The aim of this module is to introduce students to various financing and investment opportunities available to participants in financial markets. The module covers various different asset classes like hedge funds, private equity, infrastructure and derivatives pricing and valuation. The module also explores the relationship between investors and investment managers in detail. The concepts of risk and return and the roles of regulators, central banks and governments are also analysed. Outline syllabus includes: the theory of finance, specialist asset classes, influence of regulatory and legislative framework on markets, fundamental analysis, valuation of assets, investment indices, performance measurement, risk control, actuarial techniques, portfolio management and taxation.
To follow professional curriculum of the Faculty and Institute of Actuaries examination SP5 – https://www.actuaries.org.uk/studying/curriculum/investment-and-finance.
This is a dynamic syllabus, changing regularly to reflect current practice.
Total contact hours: 72
Private study hours: 228
Total study hours: 300
Total contact hours: 36
Private study hours: 264
Total study hours: 300
Teaching methods will differ according to the number of students registered on the module.
The standard format, for more than 6 students registered:
The module will be taught by means of 72 hours of lectures over two terms, including example classes, computer laboratory classes and presentations.
The tutorial format, for 6 students or less registered:
The module will be taught by means of 36 small group tutorials over two terms, including example classes, computer laboratory classes and presentations.
Method of assessment
80% Examination, 20% Coursework
The students will be provided with the study notes published by the Actuarial Education Company for Subject SP5 – Investment and Finance. These are ordered from the Company by the School.
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of complex techniques applicable to solve problems in Finance and Investment in the context of current professional actuarial
2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of complex current issues in Finance and Investment in the context of current professional actuarial practice.
3 Demonstrate a high level of understanding of the main body of knowledge for the module.
4 Demonstrate skill in calculation and manipulation of the material written within the module.
5 Apply a range of concepts and principles of Finance and Investment in various contexts.
6 Demonstrate skill in solving problems in Finance and Investment by various appropriate methods.
7 Demonstrate skills in the specific mathematical and statistical techniques used in the actuarial practice of Finance and Investment and their application to solving problems in
8 Demonstrate understanding of the current practical applications of the module material.
The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate ability for logical argument.
2 Demonstrate ability to work with relatively little guidance.
3 Demonstrate high-level problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information, demonstrating self-direction and originality of thought.
4 Demonstrate communications skills, covering both written and oral communication, with the ability to communicate clearly to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
using the appropriate information technology.
5 Demonstrate judgemental skills.
6 Demonstrate numeracy and computational skills.
7 Demonstrate time-management and organisational skills, as evidenced by the ability to plan and implement efficient and effect modes of working, and to act autonomously.
8 Demonstrate study skills needed for continuing professional development.
9 Demonstrate decision-making skills in complex situations.
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Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
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