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AFCP6018 – Quantitative and Economic Analysis

2021 – AFC term 1, Fully online/virtual

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

To check the availability of face-to-face and online activities for your unit, please go to timetable viewer. To check detailed information on unit assessments visit your unit's iLearn space or consult your unit convenor.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Geoff Brianton
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Alan Rai
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Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to GradCertFin or GradDipAppFin or MAppFin or MAppFin(Adv)
Corequisites Corequisites
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Unit description Unit description
This unit provides the important building blocks in microeconomic and quantitative analysis required for advanced study in applied finance. Microeconomic analysis develops tools in demand and supply and critically applies these to the consumer and the firm. It concludes with an analysis of market structure. The second part of the unit develops quantitative skills that are used in finance, including descriptive statistics, probability, statistical inference, correlation and regression analysis. Spreadsheets are extensively used in statistical modelling.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Apply mathematical skills to finance based problems.
  • ULO3: Apply the key concepts, models and theories used in microeconomics to solve a range of finance based problems.
  • ULO2: Explain and analyse the key concepts, models and theories used in microeconomics as required for applied finance.
  • ULO4: Analyse data using the key concepts, models and theories used in probability and statistics.
  • ULO5: Demonstrate proficiency in using spreadsheet based statistical modelling to solve a range of finance based problems.

General Assessment Information

Information - Extension Requests / Penalties

Online Participation (15%)

No extensions will be granted. Students who have not submitted the task prior to the due date will be awarded a mark of zero for the task, except for cases in which an application for Special Consideration is made and approved.

Further information on submitting an Application for Special Consideration can be found at https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-consideration.

Assessed Coursework (55%)

No extensions will be granted. Students who have not submitted the task prior to the due date will be awarded a mark of zero for the task, except for cases in which an application for Special Consideration is made and approved.

Further information on submitting an Application for Special Consideration can be found at https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-consideration.

Final Exam (30%)

Deferral of an examination is not permitted unless an application for Special Consideration is made and approved.

Students who do not attend receive a mark of zero. This penalty does not apply in cases where an application for Special Consideration has been made and approved.

Further information on submitting an Application for Special Consideration can be found at https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-consideration.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Online Participation 15% No Refer to iLearn
Assessed Coursework 55% No Refer to iLearn
Final Exam 30% No Exam Week

Online Participation

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30.00 hours
Due: Refer to iLearn
Weighting: 15%

Participation in online discussion forums. Online discussions and tasks will be conducted during the term. You are required to participate actively in these forums, and your contributions will be assessed.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply mathematical skills to finance based problems.
  • Apply the key concepts, models and theories used in microeconomics to solve a range of finance based problems.
  • Explain and analyse the key concepts, models and theories used in microeconomics as required for applied finance.
  • Analyse data using the key concepts, models and theories used in probability and statistics.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using spreadsheet based statistical modelling to solve a range of finance based problems.

Assessed Coursework

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 40.00 hours
Due: Refer to iLearn
Weighting: 55%

You will be required to participate in a variety of assessment tasks for Economic Analysis and Quantitative Analysis. These will include written activities, online quizzes and project based learning.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply mathematical skills to finance based problems.
  • Apply the key concepts, models and theories used in microeconomics to solve a range of finance based problems.
  • Explain and analyse the key concepts, models and theories used in microeconomics as required for applied finance.
  • Analyse data using the key concepts, models and theories used in probability and statistics.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using spreadsheet based statistical modelling to solve a range of finance based problems.

Final Exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 12.00 hours
Due: Exam Week
Weighting: 30%

Online Exam via iLearn on all Topics


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply mathematical skills to finance based problems.
  • Apply the key concepts, models and theories used in microeconomics to solve a range of finance based problems.
  • Explain and analyse the key concepts, models and theories used in microeconomics as required for applied finance.
  • Analyse data using the key concepts, models and theories used in probability and statistics.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using spreadsheet based statistical modelling to solve a range of finance based problems.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

REQUIRED AND RECOMMENDED TEXTS AND/OR MATERIALS

Required Text:

The required textbooks for this unit are:

  • Microeconomics: Principles and Practice, 2nd edition (2017) by Frost, Taylor, Weerapana, Schuwalow, Cengage Learning. This textbook is available as either a print book - (ISBN-10: 0170380096 ISBN-13: 9780170380096) or eBook. See links below:

https://www.coop.com.au/search?keyW=9780170380096

Details on the eBook (a VitalSource eText) can be found at: https://www.vitalsource.com/en-au/products/microeconomics-principles-and-practice-lionel-frost-john-taylor-v9780170278973

It is recommended that students purchase the text with the Coursemate option.

  • Basic Business Statistics, 5th edition (2018) by Berenson, Levine, Szabat, O’Brien, Watson and Jayne, Pearson Australia (ISBN 9781488617249). Details on the textbook can be found at https://pearson.com.au/9781488617249. The textbook is available from the publisher's website as a paperback or as a VitalSource eText. The textbook is also available as a paperback from the Co-op Bookshop.

Additional Readings:

  • Additional readings are included iniLearn.
  • Students should assume these readings are examinable unless otherwise advised.

Assumed Knowledge: Mathematical content

  • This unit has a high level of numerical content. Consequently, this unit is mathematical and arithmetical. The applied nature of this unit means that the focus is on application of knowledge rather than complex mathematical derivations. To help prepare students for the numerical content in this unit, students will find a Fundamental Maths Quiz in iLearn. This will allow students to test their existing mathematics knowledge. Details on the quiz can be found iniLearn.

Assumed Access: Access to a computer with word processing and spreadsheet capability is assumed, as is general student computer literacy. In particular, students need access to a version of Microsoft Excel which includes regression analysis.

TECHNOLOGY USED AND REQUIRED

This is an online unit which will make use of the University's iLearn system.

Unit's iLearn Site:

  • Found by logging on to iLearn ilearn.mq.edu.au, then clicking on AFCP6018 Quantitative and Economic Analysis.
  • This is where you will find forums, downloadable resources and links to important pages.
  • The forum allows you to communicate with other students and lecturer(s) and may provide supplementarymaterial.
  • You are requested to post your questions on the forums at least 24 hours prior to the assessment submission date or the examination date. Questions posted after that time may not be answered. Please ensure that you do not leave your questions to the last few days.

Important Notice:

  • It is important that you familiarise yourself with the unit’s iLearnsite.
  • All students should check iLearn regularly and look for updates and distribution of materials related to the unit or assessments and participate in forum discussions.

Unit Schedule

The following schedule is a guide to the timing of each topic. Details of the required readings are provided in iLearn.

Week

Topic

Date when you should have started working on this topic

0

Topic 0: Essential pre-work

Monday, 4 January 2021

1

Key concepts, supply & demand model

Monday, 11 January 2021

2

Topic 2: Market analysis & elasticity

Monday, 18 January 2021

3

Topic 3: Cost curves & the competitive market

Monday, 25 January 2021

4

Topic 4: Market structures

Monday, 1 February 2021

5

Complete Economic assessment tasks

Monday, 8 February 2021

5

Topic 5: Descriptive statistics

Monday, 15 February 2021

6

Topic 6: Probability & random variables

Monday, 22 February 2021

 

Topic 7: Statistical estimation & inference

Monday, 1 March 2021

9

Topic 8: Correlation, regression & indices

Monday, 8 March 2021

11

Complete quantitative assessment tasks

Exam preparation start

Monday, 15 March 2021

12

Online exam period

Saturday, 27 March – Sunday 28 March 2021

 

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Results

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