2020 unit information
Classes and seminars in Trimester 2, 2020 will be online.
Last updated: 2 June 2020
MAF101 and one unit in (MAF202, MAA255, MAF255)
Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
1 x 2 hour class, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week
Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 3 scheduled online seminars
This unit is about understanding risk, return and capital allocation in financial markets. In particular, the emphasis is on equity investments, other asset classes, such as fixed income and derivatives are not discussed in this unit. A great deal of emphasis is laid on modern portfolio theories, asset pricing models, valuation of securities and portfolio performance evaluation.
These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this UnitAt the completion of this unit students can:
Define and differentiate various elements of investment environment and various financial instruments.
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilitiesGLO4: Critical thinking
Compare the advantages and disadvantages of managed funds investment against direct investment.
Evaluate securities using fundamental analysis.
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilitiesGLO2: CommunicationGLO3: Digital LiteracyGLO4: Critical thinkingGLO5: Problem Solving
Apply mean variance analysis to create optimal risky portfolio and optimal complete portfolio.
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilitiesGLO5: Problem Solving
Apply various asset pricing models for security analysis.
Compare and contrast various portfolio performance measures.
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilitiesGLO2: CommunicationGLO4: Critical thinking
These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year
Assessment 2: (Individual) - Simulated Investment and Portfolio Management
Part A: Weekly Simulated Investment Activities (automated quizzes and activities)
Assessment 3: (Group of 3-4 students) 25%
Part A: 3500 words
Part A: 15%
Part B: 10 %
The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.
Hurdle requirement: achieve at least 50% of the marks available on the examination
The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MAF307 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.
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