Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester
|Degree programme:||Master Sustainable Energy Systems|
|Type of degree:||FH Master´s Degree Programme|
|Winter Semester 2023|
|Course unit title||Introduction to Financial Markets - Market Strategy|
|Course unit code||800101022300|
|Language of instruction|
|Type of course unit (compulsory, optional)||Elective|
|Semester when the course unit is delivered||Winter Semester 2023|
|Teaching hours per week||2|
|Year of study||2023|
|Level of the course / module according to the curriculum||Second Cycle (Master)|
|Number of ECTS credits allocated||3|
|Name of lecturer(s)||Gunther ROTHFUSS|
|Prerequisites and co-requisites|
None. The course is introductory in nature. “Introduction to financial markets – market strategy” would be helpful, but is not required.
The course looks into the potential and the risks of various asset classes and investment strategies in financial markets. It specifically discusses the strategies with the best mix of opportunities and risks for private investors. It turns out that this question can only be answered when a number of constraints are known, the most important of which are investment goals, investment horizon, psychological make-up, expertise and resource limitations.
The volume of subject matter is so large, that only the most relevant issues can be covered in a single semester. The course therefore does not use a standard lecture format. Instead, every session begins with an introductory talk on one or two exemplary topics, which is followed by a student working session coached by the professor.
Students will be asked before the course to give their input on the subjects covered. The provisional list of subjects is as follows:
The course teaches the economic principles of financial market strategies, aiming to demonstrate chances and risks of, and successful approaches to, investing. The course also encourages an interdisciplinary approach to the matter at hand. Concrete learning outcomes are:
Students can outline the types of investment strategies in the markets, the preconditions and boundary conditions of these strategies, and the strategies which are suitable in principle for private investors.
Students can outline the risks entails by an investment strategy. They can describe specifically for private investors the role played by investment goals, investment horizon, psychological make-up, expertise and resource limitations, time restraints in particular.
Students can outline and give their assessment of a number of “technical” optimization strategies.
Students can describe and give their assessment of important “classical” investment strategies for private investors.
Students can outline the important role played by financial market intermediation for private investors.
Students can reflect the role played by chance in investment success.
Students can further research investment strategies independently and in a structured fashion. They can work towards a realistic self-assessment regarding their own goals and constraints.
|Planned learning activities and teaching methods|
Every session begins with an introductory lecture on one or two exemplary topics. It is followed by student working sessions coached by the professor.
Students are asked for their input on the topics covered before the course commences. the student working sessions are based on a reading list which will be published in time for the course.
|Assessment methods and criteria|
|Recommended or required reading|
Recommended literature and the reading list for student working sessions will be published in time for the course.
|Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)|