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Investment Analysis (BUS329)

School School of Business and Governance
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description An appropriate analysis of available assets and projects is important for making informed investment decision. This unit will examine the key areas of investment in financial assets including the investment environment, security trading procedures, performance of investment companies, construction of optimal portfolios with risk-free and risky financial assets and financial asset pricing models. It will also examine different degrees of financial markets efficiencies and how financial statements and options are used in making investment decisions and managing investment risks respectively.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:
ULO1: Demonstrate a critical understanding of key concepts and principles of financial investment analysis, including portfolio optimisation and managing investment risk
ULO2: Research and evaluate financial investment information - historical and contemporary. Including risk and performance.
ULO3: Develop criteria for constructing optimal investment portfolios consistent with risk preferences of investors.
ULO4: Communicate financial information to a variety of stakeholders
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshops: 2 hours per teaching week for South Street campus
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences The learning and teaching approach informing the assessment and activity selection and design in this unit are student-centred, constructivist, and outcome-based (SOLO), featuring predominantly active learning strategies with tasks that are open-ended, authentic, and scaffolded.
The unit uses blended learning which combines learning online with interactive workshops. Using this combination of online and face-to-face learning provides flexibility for all students to learn anytime (24/7), anywhere (with an Internet connection) at a pace that suits their learning style. In this unit students explore concepts online prior to workshops, through videos, audio, websites, simulations, readings, quizzes, blogs and online discussions. Workshops (online or face-to-face) are interactive and use active learning such as; guided instruction (e.g. small group and whole class discussion), role plays, simulations, case studies, scenario-based tasks, problem-based tasks, project-based tasks, presentations and enquiry-based tasks
Assessment Assessment in this unit is authentic, real-world and relevant; assessments are constructive, sequential and inter-linked; requiring students to use and engage with progressively higher-order cognitive (skill-based) processes; assessments are aligned with the desired learning outcomes; and, provide challenge, interest and motivation to learn.
Assessment comprises four assessments:
Case Analysis 30%
Online quiz 15%
Participation 10%
Final Exam 45%
Prerequisites BUS224 Corporate Finance or BUS286 Corporate Finance
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed BUS311 Investment Analysis may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Finance (BBus) [New in 2019]
Finance (BBus) [New in 2014]
Finance (BCom) [New in 2018]
Appears in these Minors Finance
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Kamrul Hassan
Lecturer Finance

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6503
e: K.Hassan@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.008B - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

Ms Vanessa Grida

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2254
e: Vanessa.Grida@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.002 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Kamrul Hassan
Lecturer Finance

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6503
e: K.Hassan@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.008B - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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