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FINS5513 S2 2013 Course Outline

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    FINS5513 INVESTMENTS AND PORTFOLIO SELECTION This Version: 12 July 2013 Course Outline Semester 2, 2013 Part A: Course-Specific Information Please consult Part B for key information on ASB policies (including those on plagiarism and special consideration), student responsibilities and student support services. Australian School of Business Banking and Finance    FINS5513 Investments and Portfolio Selection Table of Contents PART   A:   COURSE-SPECIFIC   INFORMATION 1   1   STAFF   CONTACT   DETAILS 1   2   COURSE   DETAILS 1   2.1   Teaching Times and Locations 1   2.2   Units of Credit 1   2.3   Summary of Course 1   2.4   Course Aims and Relationship to Other Courses 2   2.5   Student Learning Outcomes 2   3   LEARNING   AND   TEACHING   ACTIVITIES 4   3.1   Approach to Learning and Teaching in the Course 4   3.2   Learning Activities and Teaching Strategies 4   4   ASSESSMENT 4   4.1   Formal Requirements 4   4.2   Assessment Details 4   4.3   Assessment Format 5   4.4   Assignment Submission Procedure 5   4.5   Late Submission 6   5   COURSE   RESOURCES 7   6   COURSE   EVALUATION   AND   DEVELOPMENT 8   7   COURSE   SCHEDULE 8     1 PART A: COURSE-SPECIFIC INFORMATION 1 STAFF CONTACT DETAILS Lecturer Office Phone Consultation Hours E-mail Ning Ding ASB 302 9385-7864 Thursday 4-6pm n.ding@unsw.edu.au Ah Boon Sim ASB 331 9385-5868 Thursday 4-6pm a.sim@unsw.edu.au Thuy To ASB359B 9385-5865 Wednesday 2-4pm td.to@unsw.edu.au Associate Professor Ah Boon Sim is the course lecturer-in-charge (LIC). Consultation hours will be held by lecturers during their teaching weeks (see course schedule on page 10). For consultations at other times, please email to make an appointment. 2 COURSE DETAILS 2.1 Teaching Times and Locations Lectures start in Week 1(to Week 12). There are three scheduled class meetings per week. The times and locations are: Day of the Week Time Location (Subject to change) Monday 14:00 – 17:00 ChemSc M10 Tuesday 14:00 – 17:00 Webst Th A Wednesday 18:00 – 21:00 ChemSc M10 Students can only and must attend the classes that they are enrolled in. Please check via Myunsw for your latest class location. 2.2 Units of Credit The course is worth 6 units of credit. There is no parallel teaching in this course. 2.3 Summary of Course This course develops a basic conceptual framework to understand modern investments. Students learn to evaluate alternative investment strategies, develop a more complete understanding of the risk-return relation, and discuss recent developments in investment management. Surveys various financial markets and provides a review of the instruments used to allocate capital and manage risk. Topics include measuring risk and return, designing portfolios, pricing risk, valuing equities, valuing fixed income securities, hedging with derivatives. Students are assessed through a variety of means; including quizzes and exams, computer exercises, and case study discussions.   2 2.4 Course Aims and Relationship to Other Courses This course is one of two gateway finance courses. It is the pre-requisite course for many finance courses. It provides the basic investment and financial risk management tools that you will need to succeed in our advance finance classes, as well as to contribute as a finance professional upon graduation. This is mainly a theory course. Most of the corresponding practical examples and applications are covered in FINS5517. Most students taking this course would have completed a basic finance course (or a basic course in financial markets), and have some basic understanding of financial mathematics and business statistics. 2.5 Student Learning Outcomes The Course Learning Outcomes are what you should be able to DO by the end of this course if you participate fully in learning activities and successfully complete the assessment items. The Learning Outcomes in this course also help you to achieve some of the overall Program Learning Goals and Outcomes for all postgraduate coursework students in the ASB. Program Learning Goals are what we want you to BE or HAVE by the time you successfully complete your degree (e.g. ‘be an effective team player’). You demonstrate this by achieving specific Program Learning Outcomes - what you are able to DO by the end of your degree (e.g. ‘participate collaboratively and responsibly in teams’). ASB Postgraduate Coursework Program Learning Goals and Outcomes 1. Knowledge: Our graduates will have current disciplinary or interdisciplinary knowledge applicable in local and global contexts. You should be able to identify and apply current knowledge of disciplinary or interdisciplinary theory and professional practice to business in local and global environments. 2. Critical thinking and problem solving: Our graduates will have critical thinking and problem solving skills applicable to business and management practice or issues. You should be able to identify, research and analyse complex issues and problems in business and/or management, and propose appropriate and well-justified solutions. 3. Communication: Our graduates will be effective communicators in professional contexts. You should be able to: a. Produce written documents that communicate complex disciplinary ideas and information effectively for the intended audience and purpose, and b. Produce oral presentations that communicate complex disciplinary ideas and information effectively for the intended audience and purpose. 4. Teamwork: Our graduates will be effective team participants. You should be able to participate collaboratively and responsibly in teams, and reflect on your own teamwork, and on the team’s processes and ability to achieve outcomes. 5. Ethical, social and environmental responsibility: Our graduates will have a sound awareness of ethical, social, cultural and environmental implications of business issues and practice. You should be able to: a. Identify and assess ethical, environmental and/or sustainability considerations in business decision-making and practice, and b. Consider social and cultural implications of business and /or management practice.

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