Information on this page, including unit offerings, is from the 2019 academic year.
Investment Analysis (BUS329)
|Availability||MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
|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%
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
|Appears in these Minors||Finance
|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch 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.|