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CFA Refresher and Consolidation Course II

Module description

This module is intended to refresh and consolidate the theoretical and practical concepts learnt in Stage 1 and 2 for the Financial Services Professional Degree Apprenticeship students. CFA Institute updates the curriculum regularly to ensure that topics are relevant for investment management practitioners and that changes reflect actual practice.  The aim is to identify the core competencies and the changes in the updated CFA Program and the latest curriculum. New case studies will be provided with in appealing way to engage with ethical decision making within a challenging investment landscape. The module summarises key CFA Program curriculum updates that reflect the practical knowledge and skills you need in today’s investment industry. Topics will include updates in the latest CFAcurriculum for the following areas: Financial Reporting and Analysis, Equity and Fixed-Income, Derivatives and Alternative Investments.

Full module specification

Module title:CFA Refresher and Consolidation Course II
Module code:BEF3111DA
Module level:3
Academic year:2019/0
Module lecturers:
Module credit:15
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Module aims

The aim of this module is to help students stay informed about the evolution of investment management and foster professionalism through continuing education. Any update in the latest CFA syllabus will be discussed. Students should be able to recognise the modern treatment of core topics in investments. New case studies will be presented to challenge students to evaluate firms’ and individuals’ policies and investment practices. The module will help students understand advances in technology that are affecting investment processes at many asset management firms and understand data science-related discussions.

New rulings and or pronouncements issued after the publication of readings in Financial Reporting and Analysis may cause some of the information covered in Stage 1 and Stage 2 to become dated. This module covers the latest readings in the evolution of financial services into a profession, the expectations for asset management professionals, and the challenges facing the profession.

The module addresses new content that acknowledge the varied needs and mandates of investors, covering products and strategies currently used in professional practice. An overview on the structure of the global asset management industry, examining major client segments and investment product types, will be provided. Several macro industry trends shaping the future of the asset management industry are also explored.

The module explains in detail any new knowledge that is not covered in the prior curriculum and provides students with a clear understanding of what is expected of them as CFA charterholders. The module takes a broader approach to the topics covered in the CFA curriculum, including real-world applications for how precise financial analysis can drive investment decision making. The overall consolidation of the module provides insights for improved decision making in investment management.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Evaluate expectations of and challenges for investment management professionals
  • 2. Appraise the elements of effective investment governance
  • 3. Describe the types of income and costs associated with owning and manging an equity portfolio and their potential effects on portfolio performance
  • 4. Assess elements of a manger’s investment philosophy that influence the portfolio construction process
  • 5. Discuss how assets under management, position size, market liquidity and portfolio turnover affect equity portfolio construction decisions
  • 6. Identify key aspects of updated financial regulations of financial institutions

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 7. Evaluate the potential benefits of shareholder engagement and the role an equity manager might play in shareholder engagement
  • 8. Discuss risk measures that are incorporated in equity portfolio construction and describe how limits set on these measures affect portfolio construction

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 9. Develop a sound knowledge of the investment management products, and their features and benefits, relevant to your role
  • 10. Understand the impact the external environment has on Financial Services as appropriate to your role, together with relevant best practice.
  • 11. Identify opportunities to drive higher performance and improve service/processes delivered, including sharing and looking outside of your team for best practice

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities35 hours (5 days)Workshops
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities8 hoursOnline lectures and seminars
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities4 hoursRevision
Guided independent study103 hoursReading and research, web-based activities

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Mock Exam2-hour exam1-11Marks and feedback
Online DiscussionOnline discussion contributions1-11Online discussion feedback from peers and lecturer
Weekly online practicesFour exercises1-11Correct answers on ELE

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Exam1002-hour written exam1-11Marks and feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Exam2-hour written exam1-11In line with University regulations

Re-assessment notes

Defer – as first time

Refer – capped at 40%

Syllabus plan

  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Equity and Fixed-Income
  • Derivatives
  • Alternative Investments
  • Final Consolidation

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:


  • Annual CFA® Program Changes, Members' Guide to Practitioner-Relevant Updates, CFA Institute.

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