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MAF908 - Empirical Asset Pricing


2022 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Mike Mao
Cohort rule:This unit is only available to students enrolled in M820 - Master of Research (Business), M900 - Doctor of Philosophy


Incompatible with: Nil
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:

3 face-to-face contact hours per week


This is a first-year unit of the PhD sequence in finance. The unit aims to introduce a selection of topics in the area of empirical asset pricing. The unit will help students to become familiar with related empirical methods and explore interests in asset pricing.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Apply advanced and specialised finance theories, concepts, and models to evaluate, analyse, propose, and justify recommended approaches to resolving complex asset pricing scenarios

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO5: Problem solving


Employ oral and written communication skills to effectively disseminate complex asset pricing research ideas

GLO2: Communication


Use online resources to develop an in-depth and nuanced understanding of the asset pricing literature

GLO3: Digital literacy


Critically evaluate published and unpublished research papers on asset pricing

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
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) Oral presentation (In Class) 

30 minutes 15% Week 4

Assessment 2: (Individual) 2 x Reports (Research) 

3000 words 35% Week 6

Examination (Closed Book) 

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: MAF908 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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