Securities and Investments


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Module Co-ordinator

Dr Konstantinos Gavriilidis


Dr Konstantinos Gavriilidis


25% Report, 15% Presentation, 60% Examination

Module introduction, aims and objectives

Securities and Investment (Investment Portfolio Management) builds upon the material covered in Finance I. and Finance II. However, it looks at financial securities from the point of view of an investor, rather than an issuer. Therefore, it explores, in greater detail, certain topics that are introduced in Personal Financial Planning.  The aim is to provide an overview of the main types of securities traded on the World’s capital markets, providing detailed analysis of equity products, derivatives and bonds. Popular trading strategies are examined including an introduction to short selling and pair trades that may be used by hedge funds, or other institutional and private investors. The importance of benchmark indices and robust performance measurement techniques for evaluating the performance of investment managers are also demonstrated. Ample attention is paid to the valuation of forward, futures and options contracts.

Learning outcomes and skills developed

By the end of the course, you should be able to answer the following questions, describe and explain the following concepts and perform calculations where indicated.  It should be noted that the following learning outcome statements provide a guide as to your expected level of attainment for each stage of the course.

Transferable skills

Over the course the students should also develop the following transferable cognitive skills:

  • Reading skills:Distillation of essential information from assigned reading
  • Communication skills: Delivery of coherent and logical written and oral arguments 
  • Self-management: Effective time management; working under pressure
  • Interpersonal skills: Effective listening; adaptability
  • Academic skills: Logical thinking and organising of data; problem solving
  • Self-study skills: The ability to study a topic beyond the basic lecture content


Please note that this module forms part of an accredited degree, and successful completion of this module is required to gain exemptions from the examinations of a number of professional bodies including ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland), CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) and ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). All students undertaking this module must complete all components of the module’s assessment including coursework, class tests and examinations (under exam conditions). Appropriate assistance to disability students is available in terms of the granting of additional time and the use of assistive technologies and other resources. However all assessment components must be completed. If you have any concerns about your ability to undertake the assessment for this module you must contact the module co-ordinator and student services immediately to discuss the additional support which is available.

Introductory reading

The core text book for this module is:

Keith C. Brown and Frank K. Reilly, Analysis of Investments and Management of Portfolios, 10th Ed., South-Western, Cengage Learning, 2012.

This module information is representative of what is included in the module in a given year. Details of actual reading, lectures and coursework may vary year to year and will be available at the beginning of the semester.

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