Course Summary
Credit Type:
ACE Course Number:
Self-paced. 16 weeks (48 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Upper-Division Baccalaureate 3 Security Analysis and Portfolio Management or Investment Management


The course objective is to focus on the basics of investing, as well as the fundamentals of financial reporting, debt securities, portfolio performance analysis, and the investment process.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain and analyze portfolio theory, including measures of risk
  • Identify bond characteristics and compute bond prices and yields
  • Analyze options and futures markets, futures trading and market strategies
  • Examine investment management practices, emphasizing risk-adjusted rate of return, international investing, and diversification
  • And explain how to integrate various investors' objectives in the investment process
  • Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to define financial assets, financial markets, and the role of financial intermediaries and investment bankers
  • Explain equity and debt markets as well as stock and bond market indexes
  • Examine the mechanics of various securities markets, mutual funds and investment companies

General Course Topics:

  • An overview of investment basics
  • History of investment regulation
  • Asset valuation and financial reporting
  • Debt securities and security analysis
  • Stock markets, bonds and mutual funds
  • Derivative markets, options and swaps
  • Analyzing portfolio performance
  • Investment portfolio theory
  • The investment process
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials