Course code BUS322

BUS322 Financial Investment and Risk Management

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Course responsible: Ole Gjølberg
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
The course is taught and examination takes place in the Autumn parallel only.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2009-2010
Course contents:
The course covers key topics and problem issues within financial market analysis and financial risk management; portfolio optimization, market efficiency, evaluation of fund performance
Learning outcome:


The candidate will in this course acquire key knowledge of modern financial markets and asset management as regards risk and return in financial market investments, portfolio optimization, evaluation of investment management and risk management.


The candidate shall upon completion be well familiar with downloading data from databases such as Thomson Reuters Eikon and other databases, as well as solving optimization problems and carry out econometric analysis of investments and markets based on Excel.

General competence

The candidate shall upon completion be well conversant with the concepts, terms and issues in finance and have a solid understanding of how financial markets function and how risk is measured and managed.

Learning activities:
The course will consist of a mix of traditional lectures and classes with practical exercises. Students are expected to bring their lap tops to lectures/classes and  become familiar with computer software for financial analysis and investments. The students should also closely follow the financial and commodity markets (stocks, options, futures, interests, currencies).
Teaching support:
Course information, data for analysis, software etc will be posted in Canvas and/or Facebook. The students will get access to Datastream and are expected to use this data base throughout the course.
Bodie, Kane and Marcus, Investments. Distributed materials and web sites.
Basic finance, statistics/econometrics, microeconomics.Good competence in Excel
Recommended prerequisites:
Financial accounting, cost accounting, operation analysis.
Mandatory activity:
Three assignments accepted in order to present oneself for final exam. Accepted assignments are valid for one year.
30 hours home exam (counts 100 % of the total grade):  Individual analysis of a given case. A retake exam is not organized in this course.
Nominal workload:
300 hours
Entrance requirements:
The course is for students enrolled in the following study programs: Master in Business and Administration, Master in Economics, Master in Industrial Engineering and Management or equivalent. It is also open for single course students with satisfactory competence. Contact student advisors for more information.
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Approx. 60 hours lectures and data analyses
The course is in English if there are one or more international students. Incoming students can contact student advisors at the School of Economics and Business ( for admission to the course. 
External examiner will control the quality of syllabus, questions for the final examination, and principles for the assessment of the examination answers.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / F