Students examine the different types of financial assets, the markets in which they trade,
and how investors stucture these assets into diversified portfolios to meet their financial
objectives. Emphasis is placed on the valuation of equity securities. Topics include an
introduction to risk and return; types of securities and the investment process; mutual funds;
stock market and common stock valuation; stock price behaviour, market efficiency, and
behavioral finance; technical analysis; fundamental analysis; return, risk and security market
line; and portfolio management and performance evaluation.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Evaluate the effect of risk and diversification on investment decisions.
- Discuss the characteristics of the various types of investments and the ways in which they
- Defend the use of mutual funds versus investing in individual assets.
- Explain the functioning of financial markets and their role in pricing investments.
- Compare the efficient market hypothesis with behavioral finance.
- Value equities using fundamental analysis and technical analysis.
- Analyze a company’s prospects in relation to its industry and peers.
- Use the Capital Asset Pricing Model and Asset Pricing Theory to estimate investment
- Develop a portfolio management plan reflecting the goals, risk tolerance, and
circumstances of individual and institutional investors.
- Unit 1: Risk, Return, Diversification, and Asset Allocation
- Unit 2: The Stock Market
- Unit 3: Risk and Return
- Unit 4: Risk, Return, and the Security Market Line
- Unit 5: Common Stocks
- Unit 6: Analyzing Common Stocks
- Unit 7: Stock Valuation
- Unit 8: Market Efficiency and Behavioural Finance
- Unit 9: Mutual Funds and Exchange-Traded Funds
- Unit 10: Portfolio Management and Performance Evaluation
Required text and materials
Smart, S.B., Gitman, L.J. & Joehnk, M.D. (2017). Fundamentals of Investing Plus MyLab
Finance with Pearson eText, Access Card (13th ed.) Pearson Education Ltd.
Textbook, ISBN: 9780134408392
Note: The above textbook contains Plus MyLab Finance with Pearson eText and Access Card. It
is not required or needed to complete this course.
A computer with internet access is required.
To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher
on the overall course, and 50% or higheron the final exam.
|Quiz x3 (6%, 6%, and 8%)
|Assignment 1: Risk Analysis
|Assignment 2: Project Proposal
|Assignment 3: Portfolio Project
|Final Exam *
Open learning faculty member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is
through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the
necessary contact information when starting the course.