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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 - 2022


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. Take Home Exam
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 evaluation


Students responses to the student evaluations indicate the refinement of requirements and expectations of the assessment task was effective.


Continue to improve on this newly designed assessment tasks, requirements, feedback and rubrics to further fine tune.

Feedback from Informal Student feedback


By making the use of the financial planning software, XPlan, optional for the assessment task given it is not a requirement by the Financial Advisers Standards and Ethics Authority to assess XPlan for accreditation, was a positive step for the unit.


Making XPlan financial planning software an optional tool to use did not deter all students from using XPlan for their assessments. Therefore, the choice of whether to utilise the XPlan financial planning software will remain with the students to decide.

Feedback from Student evaluation


Using a detailed rubric to remove any opportunity for subjective grading, while also using the rubrics to provide meaningful feedback met with student approval.


With further refinements, continue utilising detailed grading rubrics for assessment feedback.

Feedback from Student feedback via Moodle Q&A Forum


A common cause of student frustrations were that the URL links between Moodle and Echo360 seems to get broken every time there was a change or upgrade to Moodle or for no apparent reason.


Work with TaSAC to find a solution to avoid broken links once the links have been activated between Moodle and Echo360.

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 - Take Home Exam - 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 - Take Home Exam - 50%
Textbooks and Resources



Fundamentals of Investing, Global Edition 14th (2020)

Authors: Smart, Scott & Zutter, Chad
Pearson Australia
Sydney Sydney , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9781292316970
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

Your textbook (print edition) can be purchased from:

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • XPlan Software
Academic Integrity Statement

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