MATH20912 - 2007/2008
- Title: Introduction to Financial Mathematics
- Unit code: MATH20912
- Credit rating: 10
- Level: 2
- Pre-requisite units: MATH10121 or MATH10131, MATH10141 (or some familiarity with basic probability and statistics), MATH10222, MATH11222 or MATH10232
- Co-requisite units:
- School responsible: Mathematics
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The programme unit aims to enable students to acquire active knowledge and understanding of some basic concepts in financial mathematics including stochastic models for stocks and pricing of contingent claims.
This course is intended to serve as a basic introduction to financial mathematics. It gives a mathematical perspective on the valuation of financial instruments (futures, options, etc.) and their risk-management. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the stochastic techniques employed in derivative pricing.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this unit successful students will be able to price financial derivates
Future topics requiring this course unit
Third level courses in financial mathematics.
- Overview of basic concepts in securities markets.
- Stochastic models for stock prices.
- Hedging strategies and managing market risk using derivatives.
- Binomial option pricing model.
- Risk-neutral valuation, replication and pricing of contingent claims.
- Black-Scholes analysis.
- Stochastic volatility and stochastic interest rare.
Learning and teaching processes
Two lectures and one examples class each week<. In additional students are expected to work for about four hours each week for this course unit.