry, Mike, Olynyk, Marc
John Wiley & Sons Inc
Chatswood Chatswood , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9781118644836
Binding: Other

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • XPlan software to complete Practical Assessment 1
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 6th Edition (APA 6th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Angelique Mcinnes Unit Coordinator
Week 1 Begin Date: 05 Mar 2018


Overview of the investment framework, market efficiency and portfolio theory


1 and 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 12 Mar 2018


Capital asset pricing models


7 and 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 19 Mar 2018


Alternate risky asset pricing models


9 and 10

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 26 Mar 2018


Fixed income securities


5 and 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 02 Apr 2018


Security analysis


11, 12 and 13

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 09 Apr 2018



Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 16 Apr 2018


Margin lending


Stacey, S 2008, 'Lessons (to be) learnt from the Opes Prime insolvency', Melbourne University Law Review, vol. 32, pp. 1127-1182.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 23 Apr 2018




3 and 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 30 Apr 2018


Options, futures and forward contracts


15 and 16

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 07 May 2018




4 and 15

Events and Submissions/Topic

PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT : Securities and Managed Investments Due: Week 9 Friday (11 May 2018) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 14 May 2018


Management of multi-asset portfolios


18 and 19

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 21 May 2018


Performance evaluation



Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 28 May 2018


Have Your Say survey, revision and exam preparation


Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 04 Jun 2018



Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Jun 2018



Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT : Securities and Managed Investments

Task Description

This is an individual assessment.

Important detailed information for your assessment is on the Moodle site.

Before you begin, please read the:

  1. instructions for completing and submitting your assessment.
  2. case study background.

Task requirements:

  1. Identify the client's objectives, needs and financial situation by reviewing the case study background and fact find information provided. Input this information into XPlan software and download the created Fact Find document.
  2. Analyse and score the risk profile of the client within the context of the client's objectives, needs and financial situation.
  3. Using the reflective questions, develop and document appropriate investment and managed fund strategies and recommendations to achieve the client's goals.
  4. Prepare a written Statement of Advice using the template provided and financial planning software XPlan, Microsoft-Excel and related software [which we will make available to you via Moodle].
  5. Present the strategies and recommendations to the client in a one A4-page summary document.
  6. Assume you negotiated acceptance of the financial plan with the client by documenting the conversation in a file note in XPlan.
  7. Assume you offered to provide ongoing service to the client, and file note the outcome of this conversation in XPlan.

We provide:

  1. Fact find information assumedly obtained during a meeting with the client.
  2. Risk profile information of the client.
  3. Reflective questions to assist in the analysis phase of the financial planning process.
  4. Statement of Advice template, which you must use to present your recommendations to the client.

From the above task, it is clear this is a practical assessment dealing with a real world financial planning client investment need. Please start this assessment as soon as possible, because for some of you it will require learning numerous new skills. Learning how to use new software [for instance, XPlan] may need sometime and practice. Your lecturer is available via Facebook Closed Group, Moodle discussion forum and Q&A forum, and mobile phone messaging, as well as email to address any concerns or difficulties during the term as you work on your Assessment. Please refer to Moodle and download all three files relating to this Assessment’s requirements. Please read these long documents carefully.

Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Friday (11 May 2018) 11:45 pm AEST

Submission via Moodle

Return Date to Students

Week 11 Friday (25 May 2018)

Feedback via Moodle


Assessment Criteria

Find on Moodle a comprehensive marking criteria sheet. We award marks for:

  1. Completing and downloading in Microsoft-Word format the Fact Find within the context of the client's objectives, needs and financial situation in XPlan.
  2. Scoring the client’s risk profile within XPlan and incorporating this information in your financial plan.
  3. Documenting reflective answers in Microsoft-Word to demonstrate critical in-depth analysis, plus effective use of the calculation and software tools to underpin the investment and managed fund recommendations.
  4. Statement of Advice completion using the Microsoft-Word template provided.
  5. One-page client summary presentation document in a Microsoft-Word document.
  6. File note created in XPlan and downloaded into Microsoft-Word documenting the financial plan negotiations with the client and discussions around ongoing services.
  7. File note created in XPlan and downloaded into Microsoft-Word documenting discussions around ongoing services.

Referencing Style


Submission Instructions
Your assessment 1 will comprise six separate files as per the Assessment Criteria List above. For example, point five where you have to provide 'Two Filenotes in XPlan' will be prepared in XPlan software, downloaded as two word documents and its contents merged into a single file. Thus both filenotes will be submitted as a single word-document on Moodle. For point 1 you will enter the fact find data into Xplan, download the fact find from XPlan as a word document and submit as a separate file. The same applies for all the rest of the points above.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the principles of advanced investment analysis and risk management
  • Construct client focused portfolios using domestic and international financial products
  • Solve real world complex investment problems.

Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice


Complete an invigilated examination

During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre


180 minutes

Calculator - all non-communicable calculators, including scientific, programmable and graphics calculators are authorised
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
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As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

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