Your Task: (40 marks)
Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) is widely used throughout finance for pricing risky securities
and generating expected returns for assets given the risk of those assets and cost of capital.
You are required to write a 3,500 (+/- 10%) word essay on the CAPM model. Your essay should
include assumptions of CAPM, a detailed explanation of the CAPM equation, problems with
the CAPM model in practical application, efficient frontier along with a discussion of security
market line. Please ensure your essay follows a logical flow and format. Your work must
include graphical analysis of CAPM as relevant.
You are required to use academic resources and e-library. Please do not cite Investopedia, Wikipedia
and other unreliable websites. Please research from published academic journals and textbooks the
access of which is available to you.
Proper intext citation and bibliography must be done using Harvard style.
NO ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT A SIGNED COVERSHEET
PASTED AS IMAGE IN THE SUBMISSION.FIN2101: Corporate Finance
Assignment Guidelines
Module Leader: Mrs Aisha Fazal
Deadline: November 30, 2020
Your Task: (40 marks)
Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) is widely used throughout finance for pricing risky securities
and generating expected returns for assets given the risk of those assets and cost of capital.
You are required to write a 3,500 (+/- 10%) word essay on the CAPM model. Your essay should
include assumptions of CAPM, a detailed explanation of the CAPM equation, problems with
the CAPM model in practical application, efficient frontier along with a discussion of security
market line. Please ensure your essay follows a logical flow and format. Your work must
include graphical analysis of CAPM as relevant.
You are required to use academic resources and e-library. Please do not cite Investopedia, Wikipedia
and other unreliable websites. Please research from published academic journals and textbooks the
access of which is available to you.
Proper intext citation and bibliography must be done using Harvard style.
NO ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT A SIGNED COVERSHEET
PASTED AS IMAGE IN THE SUBMISSION.
General Instructions & Format:
1) This is an individual assignment that you should be writing on your own.
2) The word limit for this assignment is 3,500 words (+/- 10%); excluding graphs and tables.
3) The assignment must be submitted on time (a soft copy to be uploaded on My Class
Turnitin Section ) to be considered for evaluation.
4) Assignments submitted after the deadline will be penalised by deducting 5% of the overall
mark for each day up-to 6 days; assignments will not be graded or accepted after 6 days.
5) If you face any problem, please make sure to contact your lecturer before the due date.
6) You are expected to support your work with sources from the literature and use Harvard
referencing style as appropriate, in text and in the list of references at the end of your
assignment.
7) Assignment related questions may be asked in the final exam.
8) Format:
a. Font: Times New Roman
b. Use double spacing and sufficient margins (3-4 cm)
c. Headings & subheadings font size: 14 points; the rest of the text: 12 points
d. All pages should be numbered; include a table of content
Grading:

The assignment will count for 40% of your final grade for this module.
Academic Integrity:

Fill in the BIBF Assignment Coversheet, scan it or capture it as a picture (to ensure that it
does not affect the similarity % counted by Turnitin) and paste it in the first page of your
assignment.

Make sure to sign the coversheet.

By signing the coversheet and uploading your work on Turnitin, you confirm that:

The work is your own, and that you have not copied another’s work or allowed anyone to
copy your work, and that you have referenced the work of others in an appropriate way.

You have read and understood the BIBF guidelines on Plagiarism and abided with the
necessary practice

Students who are suspected to have encountered any form of academic dishonesty will face
further investigation.
Grading Scheme
Category
Grade
Outstanding
Excellent
Distinction
70% and over
Good
Meets requirements of
Class
Good within the Class
Credit
Mid-Level
60-69%
Primary Marking Criteria










Comprehensive knowledge
Detailed understanding of the subject area
Extensive background study
Highly focussed answer and well structured
Logically presented and defended arguments
No factual/computational errors
Original interpretation
New links between topics are developed
New approach to a problem
Excellent presentation with very accurate communication




Knowledge of key areas/principles
Understands the main elements of the subject area
Limited evidence of background study
Answer focussed on question but also with some irrelevant material and
weaknesses in structure
Arguments presented but lack coherence
Has several factual/computational errors
No original interpretation
Only major links between topics are described
Limited problem solving
Some weaknesses in presentation and accuracy






Meets requirements of
Class
Good within the Class
Pass
Mid-Level
40-59%
Meets requirements of
Class











Knowledge of key areas/principles only
Weaknesses in understanding of the subject area
Limited evidence of background study
Answer only poorly focussed on question and with some irrelevant
material and poor structure
Arguments presented but lack coherence
Several factual/computational errors
No original interpretation
Only major links between topics are described
Limited problem solving
Many weaknesses in presentation and accuracy
For PGT – Insufficient to fulfil the associated learning outcomes
Secondary Marking Criteria

Exceeds expectations for most primary criteria

Complete command of subject and other relevant areas

Ideas/arguments are highly original

Exceeds expectations for some primary criteria

Complete command of subject

Ideas/arguments are highly original

Meets all primary criteria

Command of subject but with minor gaps in knowledge

Ideas/arguments are mostly original

Meets most but not all primary criteria

Command of subject but with some gaps in knowledge

Ideas/arguments are mostly original



Exceeds expectations for some primary criteria
Strong factual knowledge with some weaknesses in understanding
Ideas/arguments are limited but are well presented



Matches all primary criteria
Moderate factual knowledge with some weaknesses in understanding
Ideas/arguments are limited with weaknesses in logic/presentation



Matches most but not all primary criteria
Moderate factual knowledge with several weaknesses in understanding
Ideas/arguments are limited with weaknesses in logic/presentation



Exceeds expectations for some primary criteria
Moderate factual knowledge with several weaknesses in understanding
A few ideas/arguments are presented but with weaknesses



Matches all primary criteria
Limited factual knowledge with several weaknesses in understanding
Very few ideas/arguments are presented



Matches most but not all primary criteria
Limited factual knowledge with many weaknesses in understanding
Very few ideas/arguments are presented and with errors in
logic/presentation
Category
Grade
Good within the Class
Fail
0-39%
Mid-Level
Meets requirements of
Class
Primary Marking Criteria










Insufficient to fulfil the associated learning outcomes
No evidence of relevant knowledge or understanding
No evidence of background study
Answer relies on irrelevant material and lacks a coherent structure
No arguments presented or arguments are not relevant to the assessment
Many factual/computational errors
No attempt at interpretation
No links between topics are described
No attempt to solve problems or to address the assessment brief
The presentation is very weak containing many inaccuracies
Secondary Marking Criteria

Exceeds expectations for most primary criteria

No evidence of knowledge/understanding

Only limited evidence of an attempt to answer the question



Exceeds expectations for some primary criteria
No evidence of knowledge/understanding
Very limited evidence of an attempt to answer the question


Matches all primary criteria
No evidence of knowledge/understanding and/or evidence of
misunderstanding
No attempt to answer/address the question

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