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)
Dr Mosha Hossain & Associate Professor Jing Yu (Semester 1), Dr Rui Zhong (Semester 2)
Unit rules
Master of Commerce students: ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting and FINA5432 Introduction to Finance; Master of Applied Finance students: ECON5541 Economics for Business: Applications and Policy and MGMT5504 Data Analysis and Decision Making and ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting (or equivalent) and BUSN5100 Applied Professional Business Communications

Graduate Certificate in Finance students: none
Master of Applied Finance students: FINA5533 Finance Essentials (or equivalent)
Contact hours
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.