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

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 3 - 2019

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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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 2.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 77.78% 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: Head of Programs Financial Planning and student complaints
Assessment design was found to be the most problematic for students
A comprehensive analysis of the shortcomings of this Unit has been provided. Remedies for improvement are identified. Thus, the assessment will be revised as suggested in section 3. Namely, reduce the demanding workloads by: 1) making XPlan voluntary 2) by providing the students with a completed and accurate Fact Find 3) design the Statement of Advice (SOA) template to assess investment planning strategy/ies and product recommendations to meet the learning outcomes of the unit.
Action Taken
Source: Self-reflection and students informal feedback
Level of lecturer availability appears excessive
Lecturer availability will be determined by student demand using weekly scheduled Zoom, Email, Moodle News, Discussion and Q&A Forums.
Action Taken
Source: Self-reflection, informal discussions with students and formal student evaluations
Feedback from students seem to focus primarily on the data Fact Find inconsistencies in the assignment
The Fact Find has been simplified and the inconsistencies removed. Given our assignments do not equate precisely in terms of depth with industry activities as a consequence of the implementation of post-Royal Commission industry compliance standards, the students will be made aware of the places where the simplifications lie and what they will be expected to do when in practice.
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