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Undergraduate Course: Investment and Securities Markets (BUST10032)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course begins with an overview of securities markets. It then covers the Modern Portfolio Theory and the Single-Index Model. The Capital Asset Pricing Model is discussed next. The second half of the course focuses on the areas of market efficiency, behavioural finance, and international investing.

This course is restricted to MA Accounting and Finance; MA Finance and Business; MA Economics with Finance programmes only. Year 3 MA Business with Strategic Economics students are also permitted to take this course.
Course description The course aims to develop an understanding of the theory and practice of investment and securities markets. It provides the concepts and tools which will help graduates cope in the increasingly sophisticated investment markets. Discussion of academic research is combined with an emphasis on practical application. Succeeding in the course depends on solid understanding and ability to apply the tools of statistical hypothesis testing, linear regression, calculus and optimisation. The first half of the course involves numerous derivations and in-depth understanding of three key finance models: Markowitz portfolio optimisation model, Single Index Model and Capital Asset Pricing Model. The second half of the course involves high level discussion and comparison of these different theoretical models and their extensions.

Outline Content

- overview of securities markets;
- introduction to risk and return;
- optimal risky portfolios;
- index models;
- the Capital Asset Pricing Model;
- the Efficient Market Hypothesis;
- behavioural finance and technical analysis;
- empirical evidence on security returns;
- international diversification.

Student Learning Experience

The lectures provide an overview of each topic together with brief discussion of one or two journal articles relating to that topic. The student learning comes from reading the chapters of books, finance texts and journal articles recommended, practicing assigned exercises and answering test questions.

Students need mathematical (basic optimisation), statistical (hypotheses tests) and econometric (regression interpretation) knowledge to be able to do the work in this class.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Introduction to Corporate Finance (BUST08030)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is restricted to MA Accounting and Finance; MA Finance and Business; MA Economics with Finance programmes only.
Year 3 MA Business with Strategic Economics students are also permitted to take this course.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students must have at least 4 Business courses at grade B or above. This MUST INCLUDE
at least two Finance courses at introductory level and at least one Finance course at intermediate
level. In addition, students must have at least one Statistics course at intermediate level or
Econometrics course at introductory level; and at least one Calculus or Optimisation course at
introductory level. This course cannot be taken alongside BUST08003 Principles of Finance or
BUST08030 Introduction to Corporate Finance. We will only consider University/College level
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 168 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 70% Written Exam (Individual) - Assesses all course Learning Outcomes.

30% Report (Group) - Includes 20% peer review moderation - 1500 words - Assesses course Learning Outcomes 1,3.
Feedback Formative: Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Summative: Feedback will be provided on the assessments within agreed deadlines.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and critically discuss the concepts and tools employed in institutional investment and securities markets.
  2. Understand and critically discuss the current issues and debates relating to topics covered in the course.
  3. Understand and critically discuss academic research methods relating to investment and securities markets.
  4. Discuss critically the contribution of financial market theory to the institutional investment process.
Reading List
The main text for the course is

Bodie, Z., Kane, A. and Marcus, A.J. 'Investments', 12th Edition 2020, McGraw-Hill

The text recommended for further reading is

Elton, J.E., Gruber, M.J., Brown, S.J., and Goetzmann, W.N. 'Modern Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis', 9th Edition 2014, Wiley

- Overview of securities markets: BKM Chapters 1-4, EGBG Chapters 1-3
- Introduction to risk and return: BKM Chapters 5-6, EGBG Chapter 4
- Optimal risky portfolio: BKM Chapter 7, EGBG Chapters 5-6
- Index models: BKM Chapter 8, EGBG Chapters 7-8
- The Capital Asset Pricing Model: BKM Chapter 9, EGBG Chapter 13
- The Efficient Market Hypothesis: BKM Chapter 11, EGBG Chapter 17
- Behavioral finance and technical analysis: BKM Chapter 12, EGBG Chapter 18
- Empirical evidence on security returns: BKM Chapter 13, EGBG Chapter 15
- International diversification: BKM Chapter 25, EGBG Chapter 10
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Cognitive Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Understand how to manage and sustain successful individual and group relationships in order to achieve positive and responsible outcomes, in a range of virtual and face-to-face environments.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with Others

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Act with integrity, honesty and trust in all business stakeholder relationships, and apply ethical reasoning to effective decision making, problem solving and change management.

Understand oneself and others, through critical reflection, diversity awareness and empathic development, in order to maximise individual and collective resilience, and personal and professional potential.

Communication, ICT, and Numeracy Skills
After completing this course, students should be able to:

Critically evaluate and present digital and other sources, research methods, data and information; discern their limitations, accuracy, validity, reliability and suitability; and apply responsibly in a wide variety of organisational contexts.
Course organiserDr Kalsoom Jaffar
Course secretaryMiss Leah Byrne
Tel: (01316) 513758
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