Investment and Behavioural Finance

FIN60008 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online


  • 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.


Concurrent pre-requisites: Units can be completed either before or in the same study period.

Aims and objectives

From 2020 unit re-coded to FIN60011 (from FIN60008) - subject to FASEA approval requirements
This unit provides students with knowledge of the financial system, various regulatory bodies, key participants and potential risks in the financial markets. This unit focuses on the understanding and the application of the modern finance theories including various asset pricing models, modern portfolio theory, market efficiency and behavioural finance, and how these theories influence investment planning strategies. Students will learn to construct and defend a multi-asset portfolio that satisfies client’s objectives and constraints based on their financial literary and behavioural biases. Students will apply investment and behavioural finance knowledge to generate financial planning strategies using advice technologies.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
1. Critically evaluate the role of the financial system and the various regulatory bodies and their functions in order to identify potential risks and formulate solutions for investment decisions
2. Critically analyse investment opportunities in various financial markets and assess the characteristics of traded instruments while considering the ethical principles and code of conducts on these markets
3. Critically analyse modern finance theories such as portfolio theory, efficient market hypothesis and behavioural finance, in order to determine their impact on investment decisions
4. Apply coherent and advanced knowledge of investment to construct a Statement of Advice and recommend strategies and products that meet client’s objectives and constraints using financial advice technologies
5. Communicate proficiently and in a professional context and work effectively as a member of a team