Subject BUSA90167 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

April, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 13-Apr-2016
Teaching Period 16-Apr-2016 to 14-May-2016
Assessment Period End 20-May-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Feb-2016
Census Date 22-Apr-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

This subject is only available to students admitted to MC-BA, MC-BAPT, or students with permission of the MBA course coordinator

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


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Subject Overview:

Investments is designed to provide you with the tools of modern finance for devising and evaluating financial portfolios and to make better investment choices. To this end we discuss and develop valuation techniques of financial instruments and working knowledge of portfolio management, pricing and hedging with options on individual stocks and indexes, forwards and futures contracts, monetary policy and how the conduct of monetary policy affects investment performance, devising investment strategies exploiting market inefficiencies.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Value important classes of financial assets such as common stocks, fixed-income securities, and derivative securities.
  • Build a diversified portfolio and assess portfolio performance.
  • Use financial derivatives as hedging instruments in portfolio creation and management.
  • Understand how money is created, how monetary policy is implemented and the effect of central banks decisions’ on the performance of their investment portfolios.
  • Devise investment strategies robust to financial crises and also those that exploit certain inefficiencies of financial markets.
  • Homework sets (40%)
    • Throughout subject
  • Final examination (60%)
    • Hurdle requirement
    • 3 hours
    • End of subject
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is only available to students admitted to MC-BA, MC-BAPT, or students with permission of the MBA course coordinator

Related Course(s): Master of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration/Master of Marketing

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