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Investment Analysis
Semester 1, 2016
Taught by:
Dr Vitali Alexeev
CRICOS Provider Code: 00586B
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Contact Details ........................................................................................................................................ 2
Unit Description ...................................................................................................................................... 3
Prior Knowledge &/or Skills OR Pre-Requisite Unit(s) ............................................................................ 3
Enrolment in the Unit ............................................................................................................................. 4
When does the unit commence? ............................................................................................................ 4
University of Tasmania Graduate Quality Statement ............................................................................. 4
Intended Learning Outcomes for BEA286 .............................................................................................. 5
Learning Expectations and Teaching Strategies/Approach .................................................................... 6
Learning Resources ................................................................................................................................. 6
Student Feedback via eVALUate ............................................................................................................. 9
Details of Teaching Arrangements .......................................................................................................... 9
Assessment ........................................................................................................................................... 11
Submission of Assessment Items .......................................................................................................... 15
Review of Assessment and Results ....................................................................................................... 16
Further Support and Assistance ............................................................................................................ 17
Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism .................................................................................................. 18
Study Schedule ...................................................................................................................................... 19
Contact Details
Unit coordinator/lecturer:
Dr Vitali Alexeev
Hobart, Sandy Bay
[email protected]
03 6226 2335
03 6226 7587
Room number:
Room 214, Centenary Building, Level 2
Consultation hours:
Wednesdays, 2pm-3pm and 6pm-7pm
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Unit Description
In this unit we will focus on security analysis and portfolio management. The unit is designed around
the following three points of view to enable you to learn about trading and investing in financial
Investment skills for your own personal gain.
Investment skills for the financial services industry.
An understanding of financial markets and instruments.
The study of investments is exciting. This is the only unit that equips you to trade and invest in the
stock market(s). In this unit you will participate in the portfolio simulation managing an initial virtual
wealth of A$100,000. You may not find it easy, but you will most certainly find it rewarding.
Now that you have reached this stage in your university studies, there will be an increased emphasis
on independent learning. You are expected to complete the required readings without detailed
coverage in lectures. You are expected to regularly read the financial press. If you have any
deficiencies in the prerequisite levels of knowledge or skills, then you are expected to correct them
on your own. When you are proficient at independently acquiring investment knowledge and skills,
it will continue to work for you long after you have finished your degree.
Prior Knowledge &/or Skills OR Pre-Requisite Unit(s)
Quantitative skills: Financial mathematics and a familiarity with basic statistical techniques including
standard deviation, coefficient of variation, covariance/correlation, linear regression, and
constrained optimization problems.
Computing skills: Basic Excel skills (more specifically Data Analysis and Solver add-ins) are required.
Basic understanding of linear regression model is desirable.
For students who are not familiar with the Data Analysis and Solver add-ins for Excel, a short
introduction and an example will be given during the workshop.
Students do not need to have studied economics before, however a proficiency in
English language skills,
constructing and interpreting simple graphs, and
basic algebra
is assumed. Students should confirm that they have the required graphing and numerical skills by
completing the Quantitative Skills Module on the MyLO site for this unit.
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Enrolment in the Unit
Unless there are exceptional circumstances, students should not enrol in this unit after the end of
week two of semester, as the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics (TSBE) cannot guarantee
any extra assistance will be provided by the teaching team in respect of work covered in the
period prior to enrolment; and
penalties will not be applied for late submission of any piece or pieces of assessment that were
due during this period.
When does the unit commence?
The unit’s teaching schedule commences in the week beginning 22 February, 2016
University of Tasmania Graduate Quality Statement
The units in your course, including this unit, have been designed to cumulatively develop the
graduate qualities outlined in the University’s Graduate Quality Statement:
Our graduates are equipped and inspired to shape and respond to the opportunities and
challenges of the future as accomplished communicators, highly regarded professionals and
culturally competent citizens in local, national, and global society. Graduates acquire subject and
multidisciplinary knowledge and skills and develop critical and creative literacies and skills of
inquiry. Our graduates recognise and critically evaluate issues of social responsibility, ethical
conduct and sustainability.
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Intended Learning Outcomes for BEA286
Learning Outcome 1:
Explain the role of risk in financial
• Diagnose the importance of risk management in financial
• Calculate financial risks.
Portfolio Report No 1
Group Presentations
Mid-Semester Test
Final Examination
• Describe the role of risk preferences.
• Assess and measure risk.
• Use theoretical frameworks to differentiate and examine risks.
Learning Outcome 2
Determine and assess the prices of
financial assets
Learning Outcome 3
Explain and analyse portfolio
management processes
• Explain and apply the concept of arbitrage;
• Determine the price of financial assets.
• Describe and analyse portfolio management processes;
• Calculate portfolio outcomes;
Portfolio Report No 1
Portfolio Report No 2
Group Presentations
Mid-Semester Test
Final Examination
Portfolio Report No 2
Group Presentations
Final Examination
• Discuss the role of separation in the investment process;
• Calculate and justify portfolio outcomes;
• Evaluate portfolio performance
Learning Outcome 4
Communicate finance in oral and
written formats
• Present a report and critical discussion of portfolio performance
based on real market data.
• Assess the validity of basic theories in investment analysis and
finance through applications
Portfolio Report No 1
Portfolio Report No 2
Group Presentations
Successful completion of this unit supports
your development of course learning
outcomes, which describe what a graduate of
a course knows, understands and is able to
do. Course learning outcomes are available
from the Course Coordinator. Course learning
outcomes are developed with reference to
national discipline standards, Australian
Qualifications Framework (AQF), any
professional accreditation requirements and
the University of Tasmania’s Graduate Quality
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Learning Expectations and Teaching Strategies/Approach
The University is committed to a high standard of professional conduct in all activities, and holds its
commitment and responsibilities to its students as being of paramount importance. Likewise, it
holds expectations about the responsibilities students have as they pursue their studies within the
special environment the University offers. The University’s Code of Conduct for Teaching and
Learning states:
Students are expected to participate actively and positively in the teaching/learning
environment. They must attend classes when and as required, strive to maintain steady
progress within the subject or unit framework, comply with workload expectations, and
submit required work on time.
These are some of the expectations we have of you as a student enrolled in this unit:
Now that you have reached this stage in your university studies, there will be an increased emphasis
on independent learning. You are expected to complete the required readings without detailed
coverage in lectures. You are expected to regularly read the financial press. If you have any
deficiencies in the prerequisite levels of knowledge or skills, then you are expected to correct them
on your own.
Work, Health and Safety (WH&S)
The University is committed to providing a safe and secure teaching and learning environment. In
addition to specific requirements of this unit, you should refer to the University’s policy at:
Learning Resources
• Excel templates for using MS Add-ons (Data Analysis and Solver) for statistical analysis and
quadratic optimization will be posted on MyLO.
• A guide to proprietary financial and economics database, Thomson Reuters Datastream, will
be posted on MyLO.
• A YouTube channel with tutorial videos locatated here
Prescribed Text/Software
A prescribed text is a resource that you must have access to for the purposes of studying this unit.
The textbook required for this unit is:
Bodie, Z, Kane, A, Marcus, AJ, 2014, Investments, 10th edn, McGraw-Hill (ISBN 139781259162329)
or Bodie, Z, Kane, A, Marcus, AJ, 2011, Investments, 9th edn, McGraw-Hill (ISBN 9780073530703)
Recommended Texts/Software
A recommended text is a resource that you can use to broaden your understanding of the topics covered in this unit. You
may also find a recommended text helpful when conducting research for assignments.
The following text books are all excellent choices. They are listed in the order of most helpful and
most suitable addition to the main text prescribed above.
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Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management, Reilly and Brown, South-Western, 9th edn,
2009 (or newer). This is an excellent book, with many examples, graphs, and practice
problems. This book is also on the list of recommended text books for the CFA examination.
Portfolio Construction, Management, and Protection, Strong, South-Western, 4th edn,
2006 (or newer). This text deals mostly with portfolio construction and portfolio choice. It
would be a very helpful addition especially for portfolio reports 1 & 2.
Modern Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis, Elton, Gruber, Brown, Goetzman, Wiley,
7th edn, 2007 (or newer). RECOMMENDED FOR POSTGRADUATE LEVEL. This is the all-time
classic, written by the best specialists in the field. It is more detailed in terms of
mathematical analysis of portfolio choice problems and therefore recommended for
students with sufficient financial background.
Quantitative Financial Economics: Stocks, Bonds and Foreign Exchange, Cuthbertson and
Nitzsche, Wiley, 2nd edn, 2004 (or newer). RECOMMENDED FOR POSTGRADUATE LEVEL.
This is an excellent book for graduate finance students. Portfolio choice is only a fraction of
this book, but it covers many other finance topics and may be a good addition for students
interested in advancing their finance background.
I have all of the above texts in my office, and, if you would like, you are welcome to drop by and look
through these books before getting your own copies.
Other Recommended Resources/Software
In addition to the texts/software recommended above, you are also expected to be familiar with the
key financial press and press releases. E.g., Australian Financial Review, Morningstar, Bloomberg
Business Week.
My Learning Online (MyLO)
Access to the MyLO online learning environment is required for this unit. The unit has its own MyLO
site. To log into MyLO and access this unit, go to: http://www.utas.edu.au/mylo. To access the unit,
select BEA286.
For help using MyLO go to http://www.utas.edu.au/mylo.
Technical requirements for MyLO
MyLO can be accessed via Library computers and in computer labs on campus. See:
For further technical information and help, contact the UTAS Service Desk on 6226 1818 or at
http://www.utas.edu.au/service-desk during business hours.
Learning to use MyLO
When you log into MyLO, you will see a unit called Getting Started with MyLO. Enter this unit to
learn more about MyLO, and to practise using its features.
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MyLO Expectations
1. Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of conduct across all modes of
communication with staff and other students. Penalties may be imposed if the Unit Coordinator
believes that, in any instance or mode of communication, your language or content is
inappropriate or offensive. MyLO is a public forum. Due levels of respect, professionalism and
high ethical standards are expected of students at all times.
2. Submission of assessment tasks via MyLO presumes that students have read, understood and
abide by the requirements relating to academic conduct, and in particular, those requirements
relating to plagiarism. All work submitted electronically is presumed to be “signed-off” by the
student submitting as their own work. Any breach of this requirement will lead to student
misconduct processes.
3. MyLO is an Internet service for teaching and learning provided by the University. It is expected
that you check your units in MyLO for updates at least once a day.
Using MyLO for BEA286
IMPORTANT! Before you are provided with access to your unit’s MyLO resources, you must
complete the Student Agreement form. To do this:
1. Access the unit’s MyLO site.
2. Locate the Begin Here folder and click on it to open it. You can find the Begin Here folder by
scrolling down until you see Content Browser OR by clicking on the Content button.
3. Once you have opened the Begin Here folder, click on the Student Agreement file.
4. Read the terms, then check the I agree box. You should now be able to access all available
unit content on MyLO. You only need to do this once in each MyLO unit.
Other important resources on MyLO
You are expected to regularly check MyLO for any updates in relation to the unit. MyLO has been
incorporated into the delivery of this unit to enhance your learning experience, by providing access
to up-to-date course materials, and allowing for online discussion.
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In addition to the lecture slides which are uploaded on MyLO on a weekly basis, other unit-related
materials such as supplementary readings and assessment guides can also be accessed on MyLO.
You are also expected to engage in active discussion about issues related to the unit through the
discussion forums and chat rooms that are available on MyLO: this is particularly helpful for distance
students who may utilise the facilities available on MyLO to contact their fellow distance students
and form groups to complete any group assessment tasks for this unit. In this regard, MyLO should
be treated as the unit's critical platform for learning and communication.
Student Feedback via eVALUate
At the conclusion of this unit, you will be asked to provide online responses to a number of matters
relating to the learning and teaching within the unit. You are asked to respond honestly to these
questions, as all information received is used to enhance the delivery of future offerings.
Changes to this Unit Based on Previous Student Feedback
Instead of student portfolio presentations during tutorial times, presentations are scheduled as a
poster session. All groups will present their posters during scheduled tutorial time and will be
available to discuss their work at this session.
Details of Teaching Arrangements
Lectures – Attending students
There will be 13 two-hour lectures during the semester commencing in Week 1. (the first lecture is
on Wednesday, February 24, 2016). The lectures will be held on Wednesdays from 3pm to 5pm in
Law226 Lecture Theatre 2 (SB.AL14.L02.226).
Lectures will cover the core examinable material in the unit. Lecture slides will be available on MyLO
prior to each lecture. These on their own are not an adequate substitute for attending lectures and
taking your own lecture notes. It is recommended that you take a copy of the lecture slides with you
to class and use these as a basis for your own note-taking. Developing lecture notes is your own
responsibility in this unit. If you miss a lecture ask a friend or acquaintance for notes.
Students are required to attend or review the recordings of tutorial sessions. These will be held and
recorded weekly, commencing in Week 2. Tutorials will be conducted on Wednsdays from 5pm to
6pm, immediately following the lecture.
Distance Mode
All teaching materials in this unit will be placed on MyLO. Apart from accessing teaching materials,
you will need to use the site regularly to check for announcements by the Unit Coordinator, to
undertake the mid-semester test, submit and to submit your assignment.
Distance students will share the BEA286 MyLO site with students enrolled on-campus. There are a
number of reasons for this, including:
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Sharing of learning opportunities: Distance students will have the opportunity to watch
recordings of live lectures and workshops. It is expected that these will be a lot more
"realistic" than pre-recorded videos or narrated presentations.
Sharing of resources: e.g. optional study activities, web links, etc, may be posted to the weekly
folders. All students, regardless of mode of enrolment, will be exposed to the same
information, materials and optional activities.
Sharing of study information: All students, regardless of enrolment mode, will have
opportunity to interact with each other via discussion boards and email. This is most
important, as it very much increases your class size, and therefore the range of interaction
opportunities available to you. It will help you all help each other (explaining to others is an
excellent learning/consolidation activity), and you can even form virtual study groups.
Distance Study Skills
The University of Tasmania offers distance students a number of valuable resources to help succeed
in their studies. You should complete the online orientation: http://www.utas.edu.au/orientation/
Resources are also available at: http://www.learningsupport.utas.edu.au/Resources.htm and on the
library website.
Communication, Consultation and Appointments
Check the MyLO News tool at least once every two days. The unit News will appear when you first
enter our unit’s MyLO site. Alternatively, click on the News button (towards the top of the MyLO
screen) at any time.
Other students may have the same question that you have. Please go to the Ask the Class Discussion
on our course’s MyLO site. Check the posts that are already there – someone may have answered
your question already. Otherwise, add your question as a new topic. Students are encouraged to
support each other using this forum – if you can answer someone’s question, please do. We will
attempt to respond to questions within 48 business hours. If your question is related to a personal
issue or your performance in the unit, please contact the appropriate teaching staff member by
email instead.
If you have a personal question related to your studies or your grades, please contact teaching staff
by email.
For general questions about the unit, please add them to the Ask the Class Discussion on the unit’s
MyLO site. This way, other students can also benefit from the answers.
You are expected to check your UTAS email (WebMail) on a regular basis – at least three times per
week. To access your WebMail account, login using your UTAS username and password at
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You are strongly advised not to forward your UTAS emails to an external email service (such as gmail
or Hotmail). In the past, there have been significant issues where this has occurred, resulting in UTAS
being blacklisted by these email providers for a period of up to one month. To keep informed, please
use your UTAS email as often as possible.
We receive a lot of emails. Be realistic about how long it might take for us to respond. Allow at least
TWO (2) business days to reply. Staff are not required to respond to emails where students do not
directly identify themselves, are threatening or offensive, or come from external (non-UTAS) email
When you write an email, you must include the following information. This helps teaching staff to
determine who you are and which unit you are talking about.
Family name
Preferred name
Student ID
Unit code (BEA286)
If your question is about an assessment task, please include the assessment task
number or name.
How Your Final Result Is Determined
To be eligible to pass this unit you will need to attain an overall mark of 50% and satisfactorily pass
each of the intended learning outcomes for the unit. Details of each assessment item are outlined
Assessment Schedule
Assessment Items
Due Date
Portfolio Report No 1
On-line Test
Group Presentations
Portfolio Report No 2
Final Examination
Week 5
Week 9
Week 11
Week 13
Exam period
Link to Learning
LO1, LO2, LO4
LO1, LO2
LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4
LO2, LO3, LO4
LO1, LO2, LO3
Note: All assignments, whether you are studying by distance or face-to-face, are completed in
groups. In order to complete Portfolio Reports you will require data from a proprietary data supplier,
Thomson Reuters Datastream, available only at a single computer station in the Morris Miller library.
Although the search for the required data, data series availability and data codes can be accessed
online from anywhere (off- or on-campus), the data acquisition (downloading the data once the
data series codes are found) can only be done from the library. It is, therefore, required that at
least one of the max 3 group members will be able to visit the library throughout the semester.
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Assessment Items 1 & 2 – PORTFOLIO REPORTS NO 1 AND 2
Task Description:
Portfolio Reports are based on selected financial assets. These reports
involve gathering and analysing information from websites, proprietary
databank (Thomson Reuters Datastream), writing basic financial market
summaries and analysing the performance of a variety of financial
instruments through the use of quantitative methods and regression
analysis. Detailed guidelines and instructions will be distributed during
lectures (See Unit Schedule for exact dates) and posted on MyLO under the
icon labelled “Assignments”.
Task Length:
Maximum 20 pages
Assessment Criteria:
Portfolio reports will be considered late if:
The posting time of the electronic submission is past 2:00pm (noon) on the
due date. (Don't cut it short! 2:01pm is considered late!)
Portfolio report #2 will be considered incomplete if:
The submission is not accompanied by Excel file detailing all the calculations.
This is for Portfolio Report 2 only. No Excel files are required with Portfolio
Report 1 submission.
Link to Unit’s
Learning Outcomes:
LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4
Due Date:
See STUDY SCHEDULE at the back of the unit outline.
10% for PR1 and 20% for PR2.
Assessment Item 3 – ONLINE TEST
Task Description:
Multiple choice problems.
Task Length:
2 hours.
Assessment Criteria:
Lecture Material weeks 1 to 8 plus any assigned readings up until (and
including) week 8.
Link to Unit’s
Learning Outcomes:
LO1, LO2
Due Date:
See STUDY SCHEDULE at the back of the unit outline.
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Assessment Item 4 –
Each group will be required to prepare a portfolio presentation summarising the
portfolio's investment strategy, constraints, composition and performance.
Task Length:
Group presentations (maximum 12 slides) are to be submitted electronically
through MyLO with specific requirements for the two streams (FF and DE):
Face-To-Face (FF) students are required to post their portfolio presentation slides
on MyLO (Discussion thread Portfolio Presentations Face-to-Face Stream) AND to
present their portfolio on Week 11 during the workshop.
Distance Education (DE) students are required to prepare a video/audio
presentation and post the link on MyLO (Discussion thread Portfolio Presentations
Distance Stream) AND reply to all the questions and comments posted on MyLO
regarding their portfolios within a week following the presentation posting.
Note: For “mixed” groups containing at least one DE student and at least one FF
student, the group may elect either stream (DD or FF). For groups consisting only of
FF students, FF stream (face to face presentation during tutorial in Week 11) is the
only option. Groups consisting of DE students only without the ability to visit
campus on few occasions (to download the data from Datastream in Morris Miller
Library) are discouraged.
Presentations will be considered late if:
The posting time of the presentation slides or audio/video links is past the deadline
Presentations will be considered incomplete if:
FF: the group elected to present their portfolio report with Face-to-Face option and
did not present their work during the workshop in Week 11 .
DE: the group elected to present their portfolio report with Distance option did not
reply to all on-line questions and posts (from the lecturer or peers) related to their
IMPORTANT! BONUS Peer-review and participation marks:
1st, 2nd and 3rd best presentations nominated by your peers will receive an
additional 10% for the presentation grade.
Active and helpful participation during tutorial session and/or in online classroom
discussion boards relating to improving your peers presentations will be rewarded
with additional 10% (top 5 students). You may provide comments both to DE or FF
stream presentations posted. Note, however, that DE presentations are intended to
be video/audio narrated presentations and might be easier to follow. No narration is
required for the FF stream presentation posts.
Group Presentations are based on Portfolio Reports No 1 and 2, assessment and
critique of results presented.
Due Date:
LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4
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Assessment Item 5 – Final exam
Task Description:
Section Question Format
Number of
10 questions
10 marks
Multiple choice problems
50 questions
50 marks
60 marks
* Students are permitted to take calculators and a single double-sided hand written
or typed formula sheet (with formulae only!) into the exam room.
Task Length:
3 hours
Assessment Criteria:
Lecture Material in weeks 1 to 12 plus any assigned readings throughout the
LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4
Link to Unit’s
Learning Outcomes:
Due Date:
During final exam period
Your final examination for this unit will be held during the scheduled examination period as
indicated by Student Administration in correspondence to you.
Examinations will normally be scheduled Monday to Saturday inclusive. Examinations may be held
during the day or evening and students should consult the university information which will be made
available towards the end of semester.
You are advised to make any necessary arrangements with employers now for time off during the
examination period to sit this examination. Your participation at the scheduled time is not
negotiable unless there are exceptional circumstances. Note that you will be expected to sit the
examination at your recorded study centre. To find out more go to the Exams Office website:
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Submission of Assessment Items
Lodging Assessment Items
Assignments must be submitted electronically through the relevant assignment drop box in MyLO.
You must ensure that your name, student ID, unit code, tutorial time and tutor’s name (if
applicable) are clearly marked on the first page. If this information is missing, the assignment will
not be accepted and, therefore, will not be marked.
Where relevant, Unit Coordinators may also request you to submit a paper version of your
assignment. You will be advised by the Unit Coordinator of the appropriate process relevant to your
campus (Hobart, Launceston or Cradle Coast).
Please remember that you are responsible for lodging your assessment items on or before the due
date and time. We suggest you keep a copy. Even in a perfect system, items sometimes go astray.
Late Assessment and Extension Policy
In this Policy:
(a) ‘day’ or ‘days’ includes all calendar days, including weekends and public holidays;
(b) ‘late’ means after the due date and time; and
(c) ‘assessment items’ includes all internal non-examination based forms of assessment
This Policy applies to all students enrolled in TSBE Units at whatever Campus or geographical
Students are expected to submit assessment items on or before the due date and time specified
in the relevant Unit Outline. The onus is on the student to prove the date and time of
Students who have a medical condition or special circumstances may apply for an extension.
Requests for extensions should, where possible, be made in writing to the Unit Coordinator on
or before the due date. Students will need to provide independent supporting documentation
to substantiate their claims.
Late submission of assessment items will incur a penalty of 10% of the total marks possible for
that piece of assessment for each day the assessment item is late unless an extension had been
granted on or before the relevant due date.
Assessment items submitted more than five (5) days late will not be accepted.
Academic staff do NOT have the discretion to waive a late penalty, subject to clause 4 above.
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Academic Referencing and Style Guide
Before starting your assignments, you are advised to familiarise yourself with the following
electronic resources.
The first is the Harvard Referencing System Style Guide, which can be accessed from the UTAS
library: http://utas.libguides.com/content.php?pid=27520&sid=199808. The Harvard style is the
appropriate referencing style for this unit and the guide provides information on presentation of
assignments, including referencing styles. In your written work you will need to support your ideas
by referring to scholarly literature, works of art and/or inventions. It is important that you
understand how to correctly refer to the work of others and maintain academic integrity.
Failure to appropriately acknowledge the ideas of others constitutes academic dishonesty
(plagiarism), a matter considered by the University of Tasmania as a serious offence.
The second is the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics’ Writing Assignments: A Guide,
which can be accessed at: http://www.utas.edu.au/business-and-economics/student-resources. This
guide provides you with useful information about the structure and style of assignments in the TSBE.
Review of Assessment and Results
Review of Internal Assessment
It is expected that students will adhere to the following policy for a review of any piece of
continuous/internal assessment. The term continuous/internal assessment includes any assessment
task undertaken across the teaching phase of any unit (such as an assignment, a tutorial
presentation, and online discussion, and the like), as well as any capstone assignment or take-home
Within five (5) days of release of the assessment result you may request a meeting with the assessor
for the purpose of an informal review of your result (in accordance with Academic Assessment Rule
No. 2 Clause 22 – www.utas.edu.au/academic-governance/academic-senate/academic-senate-rules.
During the meeting, you should be prepared to discuss specifically the marks for the section(s) of the
marking criteria you are disputing and why you consider your mark is incorrect. The assessor will
provide a response to the request for review within five (5) days of the meeting.
If you are dissatisfied with the response, you may request a formal review of internal assessment by
the Head of School, with the request being lodged within five (5) days of the informal review being
completed. A Review of Internal Assessment Form is available at the following link:
http://www.utas.edu.au/business-and-economics/student-resources/forms. The form must be
submitted to the TSBE Office (Hobart or Launceston).
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Review of Final Exam/Result
In units with an invigilated exam, you may request a review of your final exam result. You may
request to see your exam script after results have been released by completing the Access to Exam
Script Form, which is available from the TSBE Office, or at the following link –
http://www.utas.edu.au/business-and-economics/student-resources/forms. Your unit coordinator
will then contact you by email within five (5) working days of receipt of this form to go through your
exam script.
Should you require a review of your final result, a formal request must be made only after
completing the review of exam script process list above. To comply with UTAS policy, this request
must be made within ten (10) days from the release of the final results (in accordance with
Academic Assessment Rule No. 2 Clause 22 – www.utas.edu.au/academic-governance/academicsenate/academic-senate-rules . You will need to complete an Application for Review of Assessment
Form, which can be accessed from http://www.utas.edu.au/exams/exam-and-results-forms. Note
that if you have passed the unit you will be required to pay $50 for this review.
The TSBE reserves the right to refuse a student request to review final examination scripts should
this process not be followed.
Further Support and Assistance
If you are experiencing difficulties with your studies or assessment items, have personal or lifeplanning issues, disability or illness that may affect your study, then you are advised to raise these
with your lecturer or tutor in the first instance.
If you do not feel comfortable contacting one of these people, or you have had discussions with
them and are not satisfied, then you are encouraged to contact:
Mr David Kronenberg
Room 301, Centenary Building, Sandy Bay
[email protected]
Students are also encouraged to contact their Undergraduate Student Adviser who will be able to
help in identifying the issues that need to be addressed, give general advice, assist by liaising with
academic staff, as well as referring students to any relevant University-wide support services. Please
refer to the Student Adviser listings at www.utas.edu.au/first-year/student-advisers for your
adviser’s contact details.
There is also a range of University-wide support services available to students, including Student
Centre Administration, Careers and Employment, Disability Services, International and Migrant
Support, and Student Learning and Academic Support. Please refer to the Current Students website
(available from www.utas.edu.au/students) for further information.
If you wish to pursue any matters further then a Student Advocate may be able to assist.
Information about the advocates can be accessed from www.utas.edu.au/governance-legal/studentcomplaints. The University also has formal policies, and you can find out details about those from
that link.
BEA286 Investment Analysis
Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism
Academic misconduct includes cheating, plagiarism, allowing another student to copy work for an
assignment or an examination, and any other conduct by which a student:
(a) seeks to gain, for themselves or for any other person, any academic advantage or advancement
to which they or that other person are not entitled; or
(b) improperly disadvantages any other student.
Students engaging in any form of academic misconduct may be dealt with under the Ordinance of
Student Discipline. This can include imposition of penalties that range from a deduction/cancellation
of marks to exclusion from a unit or the University. Details of penalties that can be imposed are
available in the Ordinance of Student Discipline – Part 3 Academic Misconduct, see
Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is taking and using someone else’s thoughts, writings or
inventions and representing them as your own, for example:
• using an author’s words without putting them in quotation marks and citing the source;
• using an author’s ideas without proper acknowledgment and citation; or
• copying another student’s work.
It also means using one’s own work from previously submitted assessment items if repeating a unit.
If you have any doubts about how to refer to the work of others in your assignments, please
consult your lecturer or tutor for relevant referencing guidelines, and the academic integrity
resources on the web at http://www.utas.edu.au/academic-integrity/The intentional copying of
someone else’s work as one’s own is a serious offence punishable by penalties that may range from
a fine or deduction/cancellation of marks and, in the most serious of cases, to exclusion from a unit,
a course, or the University.
The University and any persons authorised by the University may submit your assessable works to
a plagiarism checking service, to obtain a report on possible instances of plagiarism. Assessable
works may also be included in a reference database. It is a condition of this arrangement that the
original author’s permission is required before a work within the database can be viewed.
For further information on this statement and general referencing guidelines, see
www.utas.edu.au/plagiarism/ or follow the link under ‘Policy, Procedures and Feedback’ on the
Current Students homepage.
BEA286 Investment Analysis
Study Schedule
All Chapter references to readings refer to the Investments, Bodie, Kane, Marcus, McGraw-Hill 2014 (10 ed) and 2011 (9
ed). Both editions have similar chapter numeration and structure.
Week 1
Buying and Selling Securities
No workshop scheduled
24 Feb
Readings: Sec.1.4, Ch.2 (exclude
Sec.2.4), Ch.3
Arrange groups (up to 3 people
per group)
Week 2
Security Types, Market Indices and
Mutual Funds
Workshop 1: Data sources,
working with Datastream,
Google Finance, Yahoo
Finalize group selection
2 Mar
Week 3
Risk and Return
9 Mar
Readings: Ch.5
Workshop 2: Portfolio
Report 1: Requirements and
Portfolio Report No 1 to be
handed out
Week 4
Risk Aversion and Capital Allocation
16 Mar
Readings: Ch.6
Week 5
Optimal Risky Portfolios
23 Mar
Readings: Ch.7
Readings: Sec.2.4, Ch.4
Workshop 3: Excel Data
Analysis add-in
Workshop 4: Excel Solver
Portfolio Report No 1 due on 25
March, at 2pm
Mid-Semester Break: 24 – 30 March 2015 inclusive
Week 6
Index Models and CAPM
6 Apr
Readings: Ch.8,9 (exclude Sec.9.5)
Workshop 5: TBA
Week 7
Multifactor Models and APT
13 Apr
Readings: Ch.10
Workshop 6: Portfolio
Report 2: Requirements and
Week 8
Security Analysis
Workshop 7: TBA
20 Apr
Readings: Ch.17, 18, 19
Week 9
On-line Test
27 Apr
(covering material from chapters,
lectures and handouts during Weeks
No Workshops scheduled
Portfolio Report No 2 to be
handed out
On-line test
FF: Online BUT in lecture time
slot, from 3pm to 5pm on 27
DE: Online, 2 hour time slot
from 11am to 11pm on 27 Apr.
Week 10
Portfolio Performance Evaluation
4 May
Readings: Ch.24
Week 11
International Diversification
11 May
Readings: Ch.25
Workshop 8: TBA
Workshop 9: Portfolio
Presentation poster sessions
Portfolio Presentations due
FF: Material used for posters
must be posted on-line before
10am on 11 May.
Posters should be presented in a
tutorial session from 5pm to
6pm on 11 May.
Week 12
Market Efficiency
18 May
Readings: Ch.11,12
Workshop 10: Feedback of
the presentations and way
to improve Portfolio Report
Week 13
Unit review (on-line)
No Workshops scheduled
25 May
Examination Period: Saturday 4 June – Tuesday 21 June
FF: Face-to-Face students. DE: Distance students
TBA: To Be Announced
Portfolio Report No 2 due on 20
May, 2pm
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