It is essential to have the unit textbook.
The textbook for the unit is Bodie, Z., Kane, A. and Marcus, A.J., Investments, Latest edition, McGraw-Hill (denoted BKM on the reading list). Textbook material will be supplemented by articles and handouts. Chapters from the textbook and specified articles should be read prior to attending the scheduled lecture on that topic.
Important handouts can be downloaded from the unit's iLearn site.
iLearn (https://ilearn.mq.edu.au) provides the main online learning support. It is essential that you log in regularly to keep abreast of unit-wide announcements and use the resources to supplement your learning. Lecture slides are available by the Friday before each lecture for you to download from iLearn. Solutions to homework problems are made available online after the problems are discussed in class.
The optional additional textbook for the unit is Elton, E.J.,Gruber M.J.,Brown,S.J., Goetzmann, W.N. (2014), Modern Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis, 9th Edition, Wiley.
Readings for R: R in Action (2015), Robert I. Kabacoff, 2nd Edition, Manning.
- Delivery Format and Other Details:
Students are required to enroll in one three-hour class per week and to attend the class in which they are enrolled. See details from the timetable.
Classes will typically consist of a two-hour lecture plus a one-hour tutorial. Lectures are used to set the scene and show how the topic fits into the overall unit of study aims. You will be expected to have read the required reading before that week's class. Tutorials are essential for helping address any misunderstandings and to apply concepts to more difficult problems. Participation is strongly encouraged so students can check their understanding of concepts. Students should be prepared to present their homework solutions in the tutorials and/or to discuss the related conceptual issues.
Attendance at lectures and tutorials is a compulsory component of the Unit, and students are expected to attend all classes. If a student misses more than two classes then they could be given a written warning that non-attendance can lead to a Fail grade in the Unit. A class register will be taken to record students who are at a class. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they record their attendance in the register. The attendance register cannot be amended after the class. Students are not permitted to register on behalf of other students - any such cases may be referred to the School.
Homework will be assigned at the end of lectures and these should be completed before coming to the following week's tutorial where students get to discuss their homework solutions.