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Postgraduate Course: Investment Management (CMSE11409)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryInvestment Management is a research-led course aiming to help students develop a broad knowledge and understanding of issues relevant investment management practice.
Course description Through readings, students will learn the importance of understanding client objectives in the portfolio management process and understand practical issues that arise in managing client portfolios. Readings will be heavily based on recent academic articles that elucidate contemporary issues relevant to investment management practice.

Topics covered in this course include context, structures, and strategies around managing investor portfolios, trading, risk management, and alternative investments.

Student Learning Experience:

This course places a great emphasis on independent learning. Before each lecture, students will be provided with a list comprising 2-3 core readings and a number of additional readings. Students are expected to read the core readings and ideally most if not all of the additional ones. The lectures will explore particular aspects of the readings and attempt to help students put materials in context. They are not a substitute for the readings. The nature of the material means that in most cases there is no single acceptable answer. Students are expected to learn how to argue a case that is supported by academic theory and empirical evidence.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements For MSc Finance, Technology and Policy students, or by permission of course organiser. Please contact the course secretary.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  130
Course Start Block 4 (Sem 2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 15, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 83 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Final Exam 100% - assesses all learning outcomes

Feedback Students are strongly encouraged to obtain feedback by asking/answering questions. There will be general feedback on the final exam.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)CMSE11409 Investment Management2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and critically discuss return and risk objectives of individual and institutional investors.
  2. Understand current issues in investment management practices in the context of contemporary finance theories.
  3. Understand and critically evaluate return and risk profiles of different asset classes and trading strategies.
Reading List
Maginn, Tuttle, Pinto, and McLeavey (2007), Managing Investment Portfolios: A Dynamic Process. CFA Institute and Wiley. ISBN 0470080140.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Cognitive Skills

The course will develop analytical and problem-solving skills

Subject Specific Skills

On completion of the course, students should have:
- Gained an ability to understand, speak and write the language of investment analysis and portfolio management.
- Become familiar with output from investment and risk management tools
Special Arrangements For Business School Finance / MSc Finance, Technology and Policy PG students only, or by special permission of the School. Please contact the course secretary.
Course organiserProf Jens Hagendorff
Tel: (0131 6)51 1037
Course secretaryMrs Kelly-Ann De Wet
Tel: (0131 6)50 8071
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