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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedNot offered in 2010


Topics covered will be selected from: Markowitz portfolio theory, CAPM, the inter-temporal CAPM, Black-Scholes stock price and its implications, stochastic integration, stylised facts about stock and stock index returns -- results from econometric and econophysics research, risky asset models which reproduce the stylized facts, option pricing under such models, Itos formula, Ito processes, Ito calculus, accumulation under stochastic rates of interest and other applications in finance, extreme value theory in stock and insurance markets.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • explain advanced mathematical treatments of theoretical and analytical concepts in asset pricing and financial engineering
  • critically analyse recent advances in mathematical and computational finance including wavelet analysis, artificial neural networks and copulas
  • explain asset pricing theories and the use of scholastic processes
  • critically evaluate empirical research that applies asset pricing theories
  • apply critical thinking, problem solving and presentation skills in individual and/or group activities dealing with mathematical finance.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination (3 hours): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Francis In

Contact hours

Two 1.5 hour classes per week


Students must be enrolled in course 0181 or 0171 to undertake this unit