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
Students will receive the following:
- Zutter, C. J. (2019). Fundamentals of investing (14th ed.) Pearson.
eText with Access Card. ISBN: 9780135179307
Note: The above textbook contains these extra study resources: MyLab Finance with Pearson
eText and Access Card. It is not required or needed to complete this course, but might provide
extra study resources if you are interested.
Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.
To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher
on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the mandatory final exam.
|Quiz x3 (6%, 6%, and 8%)
|Assignment 1: Risk Analysis
|Assignment 2: Project Proposal
|Assignment 3: Portfolio Project
|Final Exam (mandatory)
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.