- Number and length of classes: 3 hours face-to-face teaching per week consisting of 1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial
- The timetable for classes can be found on the University web site at:http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/
Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials
The prescribed textbook for the unit is:
Brooks, C. (2014) Introductory Econometrics for Finance, 3rd Edition, Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781107661455.
It can be purchased from the Macquarie University Co-op Bookshop, and it is also available in the Macquarie Library. Additional references, though useful but not required, include:
(i) Campbell, J., Lo, A., and Mackinlay, C. (1997) The Econometrics of Financial Markets, Princeton University Press. (This book is too advanced for our class, but contains a lot of interesting material).
(ii) Diebold, F. (2007) Elements of Forecasting, 4th Edition, South-Western College.
(iii) Enders, W. (2014) Applied Econometric Time Series, 4th Edition, Wiley.
• Material such as lecture slides, examples, and tutorial questions will be available on the unit home page. The text and lecture notes, together with the lectures and additional references will provide students with a clear indication of the basic content of the unit.
• It is recommended that students attend all lectures and tutorials for several reasons including:
• Not all the material in the text is included in the unit, and not all the material in the unit is covered in the text. In some places the text deals with issues in greater depth than is necessary for the unit, and in other places it doesn’t go far enough. The lectures contain all the unit material taught at the level required for the assessment tasks, and are your guide to the unit content.
• The approaches to some problems that are recommended by the lecturer are different to those in the text.
• The lectures will include guidance about the style and content of the final exam and recommendation about study technique.
• It is difficult (and often impossible) for staff to provide meaningful assistance to students outside class times on topics for which they did not attend the relevant lectures and tutorials.
Technology Used and Required
Students are required to use a computer to carry out certain tasks of the course, such as tutorials and assignments. The software programs used in this course include EViews 9 and Microsoft Excel.
Unit Web Page
• Course material is available on the learning management system (iLearn), which can be found at: http://ilearn.mq.edu.au.
• The following information will be available on iLearn:
- Unit Guide
- Lecture Slides
- Selected Tutorial Solutions
- Information on Assessments
- Staff Consultation Hours and Contact Details
- Other relevant material
You are strongly encouraged to regularly visit the website and use it as a resource centre to assist with your learning. If you are unable to access the website because you are not aware of or have forgotten your username and password, please contact the IT helpdesk located on Level 1 of the Library on 9850 6500. The IT helpdesk will also be able to assist you with using iLearn. Please remember to log out when you have finished using iLearn. Failure to do so could result in unauthorised access to your account.
Learning and Teaching Activities
This unit is taught as a mix of tutorials and lectures. The lectures are designed to provide the tools which can then be applied in tutorials. Tutorials are based mainly on empirical applications which require the use of econometric software packages. How to use these packages is taught in tutorials which are held in the computer labs.
- Lectures – large group learning (2 hour each teaching week)
- Self-study activities – learning by doing (about 6 hours each teaching week and 9 hours each week during the 2-week mid-semester recess)
- Tutorials –small group learning (1 hour each teaching week)