UWA Handbook 2015

Unit details

FINA3324 Investment Analysis [UG]

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Crawley)Face to face
Details for new undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Finance major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Science students
  • Level 3 elective
Content This unit provides a framework for a systematic, coherent analysis of risk and return, pricing of investment assets, the construction of investment portfolios and the role of psychology and economics in investment markets.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) describe how securities markets operate; (2) discuss the temporal behaviour of security prices and capital market efficiency; (3) apply concepts from modern portfolio theory and evaluate their implications for portfolio management; (4) describe the concepts of behavioural finance and their application to the understanding of portfolio performance and management; (5) evaluate portfolio performance; (6) discuss the benefits of international diversification; and (7) understand academic articles relating to investment analysis and thoughtfully discuss their contents and implications (being critical of aspects of these analyses where appropriate).
Assessment Assessment information is provided in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit rules
Prerequisites: any Level 2 Finance unit; for pre-2012 courses: FINA2221 Introduction to Finance
Contact hours up to 3 hours per week which may include lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.biz.uwa.edu.au/Units/FINA3324/SEM-1/2015

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