FINA2205 Quantitative Methods for Finance

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Finance major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Management and Commerce
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit provides Accounting and Finance students with a background of various statistical techniques used in addressing financial decisions. The unit covers probability theory, regression and time series analyses with emphasis on practical rather than theoretical aspects. Applications to financial modelling include optimal portfolio, portfolio management and asset pricing.
Students are able to (1) apply the concept of distributions of a random variable; (2) explain different types of distributions such as Normal, Bernoulli, Exponential, Log-normal and Uniform; (3) structure and test hypotheses; (4) apply regression and time series techniques to analyse simulate/generate and analyse data based on statistical tools such as regression analysis; (5) identify and understand the properties of commonly used time series models; (6) apply regression and time series analyses to dynamic global financial markets such as options and portfolios; and (7) demonstrate ability to work in a team and to provide constructive feedback.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) group work and presentations; and (3) examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Yihui Lan
Unit rules
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics (or equivalent)
FINA1221 Introduction to Finance (or equivalent); for pre-2012 courses: STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics (or equivalent)
six points of calculus
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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