FINC311-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020


15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 8 May 2020


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:
-          Understand major investment media and quantify and evaluate their risks and returns.
-          Understand the theoretical basis and practical implementations of widely-used asset pricing theories.
-          Explain the elements of industry and competitive analysis
-          Define valuation and intrinsic value and explain possible sources of perceived mispricing
-          Discuss the use of equity valuation
-          Illustrate the broad criteria for choosing an appropriate approach for valuing a particular company
-          Quantify financial risk and evaluate investment performance.

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.


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


FINC364, AFIS314


Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 14:00 - 16:00 E9 Lecture Theatre 17 Feb - 5 Apr
27 Apr - 31 May
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 340 24 Feb - 5 Apr
27 Apr - 31 May
02 Thursday 16:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 443 24 Feb - 5 Apr
27 Apr - 31 May

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 18:30 - 21:00 K1 Lecture Theatre 30 Mar - 5 Apr

Course Coordinator

Huong Dang


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Final Exam 55%
Quizzes 10% On-line quizzes
Mid-Term Test 35%

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; 11th; McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2018.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $822.00

International fee $3,688.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST 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

  • FINC311-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020