Courses & Units

Investment Planning BFA607

In 2023 this unit is offered twice however each offering is restricted to specific cohorts.

  • C6D GradDipFinPlan students should enrol in this unit in Winter School, 2023. Self-enrolment is not enabled for this unit in Winter School so please contact UConnect for assistance with your enrolment in this unit.
  • Non-C6D GradDipFinPlan students should enrol in this unit in Semester 2, 2023.


In this unit, you will be introduced to the basic principles of investing. A discussion will be made of the main characteristics of investments with an emphasis on risk and return and the trade-off between the two. The unit focuses on the concepts of portfolio investment and the importance of risk management, plus addresses the issues of correlation and diversification.

Identification of the risk profile of an investor is of critical importance in selecting an investment portfolio. The process of asset allocation is a very subjective one and particular to the needs of individual investors. You will study the process of asset allocation, as well as some basic investment approaches.

While most people would have a number of basic investment objectives, few people are in a position to be able to devise a plan to help them achieve their objectives. A key ingredient to being able to implement a comprehensive financial plan is determining the investment products that may be appropriate for an investor. We will review the characteristics of individual investment products.


Unit name Investment Planning
Unit code BFA607
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Finance
Coordinator Doctor Faisal Khan
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Winter school On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Winter school Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023
Winter school 29/5/2023 6/6/2023 19/6/2023 9/7/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the role of the financial system, its function, and the key participants within the finance system.
  • Assess the potential risks affecting the financial system, their impact on financial service products, providers, clients and economic performance.
  • Construct and defend a multi-asset portfolio.
  • Apply the knowledge of behavioural finance to identify typical behaviour patterns exhibited by investors while making investment decisions.
  • Evaluate funding methods for investments.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
081101 $1,892.00 $1,482.00 not applicable $2,837.00

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AssessmentApplication questions and case study (30%)|Mid-semester test (30%)|Final Exam - take home (40%)
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