Alternative Investments

FIN30020 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online, Sarawak


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 24 hours Face to Face + Blended + Swinburne Online

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 1

13 Mar 23 - 11 Jun 23

4 Jul 23

Last self enrolment:
26 Mar 23

7 Apr 23

Last withdraw without fail:
28 Apr 23

Aims and objectives

This unit introduces students to alternative investments as a distinct asset class. Students learn about the characteristics, risk-return assessment, required technology and strategies of alternative investments. Using actual examples from superannuation and sovereign wealth funds students will learn to analyse the use of alternatives as an asset class through an investigation of event-driven, convergence and market-neutral strategies, property, infrastructure, futures, commodities and venture capital. Students will learn the importance of information disclosure, investment performance analysis and the additional due diligence required prior to allocating capital. The ethical concerns for both fund managers and investors will also be explored.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
 Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1.Identify the potential users of alternative investment strategies
2 Evaluate alternative investment strategies by considering risks and returns assessments and performance measures
3 Understand the importance of due diligence in asset allocation and resolve ethical issues arising from the use of alternative investment strategies
4 Understand technological solutions to investment analysis
5 Work collaboratively as a member of a group