Courses & Units

Investment Analysis BEA652



This unit focusses 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 markets.

- 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. In this unit you will participate in portfolio simulation (i.e. the Public ASX Sharemarket Game) managing an initial virtual wealth of A$50,000. You may not find it easy, but you will most certainly find it rewarding.


Unit name Investment Analysis
Unit code BEA652
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Finance
Coordinator Doctor Nagaratnam Jeyasreedharan
Teaching staff Doctor Richard Mawulawoe Ahadzie
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By Delivered wholly by the provider
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate the role of risk in financial markets.
  • Determine and assess the prices of financial assets.
  • Assess and analyse portfolio management processes.
  • Transmit knowledge and ideas on finance in written formats.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
081199 $1,812.00 $1,419.00 not applicable $2,702.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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(BEA681 - Data and Business Decision Making OR BEA654 - Data and Business Decision Making OR BEA674 - Data and Business Decision Making)|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 (specifically Data Analysis and Solver add-ins) are required. Understanding of linear regression model is desirable. In addition, proficiency in the following is also assumed: • English language skills • Constructing and interpreting simple graphs • Basic algebra


Assessment (100%)
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You will need the following textbook [not available from the Co-op Bookshop]:

Fundamentals of Investments: Valuation and Management, Jordan, B, Miller, T, and Dolvin, S, McGraw-Hill, 8th Edition, 2018 (ISBN10: 1259720691 | ISBN13: 9781259720697).

Alternatively, you may purchase an EBOOK version of the same textbook from the following link:

Note: Use the Promo code ‘2020MW’ at the check out for a 15% discount.



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.

1. Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management by 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.

2. Portfolio Construction, Management, and Protection by 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.

3. Modern Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis by Elton, Gruber, Brown, Goetzman, Wiley, 7th edn, 2007 (or newer). 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.

4. Quantitative Financial Economics: Stocks, Bonds and Foreign Exchange by Cuthbertson and Nitzsche, Wiley, 2nd edn, 2004 (or newer). 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.

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