Gold CoastSession 1Session 1
OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

Introduces students to portfolio management including portfolio theory, asset pricing, valuation, investment analysis and strategies, and performance evaluation. Students will engage in teacher-directed activities and experiences relevant to contemporary portfolio construction and management. A project-based learning approach will also be emphasised using the ‘StockTrak’ investment simulation.

Unit content

Topic 1: The Investment Portfolio: An Introduction

Topic 2: Investor Preferences and Portfolio Concepts

Topic 3: Portfolio Management

Topic 4: Risky Asset Pricing Models

Topic 5: Equity Valuation Models

Topic 6: Macro- and Industry Analysis

Topic 7: Quantitative Stock Analysis

Topic 8: Qualitative Stock Analysis

Topic 9: Hedging and Speculating with Options

Topic 10: Alternative Investments

Topic 11: Performance Evaluation of Managed Funds

Topic 12: Contemporary Issues in Portfolio Management

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Brailsford, T, Heaney, R & Bilson, C, 2015, Investments: Concepts & Applications, 5th edn, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne, Victoria. ISBN: 9780170235532.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Project proposal15%
Project evaluation15%
Project analysis30%
Exam: closed book40%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Project proposal15%
Project evaluation15%
Project analysis30%
Exam: closed book40%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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