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721956S Alternative Investments, 6 ECTS cr 
Code 721956S  Validity 01.08.2010 -
Name Alternative Investments  Abbreviation Alternative Inv 
Scope6 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline6354 Finance 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Oulu Business School 

Petri Sahlström 

ECTS Credits 

6 credits

Language of instruction 




Period 1


Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of the course, the student knows the recent stylized facts about the performance of alternative asset classes. The student understands the risk and return characteristics of alternative asset classes and how to use alternative assets in portfolio management.


Hedge funds, Private equity funds

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching.

Learning activities and teaching methods 

36 hours lectures and exercises. Independent studying 124 hours.

Target group 

Major students in finance. The course is also available for the students, who need to complete their 60 ECTS credits minor in finance.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Asset Pricing, Portfolio Management

Recommended optional programme components 


Recommended or required reading 

Material provided by the instructors.

Assessment methods and criteria 

Final exam or other form decided by instructor


The course utilizes a numerical grading scale 1-5. In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail.


Person responsible 

Petri Sahlström

Working life cooperation 

Understanding of how the inclusion of alternative asset classes in an investment portfolio affects the characteristics of the portfolio is essential from the point of view of practical portfolio management.

Other information 

The number of students is limited.


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