MAT3104 Mathematical Modelling in Financial Economics
Semester 2, 2019 Online  
Short Description:  Math Model Financial Economics 
Units :  1 
Faculty or Section :  Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences 
School or Department :  School of Agric, Comp and Environ Sciences 
Student contribution band :  Band 2 
ASCED code :  010101  Mathematics 
Grading basis :  Graded 
Staffing
Examiner: Ron Addie
Requisites
Prerequisite: (MAT2100 and STA2300) or (MAT2500 and STA2300) or (ENM2600 and STA2300)
Rationale
Of fundamental importance to science, finance and engineering, are processes with random fluctuations. The series of prices of a financial instrument such as an equity, bond, or contract is an ideal and extremely important example. Some graduates will work in financial and commercial applications of mathematics where stochastic differential equations (SDEs) are of fundamental importance. SDEs also apply in many other areas in science and engineering and have many features that distinguish them from other mathematical models. Developing technical communication is also essential as preparation for the workplace which is addressed in this course.
Synopsis
This course begins by investigating models of economic activity and the financial and economic strategies which are used to stimulate economic activity. After this models of financial processes, such as equity prices, interest rates, bond yields, and so on are considered. Simulation models of such processes are developed and used in experiments using scripts written in R and scilab which are supplied on the course web page (students may choose whether to use R or scilab  it is not necessary to use both).
The theory of Stochastic differential equations is introduced and studied by simulation and in theory. Techniques for solving such equations by means of Ito's formula are explained and applied. This is applied to financial process problems and the BlackScholes differential equation is formulated and solved. Binomial tree models are introduced and used to solve a variety of option pricing models. In the last part of the course the method for solving option pricing problems based on the equivalent martingale measure. The oncampus offering of this course is normally available only in odd numbered years. The external offering of this course is available yearly.
Objectives
On completion of this course students will be able to:
 examine how to make use of simple mathematical models of an economy
 simulate stochastic processes of various types, using provided software, and interpret the results;
 apply mathematical models of financial or economic activity to model risk;
 solve and interpret stochastic differential equations (SDEs);
 prepare, for a general audience (not just mathematicians), documents and presentations of technical material both individually and in collaboration with other students.
Topics
Description  Weighting(%)  

1.  Macroeconomic models  15.00 
2.  Simulation modelling of financial and stochastic processes  15.00 
3.  Binomial models of financial instruments (options and other contracts).  20.00 
4.  An introduction to Ito's stochastic calculus. The BlackScholes model of European options and its solution.  20.00 
5.  Stochastic differential equations and their solution by means of Ito’s formula.  20.00 
6.  Martingale Models of Financial Markets and of Options  10.00 
Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed
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(Available on course StudyDesk.)
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Reference materials
(Chapters 13.)
(Chapters 22 and 23.)
(Chapters 13 & 12.)
(Chapters 14.)
(Chapters 1314 Operations Research Vol 2, 4th Edn.)
Student workload expectations
Activity  Hours 

Assessments  42.00 
Online Lectures  26.00 
Online Tutorials  26.00 
Private Study  78.00 
Assessment details
Description  Marks out of  Wtg (%)  Due Date  Notes 

ASSIGNMENT 1  10  10  08 Aug 2019  
ASSIGNMENT 2  15  15  22 Aug 2019  
ASSIGNMENT 3  15  15  12 Sep 2019  
ASSIGNMENT 4  10  10  10 Oct 2019  
2 HOUR RESTRICTED EXAMINATION  50  50  End S2  (see note 1) 
Notes
 Examination dates will be available during the semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.
Important assessment information

Attendance requirements:
It is the students' responsibility to participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of courserelated activities and administration.

Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the total marks available for each assessment item.

Penalties for late submission of required work:
Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4).

Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.
Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.
To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL (point 4.4.2).

Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

Examination information:
In a Restricted Examination, candidates may not have access to any material during the examination except the following: nonprogrammable computer

Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

University Student Policies:
Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.
Assessment notes

Exam paper presentation: All exam papers should be presented in accurate and clear writing by blue or black pen. Pencil writing is not acceptable. Assignments can be presented using any word processor such as Word or Latex, or can be neatly written by blue or black pen (but not by pencil).
Other requirements

Computer, email and Internet access:
Students are required to have access to a personal computer, email capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/currentstudents/support/computing/hardware . 
Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in prerequisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.