You do NOT have to buy a printed textbook. You may find these books useful as additional references for some topics in ACST2001:
- Knox, D M, Zima, P & Brown, R L (1999) Mathematics of Finance (Second edition), Irwin/McGraw-Hill
- Sherris, M (1996) Money & Capital Markets (Second Edition), Allen & Unwin (available in library only)
- Viney C (2011) Financial Market Essentials, McGraw-Hill
- Valentine, T, Ford, G & Copp, R (2006) Financial Markets & Institutions in Australia, Prentice Hall
The recommended texts are available in the reserve section of Macquarie University Library.
For those wishing useful reference material on using Microsoft Excel, you may wish to buy a SIMnet online account http://mq.simnetonline.com.
Technology Used and Required
You may use a calculator in the class tests and at the final exam provided that it is portable, silent and battery operated, but you must show clearly the steps involved in every calculation. In the final exam you may NOT use any calculators that have a text-retrieval capacity, whether or not they have a full alphabet on the keyboard. Calculators may be checked at the commencement of the final exam, and the make/model may be recorded.
Many of the problems you will encounter in this unit can be solved easily with the spreadsheet program, Excel. You can use this spreadsheet program to verify your solutions to many of the problems you are solving. You will need to use Excel to do the Spreadsheet quizzes and the Group Spreadsheet Project. In addition, students in ACST2001 will be given access to the financial industry data platform, FactSet. This can be accessed through a web browser. You will use the data from FactSet to complete a number of the assessment tasks in the unit.
You might need to electronically submit your solutions (using iLearn) as PDF files for some of your assessments. Some possibilities to produce these files are: scan your handwritten solutions to a PDF file; use WORD (or similar software) to type out your solutions and save your work as a PDF file. For each assessment you can only submit one PDF file; it must contain all the pages of your solution (so make sure, if your scanner produces separate PDF pages, that you can combine them into one file).