FINC311-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024


15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


The theoretical principles of investments and their applications to investment policy.

This course is an introduction to major issues currently of concern to all investors. It examines investments and portfolio management from both a theoretical and practical perspective. Emphasis is placed on development a set of skills and competencies needed to succeed as an investment professional, especially those related to investment analysis and portfolio formation and management. Topics covered include portfolio and capital market theory, asset pricing, valuation of financial assets, efficient markets theory, portfolio creation, performance measurement, and other aspects of portfolio management.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

a. Be able to develop key components of an investment policy statement
b. Demonstrate an understanding of major investment media and quantify and evaluate their risks and returns.
c. Understand the theoretical basis and practical implementations of widely-used asset pricing theories.
d. Define valuation and intrinsic value and explain possible sources of perceived mispricing
e. Calculate the recommended value (price) of equity and justify a buy or sell recommendation
f. Illustrate the broad criteria for choosing an appropriate approach for valuing a particular company
g. Quantify financial risk and evaluate investment performance.
h. Achieve a higher standard of professional excellence while mastering methods to analyze ethical dilemmas

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


(1) FINC201; and (2) MATH101 or MATH102 or MATH199


Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 16:00 - 18:00 C2 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 17:00 - 18:00 A2 Lecture Theatre
26 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Examinations, Quizzes and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 19:00 - 21:30 E7 Lecture Theatre
25 Mar - 31 Mar
02 Thursday 19:00 - 21:30 E5 Lecture Theatre
25 Mar - 31 Mar
03 Thursday 19:00 - 21:30 E6 Lecture Theatre
25 Mar - 31 Mar
04 Thursday 19:00 - 21:30 E12
25 Mar - 31 Mar

Course Coordinator

Huong Dang


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Final Exam 40% Three-hour exam.
CFA Ethics learning lab 9% Self paced e-learning course, certificate submitted on Learn by Fri 31 May
Quiz 1 10%
Quiz 2 12%
Test 29%

In order to pass the course, you must obtain:
(i) A grade of 45% or better on the final exam; and
(ii) An average grade of 50% or better overall.

Assessments as shown are to be confirmed.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Bodie, Zvi., Kane, Alex., Marcus, Alan J; Investments ; 12th; McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2020.

Recommended Reading

Pinto, Henry, Robinson, Stowe; Equity asset valuation ; 2nd; John Wiley & Sons.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $893.00

International fee $4,200.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Department of Economics and Finance .

All FINC311 Occurrences

  • FINC311-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024