FINA5632 Investments

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit develops a greater understanding of investment analysis and capital markets from the viewpoint of the investor/fund manager. Topics include an overview of the operations of the capital markets; security analysis; risk-return trade-off and portfolio theory; the temporal behaviour of security prices including the efficient markets hypothesis and the evidence relating to it; asset pricing models; fixed income securities; investment performance and measurement; and options and futures.
Students are able to (1) develop an understanding of investment analysis and capital markets from the viewpoint of the investor/fund manager; (2) apply advanced theoretical knowledge to implement an investment portfolio to achieve investment goals; (3) adapt acquired knowledge and apply concepts to address issues associated with portfolio management; (4) think and reason logically and creatively through participation in discussion relating to investment analysis; (5) develop competencies to work effectively in diverse teams; and (6) demonstrate the ability to produce clear and concise written communication.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in class participation; (2) assignment; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Mr John King (Semester 1 and Semester 2)
Unit rules
Master of Commerce students: ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting
FINA5432 Introduction to Finance; Master of Applied Finance students: ECON5541 Economics for Business: Applications and Policy
MGMT5504 Data Analysis and Decision Making
ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting (or equivalent)
MGMT5610 Applied Professional Business Communications

Graduate Certificate in Finance students: none
Advisable prior study:
Part time Master of Applied Finance students: FINA5533 Finance Essentials (or equivalent)
Contact hours
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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