Singapore University of Social Sciences

Selected Topics in Finance

Selected Topics in Finance (FIN363)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Finance

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Business


This course aims to introduce current developments in key concepts/issues in finance. Concepts of alternative investments and other current topics in finance will be covered in this course. It is expected that students will be equipped with conceptual and analytical skills needed to make sound investment strategies for themselves and their clients.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Establishing a Hedge Fund Investment Programme
  • Due Diligence for Hedge Fund Managers
  • Hedge Fund Return Distributions and Risks
  • Hedge Fund Benchmarks and Asset Allocation
  • Venture Capitals and Leveraged Buyouts
  • Mezzanine and Distressed Debt
  • Credit Derivatives
  • Collateralized Debt Obligations
  • Introduction to REIT and Dividend & Taxes of REIT
  • Analysis of Real Estate Investment
  • Introduction to Islamic Banking
  • Financial Instruments of Islamic Banking

Learning Outcome

  • Contrast traditional investments, such as bonds, equity and mutual funds, from alternative investments, including hedge funds, private equity investments, REITS.
  • Appraise the range of alternative investment instruments developed in recent years and design trading strategies using alternative investment instruments.
  • Show the construction and operations of hedge funds and private equity funds.
  • Illustrate the use of credit derivatives.
  • Analyse the field of Islamic Finance, highlighting the differences from mainstream finance.
  • Construct excel spreadsheets to model financial concepts.
  • Apply appropriate mathematical tools to valuation and risk management of alternative investment assets.
  • Contrast traditional from alternative investment assets in a portfolio and compute risk and expected returns on this portfolio.
  • Design risk management strategies using derivative securities.
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