FPL101 Investment Advice

Updated: 14 January 2019
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites FPL100
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Cynthia Shannon (cshanno5@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

In this unit you are provided with a conceptual understanding of the fundamentals of investment management and analysis in the Australian context but placed within the global economy. You will start with an analysis of the investment process, the allocation decision, performance evaluation and review. The pricing of assets is then examined and a comparison is made between passive management of investments and active management. You will be introduced to derivatives and risk management and then focus on the management of multi-asset portfolios and the performance and evaluation of managed funds.

You will study topics that address the Australian and international investment environment; money market securities; bonds; investor preferences; pricing models; equity valuation; stock selection; derivatives and risk management; alternative investment classes; management and performance of investment portfolios.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Investments: Concepts and Applications

ISBN: 9780170235532
Brailsford, T., Heaney, R. and Bilson, C., Cengage Learning Australia 5th ed. 2014

Text refers to: Trimester 1, Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 10% 500
Assessment Notes

Written assignment.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1 and 2

Compulsory Online Assessment 25% 1250
Assessment Notes

Online test involving short answer questions plus calculations.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3

Compulsory Strategy Advice 25% 1250
Assessment Notes

Financial planning case studies.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 40% 2000
Assessment Notes

Students must receive at least 50% in the examination (and at least 50% overall) to receive a pass (or better) in the unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. describe and implement the key steps in the investment process as it relates to the investor life cycle;
  2. apply the principles of passive management and asset pricing to suit different client scenarios;
  3. identify the practice of active enquiry management and apply as part of a comprehensive client investment strategy;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the use and value of derivatives in investment portfolios and apply these to meet client needs; and
  5. assess various performance measuerment models and apply these to different portfolio management strategies.