BFC3241 - Equities and investment analysis - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Banking and Finance

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Huu Nhan Duong (First semester)
Dr Paul Docherty (Second semester)


Dr Huu Nhan Duong (First semester)
Dr Paul Docherty (Second semester)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


BFC2140 or equivalent.


AFC2240, ACC3230, BFC2240


Topics include asset classes and returns, portfolio theory, asset pricing models, security valuation processes and techniques, market efficiency and behavioural finance, portfolio performance evaluations, hedge funds and the CFA Institute code of ethics and standards of professional conduct.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. examine the nature of different asset classes and the ways in which professional managers incorporate and manage asset classes
  2. apply various techniques to analyse and select equities in equity investment
  3. understand the skills and techniques used by professionals who are involved in funds management, and wealth creation
  4. understand the importance of professional investment in wealth creation
  5. understand the importance of ethical practices by investment professionals and the CFA Institute code of ethics and standards of professional conduct
  6. apply critical thinking, problem solving and presentation skills to individual and/or group activities dealing with equities and investment analysis and demonstrate in an individual summative assessment task the acquisition of a comprehensive understanding of the topics covered by BFC3241.


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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