Alternative Investments

FIN80026 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

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

2021 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

2 Aug 21 - 31 Oct 21

7 Dec 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Aug 21

31 Aug 21

Last withdraw without fail:
17 Sep 21


Completed at least 50 credit points

Aims and objectives

The unit aims to provide students with advanced knowledge of the latest developments in the alternative investment industry. Students will learn about private equity, real estate and commodities as alternative investment asset classes. Students will learn how to apply advanced knowledge of alternative investment assets including, pension funds, endowments, and sovereign wealth funds to form investment strategies. Subsequently, students are introduced to ethical principles considering the clients best interests. Financial technologies required for investment in alternative products are introduced and students will learn about investment performance analysis and decision-making paradigms.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Critically analyse the different types of alternative investment products, including venture capital and commodities
2. Formulate valuation strategies and discuss their applications for private equity and venture capital investments
3. Demonstrate advanced understanding of investment strategies in real estate and hedge funds
4. Critically analyse complex investment situations that may lead to an ethical dilemma and recommend suitable solutions
5. Utilise financial technology to form an optimal portfolio of alternative investment products that satisfies the investor's risk-return objectives