Senior lecturer in finance and Director of Teaching and Learning at the La Trobe Business School
New Undergraduate Finance Courses
Greg Jamieson is a senior lecturer in finance at La Trobe’s Business School, and draws on over twenty years experience as a manager and financial analyst. In 2011, Jamieson received an Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation recognising the quality of the learning experience he provides and the excellent preparation of graduates for employment in the finance industry.
Greg has aligned the curriculum of La Trobe’s Master of Financial Analysis degree with the requirements of globally-recognised professional accreditations in finance, and introduced Work Integrated Learning experiences into the curriculum.
One of these Work Integrated Learning experiences is the Investment Research Challenge, which will be offered to students for academic credit from 2012. The Challenge sees student teams research, analyse and value an ASX-listed stock with the assistance of industry mentors.
Drawing on the skills developed through taking part in the Challenge, a team of five undergraduate and postgraduate students from La Trobe was successful in winning the Australian final of the CFA Global Investment Research Challenge in 2010.
Greg is also responsible for designing a new means of motivating and assessing teamwork within the Business School. This involves grouping students with varying levels of academic performance into teams so that the average academic performance of all teams is equal at the start of semester.
Each team works to maximise the average performance of its members in the final exam. Team members are rewarded by being given marks equal to the improvement in average team performance in the final exam over the team’s performance at the beginning of semester.
Greg says this not only gives students experience that will be valuable to future employers, but also demonstrates that every individual can make a contribution to learning and solving problems.