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Module Code: ACF406
Module Title: Alternative Investments and Strategies
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: International Business School Suzhou
Pre-requisites: N/A
The candidate should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the analysis of alternative investments, including hedge funds, private equity, real estate, and commodities.

The candidate should be able to explain and demonstrate the use of fundamentals of portfolio management, including return and risk measurement, and portfolio planning and construction.
Learning outcomes 
Students completing the module successfully should have demonstrated:

1. A systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current issues in the area of professional practice related to alternative investments and strategies

2. Originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of established, applied techniques of research and analysis as used to interpret knowledge and practice in the area

3. Conceptual understanding that enables the student to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, propose new practices

Method of teaching and learning 
This module will be taught using a combination of lectures, tutorial and consultation hours. Learning will be reinforced by appropriate readings from both the textbook and topical articles in the financial press.
A. Types of Alternative Investments and their Characteristics

B. Real Estate

C. Private Equity/Venture Capital

D. Hedge Funds

E. Closely-held Companies and Inactively Traded Securities

F. Distressed Securities/Bankruptcies

G. Commodities

H. Tangible Assets with Low Liquidity

I. Alternative Investments Management Strategy

J. Other Institutional Investors

K. Management of Individual/Family Investor Portfolios
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26     13      111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Online Open Book Exam 100.00

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