Faculty of Business and Economics

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2012 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Asssociate Professor XibinZhang (Bill)


Illustrates how statistical and econometric methods can be applied to financial data to solve problems arising in financial markets. Also covers modelling, estimating and testing the volatility of financial markets. Practical examples will be discussed in lectures to enhance the understanding of analysing financial data using the statistical and econometric tools taught in this unit. An integral component will be the completion of a number of minor research projects enabling students to develop the necessary skills.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. identify the issues involved when modelling the dynamics of financial markets
  2. estimate volatility models using econometrics software
  3. critically evaluate the financial econometrics literature
  4. explain the financial market applications of the non linear models developed
  5. undertake a research project that applies the techniques and analysis to a financial market of interest.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Examination (2 hour): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Bill Zhang

Contact hours

3 hours per week


Students must be enrolled in course code 4412, 3816 or 3822 AND must have passed ETF3300 or ETC3460