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Finance II

The importance of the knowledge of investment processes and financial securities has risen over the last decades as the importance of the financial industry has increased and individuals have been given more responsibility to invest their pension contributions.

In recent years the importance of considering Environmental, Social and Governance issues regarding investments has increased. Topics discussed in the course include financial markets, portfolio theory, financial instruments, market efficiency, behavioural finance, portfolio performance evaluation international diversification and principles for responsible investments. The course provides an increased understanding of financial instruments, portfolio management, investor psychology and investment processes. The course consists of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and a portfolio management project.

  • Course structure

    The course workload is 200 hours equivalent to 7,5 ECTS (40 hours per week equivalent to 1,5 ECTS).
    The language of instruction is English. Please note that all teaching and learning activities - such as lectures, seminars, assignments and assessment tasks – are carried out in English when the language of instruction is English.

    Teaching format

    The course consists of a combination of lectures, seminars and group work and requires a significant portion of self-study on the part of students. Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different activities of the course.


    Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different course activities. Each assessment task is weighted in relation to its  importance in the overall assessment of the course. The student’s results from the different assessment tasks are added up to a total course score that will then translate into the final grade for the course.

    Assessment tasks
    The course contains the following weighted assessment tasks:
    1. Individual final exam.
    2. MCQ assignment.
    3. Portfolio management assignment.

    After completion of the course, students will receive grades on a scale related to the intended learning outcomes of the course. Passing grades are A, B, C, D and E. Failing grade is F.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Bodie, Kane, Marcus, Investments 12th edition, ISBN 9781447084280

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Course coordinator:

    Head of course: Mia Hinnerich