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.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: FINC 19011

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile

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. Examination 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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 52.94% 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 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.
Action Taken
This is a new course with revised learning resources developed and a new textbook prescribed. Based on the Unit evaluation score of 4.7/5 for timely feedback and 4.5/5 for assessment feedback, the students were happy with the action taken to address their concerns.
Source: FLEX students.
Video lectures requested.
Provide video lecture/tutorials.
Action Taken
Video resources were provided from several sources and Zoom recordings were posted on Moodle. As the course develops, more of these video lectures and tutorials will be created.
Source: Self-Reflection
1) Despite arranging three months before the term started to get XPlan web-based software student logins and passwords, there were delays, because IRESS Xplan supplier was overwhelmed with an unexpected interest from Australian Universities offering financial planning course to incorporate this software into their programs. So the initial assessment due date was extended for all students to compensate for the delay in obtaining their logins from IRESS. 2) IRESS helpdesk support was lacking, but they explained they were recruiting staff to improve this area of their service for the education sector. 3) Interestingly, although students, when polled at the start of term, wanted Zoom tutorial sessions, only one to four out of nineteen (and always the same people too) attended these Zoom sessions.
1) CQU cannot control the operations of IRESS, however, there are two other main suppliers of financial planning software to consider for future courses. They are COIN and Midwinter. 2) Will evaluate IRESS XPlan support services in T2 2018, before moving to other suppliers of software. 3) Encourage students to attend tutorials.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback
With a score of 4.4/5 the student evaluation feedback indicated that the students were relatively satisfied with what some referred to in emails and informal Zoom sessions a challenging course. 2) The requirement to self-study the XPlan software seemed to be the most disliked aspect of the Assessment. Seemingly, the students felt the eLearning tools and Help button in XPlan not sufficient, XPlan is difficult to learn to navigate.
Based on student email and Zoom session feedback, the unit co-ordinator will add more resources to making learning to use XPlan easier for students. She will create Camtasia presentations using PowerPoint slides and Zoom presentations to show students how to use XPlan.
Action Taken
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 - Examination
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination