|Unit convenor and teaching staff||
Unit convenor and teaching staff
50cp at 1000 level or above including [(ACST101 or ACST1001) and (STAT150 or STAT1250 or STAT170 or STAT1170 or STAT171 or STAT1371)]
This unit explores some basic concepts of finance, in particular: price; yield; the relationship between price and yield; interest rate risk; reinvestment risk; duration and its uses; volatility; the contingent payments approach; arbitrage pricing theory; pricing forwards; futures and options. To achieve understanding, this unit uses financial mathematics (the techniques learned in ACST1001 are developed further here) to analyse transactions involving commonly used financial instruments in the context of the markets in which they are traded. At the same time, students develop skills in solving problems; in explaining financial ideas in simple language; in constructing spreadsheet models; and in working as part of a team. A range of assessment tasks are provided, some to generate feedback on how well the understanding and skills are developing, and others to determine the standard of understanding and skills attained.
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
Assessment criteria for all assessment tasks will be provided on the unit iLearn site.
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Late submissions of assessments
Sometimes unavoidable circumstances occur that might prevent you from submitting an assessment on time and, in that case, you may be eligible to lodge a Special Consideration request.
Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, please note that no extensions to assessment deadlines will be granted. Assessments that are submitted late will attract a late penalty:
|Take-home Quizzes||20%||No||17/8/21 and 12/10/21|
|Spreadsheet Project Task||20%||No||5/10/21|
|Online Exam||60%||No||University Examination Period|
You will use the quiz links on iLearn to complete two take-home quizzes.
There are two components (an individual task and a group spreadsheet task). You will need to submit the tasks via iLearn.
The final examination will be an open book online exam, to be held during the University Examination period.
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2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation
You do NOT have to buy a printed textbook. You may find these books useful as additional references for some topics in ACST2001:
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.
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).
|1||Simple interest and short-term financial instruments, compound interest and bonds|
|2–3||Short-term financial instruments and bond prices|
|4||Bond prices, bond yields and zero coupon bonds|
|5||Re-investment risk and TRCY|
|7||Horizon analysis, bond duration|
|9-10||Contingent payments, forward contracts|
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