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125.241 Introduction to Investments (15 credits)

A study of fundamental theories and practice of financial investments. Topics may include an introduction to investment products, investment return and risk, valuation methods for equities and fixed interest securities, the use of derivative securities in portfolios, and the basics of portfolio management and performance evaluation.

Details Details

  • Year: 2020
  • Mode: Internal
  • Semester: Semester One full semester
  • Location: Manawatu Campus
  • Coordinator: Dr Michael Naylor
  • Subject: Finance
  • College: Massey Business School

Online component Details

  • Online component: Partially Taught Online - As part of the course is taught online, Broadband access is required. In addition to accessing the Course Guide, students will be required to access core and supplementary digital study resources, contribute to discussion fora and complete online activities and assessment tasks. Core study resources that can be published in print will be supplied to the students who request them. Learn more about Stream, our online learning environment.

Requirements Requirements help

  • Prerequisite(s): 115.114
    General Prerequisite: At least 45 credits from 100 level.
  • Restriction(s): 125.240


  • Start Date: Monday 24 February, 2020
  • End date: Sunday 21 June, 2020

Withdrawal dates Requirements help

The last day to withdraw from this course:

  • Without financial penalty: Friday 6 March, 2020
  • Without academic penalty: Thursday 21 May, 2020


Course fees for 2020

  • Domestic Students: NZD $759.55 *
  • International Students NZD $3,671.25 *

* This fee information is for estimation purposes only and includes New Zealand Goods and Services Tax. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. The estimate does not include non-tuition fees. To view an estimate showing both tuition and non-tuition fees use the Fees Calculator. These fees only apply to 2020 enrolments. Domestic students may be eligible for free fees in their first year.

Learning outcomes Details

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  1. Describe the main features of domestic and international security markets.
  2. Explain the basic characteristics, use, and valuation of property, fixed income, equity and derivative securities.
  3. Describe basic concepts of efficient markets hypothesis, its critiques and its applications to sustainability considerations.
  4. Describe and apply introductory portfolio theories.
  5. Apply aspects of investment management practice and performance evaluation to investment portfolios.

Please note: Learning Outcomes are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.

Assessments Details

During this course, the following assessments will contribute to your final mark.

Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
1 Test 1,2 15.0%
2 Test 2,3,4 15.0%
3 Test 1,2,3,4,5 10.0%
4 Written Assignment 1,2,3,4 10.0%
5 Exam (centrally scheduled) 1,2,3,4,5 50.0%

Please note: Assessment weightings are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.

* Specific dates for assessments will be finalised in information provided on Stream at the start of the Course.

Completion requirements

Students must achieve at least 45% in the Final Examination to be eligible to pass the course.


It is recommended that textbooks are purchased no sooner than 7 weeks prior to the semester start date as textbooks can be subject to change.

  • Fundamentals Of Investing
    Author: Smart, Scott. B, & Zutter, Chad J.
    ISBN: 1292316977
    Edition: 14th Edition, Global
    Publisher: PEARSON

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Class timetable

The class timetable displays all available class times for this offering. Once you have enrolled in a course, you can access the student portal and select which of these class times you wish to attend.

Requirement(s): Each student should take 4 hour(s) of Lecture(s) and 1 hour(s) of Computing Lab(s) per week.

Computing lab (All students)
Start dates: 12 Mar 2020; 19 Mar 2020; 23 Apr 2020; 30 Apr 2020; 7 May 2020; 14 May 2020; 21 May 2020; 28 May 2020; 4 Jun 2020; 11 Jun 2020
Thursday 09:00 - 10:00

Lecture (All students)
Tuesday 09:00 - 11:00
Thursday 15:00 - 17:00

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