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MAF307 - Equities and Investment Analysis


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Saikat Sovan Deb
Trimester 2: Bob Li

MAF101 and one unit in (MAF202, MAA255, MAF255)

Incompatible with: MAF207
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2 hour class, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

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 Unit
At the completion of this unit students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Define and differentiate various elements of investment environment and various financial instruments.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Compare the advantages and disadvantages of managed funds investment against direct investment.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Evaluate securities using fundamental analysis.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital Literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem Solving


Apply mean variance analysis to create optimal risky portfolio and optimal complete portfolio.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO5: Problem Solving


Apply various asset pricing models for security analysis.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO5: Problem Solving


Compare and contrast various portfolio performance measures. 

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking


These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: (Individual) - Cloud (online) test   10% Week 5

Assessment 2: (Individual) - Simulated Investment and Portfolio Management

Part A: Weekly Simulated Investment Activities (automated quizzes and activities)

Part B: Journal Entries (reflection on investment strategies based on Part A)


Part B: Journal entries: 300-500 words each 15% Week 4 & Week 8

Assessment 3: (Group of 3-4 students) 25%

Part A: Written Group Assessment
Part B: Group video presentation

Part A: 3500 words


Part A: 15%

Part B: 10 %

Week 9


2 hours 50% Exam period

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

Hurdle requirement: achieve at least 50% of the  marks available on the examination

Learning Resource

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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