FIN531 Investments Analysis (8)


The principal focus of this subject is the financing and risk management aspects of corporate finance, and  security and portfolio analysis. The subject, incorporating current theories in finance, applies basic corporate valuation techniques to various investment types.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Term 2
On CampusEconomic and Finance Institute
Session 1
OnlineBathurst Campus
Session 3
On CampusCSU Study Centre Melbourne
On CampusCSU Study Centre Sydney
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: FIN531
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Accounting and Finance

Assumed Knowledge

FIN516 and FIN530

Enrolment restrictions

Postgraduate students only and not available to students who have completed FIN566.
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
FIN566 FIN566 There is significant overlap in content.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to solve financial problems under conditions of uncertainty;
  • be able to critically discuss and evaluate features of securities and security markets;
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in financial research and analytical skills; and
  • be able to communicate effectively about security and portfolio analysis.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • risk and return
  • portfolio selection models
  • asset pricing models
  • capital asset pricing model
  • index models
  • market efficiency
  • bond prices and yields
  • term structure of interest rates
  • bond portfolios
  • macroeconomic and industry analysis
  • equity valuation models.


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 23 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.