Faculty of Business and Economics

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Banking and Finance
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)


This unit will examine empirical research in asset pricing and investments. It will develop students knowledge and ability to apply empirical techniques to conduct research in asset pricing and investments.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. critically analyse research papers examining current issues in asset pricing and investments
  2. critically evaluate research methodologies applicable to empirical finance research
  3. demonstrate an ability to conduct research in asset pricing and investments
  4. apply critical thinking, problem solving and presentation skills in individual and/or group activities dealing with issues in investment and demonstrate in an individual summative assessment tasks the acquisition of a comprehensive understanding of the topics covered by BFX4120.


Within semester assessment: 40%
Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


Students must be enrolled in Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) to undertake this unit.