FINC19012 - Investment Analysis and Risk Management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 Profile
Online

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Take Home Exam 50%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 65% response rate.

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.

Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Students responses to the student evaluations indicate the refinement of requirements and expectations of the assessment task was effective.
Recommendation
Continue to improve on this newly designed assessment tasks, requirements, feedback and rubrics to further fine tune.
Action Taken
Continue to improve each term using the feedback from student evaluations.
Source: Informal Student feedback
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.
Recommendation
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.
Action Taken
XPlan continues to be well-received by most students especially with the new training platform offered by IRESS to our students at no charge. XPlan will remain an optional tool.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Using a detailed rubric to remove any opportunity for subjective grading, while also using the rubrics to provide meaningful feedback met with student approval.
Recommendation
With further refinements, continue utilising detailed grading rubrics for assessment feedback.
Action Taken
Rubrics continues to be well-received by students and will be used as is in future terms.
Source: Student feedback via Moodle Q&A Forum
Feedback
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.
Recommendation
Work with TaSAC to find a solution to avoid broken links once the links have been activated between Moodle and Echo360.
Action Taken
Continue to work with TaSAC to find a solution to avoid broken links once the links have been activated between Moodle and Echo360.
Source: Self-evaluation
Feedback
Feedback in the student evaluations has been positive and the unit coordinator received email messages of thanks from students. This indicates overall the students appreciate personalised service from their unit coordinator when they are made to feel comfortable to reach out when needing academic, assessment or support to succeed in their studies.
Recommendation
Unit coordinator will continue to offer personalised support when students reach out via email, one-on-one private Zoom sessions, telephone calls and/or Moodle Forums.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
A distant student suggested that as they cannot be present for live classes, it was discouraging that the lecture voiceovers were just the lecturer reading directly from the textbook. It wasn't helpful for learning as they could do it themselves.
Recommendation
Review the overhead slides and voice over readings of the course content to cater to all student needs as some students liked this approach and some students dislike this approach.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Student evaluations indicate the students enjoy the live 2-hour Zoom Workshops and a recording of this workshop to watch or listen to later.
Recommendation
Continue offering a live 2-hour Zoom Workshop.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Take Home Exam
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Take Home Exam